The waves at Teahupoo are one of the strongest and toughest to ride in the world. It is known for the heavy & glassy waves offshore, often reaching up to 20 meters (70 feet). It is the site of the annual Billabong Pro Tahiti surf competition. You might also know Teahupoo because of the pro-surfer Laird Hamilton. On August 17, 2000 he was credited with surfing the “heaviest wave” ever ridden, documented in the film “Riding Giants”.
The surfers on the photos below make it look as if riding these massive waves is nothing…yet one single mistake can lead to a disaster.