As soon as anyone mentions Tahiti its very easy to conjure up the image of chaos that seems to surround one of the most famous waves in the world, Teahupo’o. You know the image I mean, scores of boats and skis and mobs of photographers all jostling for a piece of the action as surfers push each other deeper and deeper to try and snag a cover shot. It appears that surfers have well and truly taken over the break and you wonder how many of them know it was the sponge brigade that first conquered it?
Since Mike Stewart, Ben Severson and Chris Tennberg first tackled Chopes in 1986, it almost seems as though the outside world is obsessed with the shallow breaking wave and has forgotten that Tahiti has other great spots and seem oblivious that Bodyboarders shred it just as hard and if not harder than many of their fibreglass riding counterparts. However Tahitian local David Tuarau is doing his very best to make sure the Surfers don’t have it all their own way.
In the clip below David shows some incredibly ballsy riding, chucking himself about like a man possessed. It is nice to see he is equally as accomplished on the knee and his riding exudes fun. Turn the lights down, open the clip to full size, turn up the sound and revel in Mr Tuarau’s fearless talent. Hats off to you David, way more impressive than a fast sucky barrel ride!