First Tahiti swell of Spring 09

I have been to Tahiti several times chasing big Southern hemi swells, tow surfing and paddle surfing and I have always dreamed of stand up paddling Teahupoo. So this trip was all about SUP and exploring the other islands and meeting new friends.

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Making the drop at Teahupoo is always critical.
This was my first cover-up and a breakthrough in what I knew I could do.
This was my first cover-up and a breakthrough in what I knew I could do.
This was one of the bombs I got this day which ended as one of the best tube rides I got and as one of the best beatings.
This was one of the bombs I got this day which ended as one of the best tube rides I got and as one of the best beatings.
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Go Pro self portrait as I enter the tube.
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Another angle as I enter the inside bowl.
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Go Pro self portrait as I get locked deep in the tube.
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This is what I dream about and finally a reality.
You always pay a price when you push it, but that is half the fun.
You always pay a price when you push it, but that is half the fun.
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this is the view after a solid beating, when you come up for air and have to dive deep again until you get washed into the safety of the lagoon.
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looking out at Teahupoo after a good lunch.
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this was a cool shot from a hotel we stayed at before going to Morea.
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I borrowed a kite board from a friend and a had a blast this day on Morea.
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I always travel with kite gear just incase it gets windy. "Gotta do it all".
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Tim Ditty getting friendly with the rays on Morea.
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a lifestyle shot for the sponsors.
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always great to do some exploring.
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