EPK Collection brings you a photographic print of Inside Teahupoo in collaboration with Surfline.
Don’t be fooled by the beauty of Inside Teahupoo. This isn’t your father’s perfect wave, and unless seeing your next birthday doesn’t rank on your list of priorities, it isn’t yours either. Tahiti’s Teahupoo (pronounced cho-po) is essentially a glorified closeout — a hideous, deadly barrel promising a heap of trouble for even the most capable of surfers. In recent years, professional contests and high-profile tow-ins have bombarded us with images of her seemingly flawless barrels, but no other surf spot extracts a higher toll than Teahupoo, the heaviest wave in the world.
Ages ago, freshwater from the mountains flowed into the ocean, eroding the reef and creating what is known today as Passe Havae. The pass is located where the town’s paved road ends, thus its early name, “The End of the Road.” The channel at Teahupoo isn’t actually a channel at all, as the wave bends and races along into a below sea level dry reef closeout. A 15-minute paddle from land, Teahupoo’s severe shape results from a drastic change in gradient as powerful swells leave a gently sloping bottom and are hurled forward by the reef. The lip — as thick as it is tall — pitches with such velocity that one must take off under it to avoid being launched. Guts alone may cut it at some big-wave venues, but here they’ll get you killed. An iron sack must be accompanied by finesse in negotiating a wave that has relegated Pipeline to mere warm-up status.
With this Limited Edition photographic print you can feel the power of Teahupoo every day from the comfort of your home! Collect Inside Teahupoo and the other iconic wave images from our Surfline collection.
EPK is a premium photography company that partners with the world’s best youth sports properties, athletes, and photographers. EPK’s goal is to preserve EPK moments in sports. All EPK images are limited-edition prints, designed in Encinitas, California, and printed in the USA.