While many surfers are packing bags for Hawaii, Southern California, and Mexico this summer, those heading south of the equator are also in for some serious action. It is in these colder months that Southern Hemisphere surf spots actually see some of their biggest waves.
Still, one surf village doesn’t even need the wintry boost. Red Bull recently collected video of a score of surfers along the coast of Teahupo’o, Tahiti, where they gave its infamous, massive-crested waves their best tries. In every instance, the result is thrilling. Moroccan Jerome Sahyoun finds great success, smoothly carving through the barrel, while others fall precipitously from the steep crests, the force too much to handle. At one point Australian pro surfer Owen Wright cruises through the barrel and simply looks up in wonder.
The area’s uncommonly hollow barrels can be attributed to a shallow, semi-circular shaped coral reef, which adds to the volatility of the wave and produces spectacular results for the world’s most experienced surfers.