Watch: Teahupoo after lockdown

Stu Nettle
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Just two days out of a two month lockdown, Tahitian locals embraced the first swell after the COVID restrictions. The downtime having done little to dull their reflexes.

And with the rest of the world confined to their own borders, it was a locals only affair at Teahupoo.

The last wave, in case you're wondering, is ridden by Gilbert Teave, just fourteen-years old but lives on Teahupoo's doorstep.

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mr mick commented Tuesday, 19 May 2020 at 3:24pm

Great waves...big lad for 14! Got some BALLS!!

Mr mick

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blackers commented Tuesday, 19 May 2020 at 6:24pm

Hows that drop at 2:17? Man! Good to see the locals getting some, having fun and the pure stoke on making it. Uplifting.

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Ronson commented Tuesday, 19 May 2020 at 4:37pm

and he did it easy too....

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Bungan33 commented Wednesday, 20 May 2020 at 12:40pm

That is sheer mastery. A sublime mix of insane talent and board design artistry. How does a board hold a rail there?? Like he has horizontal stabilisers on his rails. Incredible that you can stand on a 6 foot platform of foam, sliding sideways, as thousands of litres of water cascade over your head and detonate in tons of pressure per square inch....
Its the kinds of vision that makes you push your own surfing the next time youre at you local beachy taking off late. Love it.

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Island Bay commented Tuesday, 19 May 2020 at 4:07pm

Unreal.

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Bungan33 commented Tuesday, 19 May 2020 at 4:27pm

Whats with the "hold my balls" claim? God knows I'd be excited to make it out alive...but holding your balls is a little contrived....
never been a big fan of any claim other than that can't-hold-it-in sheer unbridled "thank god I'm alive" exultation. Or of course those sneaky little fist pumps you see a micro-grom do when they land their first reo.

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Body slide commented Tuesday, 19 May 2020 at 4:33pm

How much stoke was had on this day!!...... its kinda missing from the pro/insta/hero clips that we see so much of..... something genuine vs something financial?? Covid keeps on giving.

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jacksprat commented Wednesday, 20 May 2020 at 10:05am

As Oscar Wilde said 'The only thing better than claiming is not to claim.'

onetimeonly

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Nathan Hendriks commented Wednesday, 20 May 2020 at 7:39pm

Sugagne

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fitzroy-21 commented Thursday, 21 May 2020 at 3:46pm

How good is that wave with such clean conditions and the sun shining.

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harrycoopr commented Saturday, 23 May 2020 at 9:35am

Name of tune/band pls?

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essayfilms commented Saturday, 23 May 2020 at 10:48am

I'm too old to watch this all the way through. My heart is still pumping wildly. Any more and I'll end up in ICU. How do these young men do it? (I think I know why ... because they can?)

essay

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bipola commented Saturday, 23 May 2020 at 11:03am

that was very up lifting. big clean waves late take offs made my day