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Teahupo’o Turns it On for Tahiti Surf Pro

August 22, 2014 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

Each year around August a very big wave literally swamps the tiny Tahitian town of Teahupo’o, more than quadrupling its population with the world’s best surfers and their travelling caravan of fans, media and sponsors.

This year is no different, with surf legends like Kelly Slater and Adriano de Souza lining up for more than $500,000 in prize money in the 2014 Billabong Pro.

Almost half of the competitors are Aussies including recent Tahiti champions Adrian Buchan and Mick Fanning and hot contenders Taj Burrow, Joel Parkinson and Nathan Hedge.

Tahiti Tourisme Australia Director Robert Thompson said the Billabong Pro always attracted plenty of tourists to Tahiti but this year’s big swell was causing a boon for the local tourism industry with flawless three to five metre waves curling over the famous break.

Mr Thompson said a strong surfing bond existed between Australia and Tahiti and even when Teahupo’o wasn’t in competition mode there were always lots of Aussies itching to take on the monster wave.

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