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Air Tahiti Nu iTrials

(Photo credit – World Surf League)

As the best of the surfing world are getting ready for the looming Billabong Pro, Tahiti, starting from the 14th August 2015, tensions have been rising for those without places to gain a last minute spot to compete at this world famous break amongst the best in the world. The Air Tahiti Nui Billabong Pro Trials held on the 11th of August offered a limited 2 wildcard entries into the Billabong Pro Tahiti. The talents of Taumata Puhetini (PYF) and Brazil’s Bruno Santos shone through. This duo succeeded in accomplishing wild card entry, in up to 4 foot Teahupo’o, joining the World Surf League’s top 34 surfers in the world. Taumata and second place finisher Bruno will battle against Adriano de Souza (BRA), and Michel Bourez (PYF), alongside the experienced World Surf League champion surfer Mick Fanning (AUS) who narrowly avoided being chomped on by a shark at Jeffreys Bay and has in the past won the World Surf League three times and was an event winner in 2012.

Bruno Santos

(Bruno Santos. Photo credit – World Surf League)

Winners podeum

(Photo credit – World Surf League)

The 2014 Bilabong Pro saw Puhetini suffer an awful whiplash injury after a nasty wipeout, but he is still looking forward to competing. “I love Teahupo’o and I’m looking forward to the waves. I hope to surf against my good friend Italo (Ferreira) in the main event because I love his surfing,” said Puhetini.

Bruno Santos dedicated his accomplishments to and in memory of his friend Ricardo Dos Santos from Brazil, who was a winner twice at these trials. Bruno enjoyed the waves, but hopes for more on offer. “Today was fun small Teahupo’o with some really workable waves and barrel sections, but we’re really looking forward to some bigger swells coming and I’m confident we’ll see good waves in a few days for the main event.”

Santos Air Tahiti Nui Trials

(Photo credit – World Surf League)

Meet Teahupo’o

Teahupo’o is a world famous shallow-water reef break off the Pacific island of Tahiti. The waves that meet the steep and jagged ocean floor simultaneously creates waves of magnitude, both alluring and terrifying. This is a fascinating break with unbelievable beauty, set within a tropical location with the water around 80°F. The wave has jaw dropping power and positioning yourself correctly is difficult and decisions have to be made quickly as to whether to commit or not. “It’s about being in the right place at the right moment,” says local surfer Raimana Van Bastolaer. “You can be 3 or 5 feet away and it’s not the right spot. There’s boats with the camera guys behind the west bowl (for lining up with). If it’s west you shouldn’t be too far, if it’s south you should be a little deeper.”


(The calm blue lagoons of Tahiti that contrast with firing reef surf spots. Image provided byJon Rawlinson under the creative commons licence. The original image can be viewed here.)

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