On the weekend the first carriage in a long southwest swell train hit Teahupoo. This swell was the same one that broke the wave height record as it rounded the bottom of New Zealand. Unfortunately the bulk of the swell had a touch too much west in it, so the expected 8-10 foot at Teahupoo turned into 6-8 foot, though the big wave spots of the eastern Pacific - Mataveri, Punta De Lobos, Pico Alto, and even further north at Puerto Escondido - are sure to roar into life in the next few days.
Unperturbed, Tim Bonython threw his legs over the gunwales as Teahupoo unfurled all day under light trades.
Teahupoo is expected to break all this week with another peak in size on Thursday morning.
Vetea David reaching for the rail
Ruarii Atani in sequence, above and below
Lorenzo Avvenenti calmly deals with an interloper - see also video below