Watch: Tikanui Smith // Chopes 2020

Stu Nettle
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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.

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goofyfoot commented Wednesday, 15 Jul 2020 at 3:00pm

Some amazing take offs in there.

It’s a very short wave isn’t it

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Westofthelake commented Wednesday, 15 Jul 2020 at 6:15pm

Swell direction maybe?
I'm sure I've seen footage of it being a fairly long wave at times.

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michael.possingham commented Thursday, 16 Jul 2020 at 3:57pm

Yeah if you get caught inside be prepared to get smashed !

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Ash commented Wednesday, 15 Jul 2020 at 3:13pm

Drone shows it well, the wave has no back it's just all ocean pushing over the reef. Effin scary wave

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Nick Coleman commented Wednesday, 15 Jul 2020 at 3:32pm

Nasty drop in at 2.32

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Remigogo commented Wednesday, 15 Jul 2020 at 3:56pm

Some monsters in that lot. Done well fellas!

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flow commented Wednesday, 15 Jul 2020 at 3:56pm

Look like Russell Bierke at 3:37 on the boat.

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Spuddups commented Wednesday, 15 Jul 2020 at 4:59pm

Ha ha, yeah, I saw that as well. Would be good to see some of him surfing that day.

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Westofthelake commented Wednesday, 15 Jul 2020 at 6:12pm

The wave which starts around 4:30 is freakin' insane.

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jere-my commented Wednesday, 15 Jul 2020 at 7:29pm

we ain't calling him "tiks da freak" for nothing !! he is one of the best out there for sure, always pushing the limits.. respect beast

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tango commented Thursday, 16 Jul 2020 at 9:04am

The floggings they must have had to get it that wired make me shiver.

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memlasurf commented Thursday, 16 Jul 2020 at 9:26pm

Frightening.

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GONAD_MAN commented Friday, 17 Jul 2020 at 10:17am

On some of those take off's, he's sliding down the face sideways until his fins bite into the wave. Fuck that. He's got bigger balls than me. :)