Tahiti doesn’t even seem real. It’s almost too gorgeous, too picturesque; sorta like a CGI version of reality, or the image results of a Wikipedia entry for “paradise.” And that’s true from a surfing perspective, too. Many of the waves are near-perfect, all breaking in some of the bluest water on earth, with towering junglescapes looming over white, black, and pink(!) sand beaches. Of course, Teahupo’o comes to mind when most surfers think about Tahiti. It is, without a doubt, the island’s marquee surf spot – albeit unfathomable for mere mortals when it’s anything above overhead (and sometimes less). But there’s a lot more that Tahiti has to offer than the End of the Road. Hit play above for a visual tribute to Tahiti – brought to you by longtime expat lensman on the island, Tim McKenna – which shows highlights from super sessions at Chopes, along with a showcase of some of the lesser-known breaks, too.
A big and out of control swell hit the South Bay region of Los Angeles on November 4th, 2021. This swell was much bigger than forecasted but had horrible shape and a crazy thick fog layer filled the air.
The paddle out was a nightmare filled with 100 yards of soupy backwash and crazy set waves. Thanks for watching. I’m Brad Jacobson and I’ll see you on the beach.
Yes, we have gone a little Jaws-crazy this week. We covered November 2nd, opening day at Peahi, in Realtime, we posted four amazing rides from Albee, Billy, Francisco and Kai — plus one of the biggest successfully ridden bodysurfed waves of all time by Kalani Lattanzi. Can’t help ourselves, really — we just get so excited when the seasons change and the North Pacific starts cranking out big surf. And while it wasn’t historically gargantuan by Jaws’ standards, there were some historic rides that went down. Hit play above for a full highlight reel from the day.
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