Raimana Van Bastolaer
Nearly two years after the "Code Red" swell, Teahupoo decided to remind everybody exactly what it was capable of, and local icon Raimana Van Bastolaer was there to ride the biggest wave of the day. The scary thing is, there's a lot more swell on the way.
And just when everybody was wondering where Laird Hamilton was, he shows up in Tahiti and demonstrates that he's still very much a force to be reckoned with in any and all lineups.
G-Mac in the driver's seat and documenting every moment of it. "Thank God everyone came home safe!" tweeted McNamara at the end of the session.
This is what the first day of the swell was doing, forecast charts indicate more surf of similar size and power to pour through over the next few days.
Just a couple weeks ago Alex Gray was onstage hosting the Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards. Now he's in the thick of it in Tahiti. Talk about walking the walk.
Keala Kennelly pretty much got her face ripped off at Teahupoo on the "Code Red" day. It appears both the physical and mental wounds have healed as she was getting after some big ones as the swell built through the day.
The one that got away
You want a piece of this?
Wade Goodall demonstrating how to lose a small-wave reputation in under 30 seconds. Nope, he's not just an air guy.
Walking the tight rope, Riou holds on as half the Pacific throws over him.
Scooby was at Teahupoo on the "Code Red" days and knows just how dangerous the place can be. But when you get a wave like this , you can't help but want another.