Watch: Tikanui Smith // Chopes 2020
Last year we ran a Tim Bonython video about the young Chopes locals stepping up to the mark. After years of travellers getting the best waves, a new generation of locals were claiming their rightful place at the top of the totem.
"I honestly don't see any international guys that are better than the locals these days," said photographer Domenic Mosqueira.
Now, with Tahiti isolated, and the storm belt delivering multiple big days, the locals are increasing their advantage.
In this vid, Tikianui Smith bags a truckload of barrels from the last few months alone.