From May to November each year, Tahiti, and the village of Teahupoo specifically, is renowned for having some of the heaviest waves in the world attracting thrill-seekers and professional surfers world-wide to participate in annual surfing competitions including Air Tahiti Nui Von Zipper Trials, Taapuna Pro Master and finally culminating in the key event of the surfing calendar - the Billabong Pro Surfing competition.
Taking place August this year, 48 of the world’s pro surfers will take to Teahupoo to ride the glassy waves that can reach as high as 20 ft. providing an exhilarating spectacle for viewers.
With plenty to offer adventure travellers above and beyond extreme surfing, The Islands of Tahiti are a paradise for all kinds of outdoor activities and water sports. Keen trekkers can discover Moorea and its ‘Pineapple Road’ which crosses rivers and forests and climbs up 1,200 metres to reach the island’s highest peak. One of the most impressive excursions is to the sacred Haukaui Valley in the remote Marquesas Islands which leads to the wondrous Vaipo Waterfall measuring a staggering 350 metres. For watersport aficionados, The Islands of Tahiti are an unforgettable nautical playground.
With year-round warm temperatures, an array of marine activities are on offer from scuba diving, snorkeling, jet skiing, fishing and sailing. And while Teahupoo’s impressive waves are notorious for their wave-riding challenges, nearby Moorea provides both amateurs and professionals with activities such as kite surfing, windsurfing, and water-skiing, jet skiing and parasailing. Whether it is an adventure break or a relaxed holiday, visitors will find plenty to keep them occupied across French Polynesia. Billabong Pro Surfing Teahupoo takes place 15-26 August 2014