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“Teahupo'o”

   

Description from Deb Harding: Teahupo'o is a village on the south-west coast of the island of Tahiti. It is also the name of a reef break wave which measures anywhere from 10' - 21'. This wave was 1st pioneered by legendary bodyboarders Mike Stewart (my bodyboarding man) & Ben Severson.
The characteristics of this wave are unusual. It breaks over an extremely shallow coral reef which can be only 20 inches below the surface. The wave is semi-circular in shape, drops down sharply & gives the effect of below sea level. A steep wall of reef causes the entire mass to fold into a scalloped semi-circular breaking arc. The lip of the wave is often as thick as it is tall.
Needless to say but this is an extremely dangerous wave & only seasoned pros should attempt to ride it. There have been deaths and serious injuries. The name Teahupo'o loosely translates to.English as "to sever the head" or "place of skulls".
But it is beautiful indeed. I would love to see it. From the beach or a boat outside of the break.

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  1. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    2 photos of the wave which show the semi-circular shape. 1 aerial view of the wave & the island. Gorgeous!

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  2. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Beautiful stunning pick, and pictures! You really have captured the island picture.

  3. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    More photos. 1 of a bodyboarder….if only I were that brave.

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  4. Kate
    Kate says:

    that’s wild!

  5. Blooming Ideas
    Blooming Ideas says:

    Wow! Your pick depicts this beautifully! :)

  6. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Kate I actually picked the tamer looking photos. There are some that would make your hair curl!!

  7. Lady425 aka Beth
    Lady425 aka Beth says:

    Gorgeous pick, Deb! And thanks for the mini lesson on the surfing and the waves – VERY interesting. Now that’s one place to put on your bucket list!!

  8. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Thanks Beth. It is on my bucket list. That, Tavarua, Pipeline, G-land, & many more waves I would love to see. My dream is an around the world surf & ancient ruins trip. I’m sure it would take a lot of money & time.

  9. truly blessed
    truly blessed says:

    I truly enjoyed your collection along with the visual both are absolutely inspiring.. I can”twist to get the gorgeous hand died sill and I plan to come back to your items as they can inspire ALOT OF fresh creativity in Making cards, I just hope they do u justice!

  10. MaryKay K
    MaryKay K says:

    The pick is as stunning as the pics! I, for one would love to see the hair-curling pictures. Beautiful, beautiful pick!

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