Let's go Surfing and Bodyboarding in Tahiti!
The sun warming your face, crystal blue water glistening under your board, waves rolling – heaven is calling!
The Islands of Tahiti are not only stunning; they’re also an incredible location to catch waves all year around, with two key surfing seasons per year. One during winter, which occurs between April and October, bringing with it strong swells from the south. The second takes place during the summer from November to March, allowing surfers to take on waves from the north.
Teahupo’o – the daunting wave that many venture to the Islands of Tahiti to witness. This force of nature can stand up to a 20 foot fall, though it is not its height that makes it so challenging. Teahupo’o is one of the heaviest waves in the world barrelling onto shallow reef, leaving its opponents both fearful and excited to take it on. Only the bravest and most experienced of surfers venture to the Islands of Tahiti to tackle this monster with the Tahiti Pro adding the location to its world tour.
It’s not only the avid surfers that travel to take on the famous Teahupo’o swell; daring bodyboarders are also keen to try their luck. In fact, this wave was first discovered and ridden by the bodyboarding legend, Mike Stewart. Bodyboarding requires extensive technical skill and there is no better way to display this then taking on one of the biggest waves in the world.
But don’t let this phase you! If you haven’t picked up a board before, there are plenty of opportunities to learn on the Islands. Some of the best spots to learn new skills include Papara and Pappenoo. Both of these locations are terrific as the wave difficulty varies along the beach, with waves growing from chest height to double overhead. The waves also break from the beach, making them less risky than the reef breaks.
There are locations to hire a board around the Islands and access to multiple surfing boat tours. You can also paddle out to many of the breaks in Tahiti yourself, although many can take up to 45 minutes to travel to. If you aren’t feeling the long trip, hop onto one of the boat tours that drop you just behind the breaks so you can save your energy for surfing and bodyboarding. The locals love to head out onto the water (and they are also very good at it), so get their advice on the best places to spend the day.
Find all the details from the Tahitian breaks and waves here.