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All the information you need on Tahiti

Tahiti is among the most picturesque and exotic places in the Pacific Ocean. It's a awe-inspiring place to visit for anybody but an unbelievable one for a surfer. The island truly is a paradise, tropical crystal clear water, extraordinary beaches and a easygoing island lifestyle.

Tahiti surfing is extremely acclaimed amongst worldwide surfers with the heaviest and most critical breaks at Teahupoo on the south slide of Tahiti Iti. There are many additional excellent breaks about Tahiti, off the north coast at Matavai Point and Point Venus and the south coast at Papara and Fishermans Point.

There are 2 surf seasons in Tahiti and these are from November to March (summertime) and April to October (wintertime). The swells from the north come on the summer season and are frequently 8ft while Hawaii is 15ft. Wintertime is generated from mountainous southerly storms from Antarctic continent and New Zealand. The shores are thumped with surf and there are spots that can manage all swells.

Surfing is also respectable on the north coast of Moorea and off Haapiti on the west coast of Moorea. Huahine are the newfangled up-and-coming surf spot with numerous consistent breaks off Fare Town on the west coast. All breaks are approachable from the coast but are reef or passage breaks which command experience and heart.

For pro surfers, world class surfing can be found on Teuhupoo in Tahiti. This beach also holds the Billabong professional Championships in May here annually, with some of the heaviest waves on the island.

Tahiti is the biggest island in the Windward group of French Polynesia, sited in the archipelago of Society Islands in the southern Pacific. It is the economical, ethnical and governmental nerve center of French Polynesia. The island was conceived from volcanic activity and is high and hilly with circling coral reefs. The population equals 178,133 (2007 census), making it the most thickly settled island of French Polynesia and accounting for 68.6% of the group's complete population. Tahiti was at one time titled Otaheite.

The capital, Papeete, is situated along the northwest coast with the only international airport in the area, Fa'a'a International Airport, located 5 km (3.11 mi) from the township heart. Tahiti was originally colonised by Polynesians between AD 300 and 800. They constitute nearly 70% of the island's population with the rest built of Europeans, Chinese and those of amalgamated heritage. The island was announced a colony of France in 1880 though it wasn't till 1946 that the native Tahitians were legally empowered to be French citizens. French is the only established language though the Tahitian language (Reo Tahiti) is widely spoken. It was part of the Kingdom of Tahiti till its appropriation by France in 1880.

Experience the End of the Road, Tahiti A short surf clip I managed to scrape together in between shooting still photographs from a trip to Teahupoo in Tahiti. Surfers include: Dillon Mincher, Fergal Smith, Nick Gibbs, Ryan Gallina, Nahuel Amalfitano, Rob Brown, Thorto, Jonathan Mincher, Josie Graves, PJ Raia. This isn't the mind blowing huge surf you may be accustomed to seeing from the End [...]


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