June 29 - 2011
12 days ago, I was ensconced in a French sofa and suddenly everything changed …
My skype logo, jumps alone down my screen, Benjamin Thouard the photographer, wrote . ” Eh you see the swell in Tahiti?” (Translation There’s a big swell coming you come?)
I look at the maps on 3-4 weather forecast websites, the Pacific is red , a storm rises in the 50 th roaring all the way down south, and will distribute large waves in the next four days in French Polynesia.
The swell of the year maybe, and it looks windy! Air France website, tickets are not cheap, but hey I’m looking for excuses, it’s been long since I didn’t came to Tahiti since four years after living here, and to ride again at Teahupoo, it itches me a lot.
In short three days later I’m in the Air France plane, upgraded to Business with Benjamin en route to Tahiti.
At Los Angeles on Air France flight is canceled for technical problems … we end up at the hotel, a little annoyed. we were supposed to arrive the next morning at 3 am, go to Benjamin’s house, 4 kilometers from Teahupoo and go directly to the spot.
We spend a good night, we manage to take a plane on Air Tahiti Nui, and we arrive at night, missing the swell from Saturday.
We learn quickly that we didn’t have missed anything, rain all day and no wind.
The following day, that was the festival at Teahupoo.
Tow in team (surf towed) Laird Hamilton, with Baptiste Gossein for the tow, Teiva Joyeux, Van Raimana Bastolear, Walsh Brothers, 5-6 jet ski team, and Julien Sudrat and i, kitesurfing.
A beautiful day, with commitment, friends, sun, and wipe out the year for Julien Sudrat.
3 days of top conditions, picswill be in the mag soon.
I plan to stay for a week, it’s been 10 days already, we got wind and waves, I am shooting the third episodes of Make My Day 3.
In fact, it still few days to play and win a board on the second episode of make my day in Indonesia, check here.
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