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Surfing in French Polynesia's insider take:

While there are fabulous surf spots all over French Polynesia (Teahupoo on Tahiti is one of the world's most awesome breaks), Huahine's reliable year-round waves make it especially popular with riders. There are three main spots in the Fare area on the west side, Fiiti, Fare, and Vahine (a beginner break, though only strong swimmers can paddle out to it). There's also Parea on the south side. Increasing crowds at these spots have made some locals a bit resentful—so be respectful and friendly when you arrive, don't surf alone, and don't expect to get advice on how to avoid the reef or where to find secret spots. Surf gear is expensive and hard to find here; bringing extra wax, rash guards, leashes, and such and giving them away to locals (a.k.a. bribes) may give you access to local knowledge. You can also check out for detailed information about surfing breaks, seasons, and conditions throughout French Polynesia.

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