Watch: Children Of Teahupoo

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Stu Nettle (stunet)
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"In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, on the island of Tahiti, lies a village that's home to one of the world's most beautiful waves - Teahupo'o. Facing mystical mountains covered in a wild and luxuriant jungle, the perfect wave of Teahupo'o wraps around the reef to create a powerful tube that attracts the best surfers on the planet.

"Photographer Tim Mckenna has been documenting this paradise for over 25 years. From Laird Hamilton's Millennium Wave to WSL competitions, the locals pushing the limits, and the upcoming Olympic Games, he has been a privileged witness to Teahupo'o.

"Alongside all the big names in surfing, he has seen the emergence of a generation of local kids who have come to tame this mythical wave. Among them are Tahurai Henry and Gilbert Teave.

"Aware of how lucky they are to have grown up in this paradise, they dedicate all their energy and heart to preserving the place and passing on their culture to future generations. They are the guardians of the temple, the heirs of the village. They are the children of Teahupo'o."

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wallpaper Thursday, 11 Jul 2024 at 12:52pm

eats garbage for breakfast

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big wave dave Thursday, 11 Jul 2024 at 5:55pm

I wish them luck. It's a noble cause and quite relatable in that so many of our coastal communities in Australia are having the same battles with development and growth and change...accepting that it's inevitable, but still trying so hard to protect those things about our coastline that we love dearly and cherish from the bottom of our hearts. Good luck to all our coastal warriors!

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wallpaper Thursday, 11 Jul 2024 at 6:14pm

and so the same bloke who moved there to take millions of photos of the place and his willing subjects are now whingeing because it's been exposed and all that follows that...riiiiight

content content content though with a side dish of raw prawn

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gnomen Thursday, 11 Jul 2024 at 6:50pm

Beautiful film, the beginning drone footage was beautiful too. No wonder Fletcher Christian and Co didn't want to leave! (Tahiti). I wonder how they will stop development, they'll be another whole lot of the community that will welcome it for many reasons. All they can really expect/hope for is that its done sustainably.

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Yendor Friday, 12 Jul 2024 at 6:34am

The powers that be in France have a long history of shitting over far flung regions. Look at Muroroa atoll (nuclear tests); the situation in New Caledonia.

There is an uncompromising and unapologetic nature to French colonialism that continues to this day.

Don't like Greenpeace, well let's blow up their ship in NZ then treat the bombers like heroes.

Good luck to the Teahupoō locals.

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Yendor Friday, 12 Jul 2024 at 6:34am

The powers that be in France have a long history of shitting on far flung regions. Look at Muroroa atoll (nuclear tests); the situation in New Caledonia.

There is an uncompromising and unapologetic nature to French colonialism that continues to this day.

Don't like Greenpeace, well let's blow up their ship in NZ then treat the bombers like heroes.

Good luck to the Teahupoō locals.

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57 Friday, 12 Jul 2024 at 2:54pm

the more you wave your hands the more you wish you didnt