Teahupoo is a spot of legends, a spot where, a lucky rider can get the barrel of their life and quite possibly the cover shot on a leading magazine and their 15 minutes of fame. It is a wave that looks like no other and can look like pure heaven, it is however a wave that can dish out some serious punishment.
Breaking over an extremely shallow coral reef, the grinding left-hander is an enigma of a wave and is one of the most photogenic waves in the world. The thing about Chopes is that it has no favourites, and it couldn’t give a monkeys what kind of board you ride, it will spank you just as hard as the next guy. It makes no odds if you are a Surfer, Paddleboarder, Kitesurfer or Bodyboarder, you WILL get drilled, and you will get drilled hard!
We have a video that features 3 minutes of the most hideous wipeouts and beatings you are likely to see and shows riders on all sorts of craft getting mullered onto the reef below. Our particular favourites are the riders who act so nonchalant and relaxed, whilst they believe they are getting a guaranteed cover shot, just before they are handed a big chunk of back to earth pie!
Grab a cushion to hide behind and take a look at the video below – Feel free to tell us which flogging is your favourite!