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Teahupoo , Tahiti
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At the sleepy end of South Road on Tahiti Iti—just about the farthest you can go from chaotic, congested Papeete—life continues as it has for generations (if you are driving, go slow to avoid stray dogs that dash into the road). With one major exception, that is. Between April and October an influx of surfers comes to gawk at one of the most hyped surf breaks in the world: Teahupoo (pronounced "cho-poo," or if you want to be completely correct about it, "tay-ah-hoo-poo"). When the waves here are big, they're cartoonishly big—25 feet high and thick, with only dry reef below. Surfing here is a spectator spot for most; only experts should even attempt this Mt. Everest of swells. But many do, much to the delight of locals and surf enthusiasts. Each May surf company Billabong sponsors a contest for top-ranked wave riders like Kelly Slater and Andy Irons. (Mere mortals can take a skiff out to less dangerous breaks nearby such as Te Ava Ino, Te Ava Iti, and Vairo.) In the village of Teahupoo you'll find a handful of modest family-run pensions (including Vanira Lodge).
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