Tag Archives: surf

Out for a Walk

(Rautoanui Pass, Raiatea, Society Islands, French Polynesia) The surf’s up and the living is easy! The sun is out, the paddle boarding is sweet, our friends are rad, and a bunch of other things are equally fantastic, though that doesn’t sound near as cool so I’ll just stick with my initial statement. Some awesome days […]

Chicken Questions

(Rautoanui Pass, Raiatea, Society Islands, French Polynesia) Today was filled with a cornucopia of necessities, manoeuvres, and good times. We loaded up on fuel and food in the town of Uturoa. We moved Oceanna around the north end of Raiatea to post up along a western facing pass which has been endowed with two mirror […]

Lumpy Waves in Picturesque Haapiti

(Haapiti, Moorea, Society Islands, French Polynesia) Let me first say that our crossed-fingers trick only got us as far as 6 am the following morning in Papeete. Yesterday we were awakened by the loud-speaker of a very large tugboat kindly asking us to get the hell out-of-the-way. As expected, anchoring was not allowed in that […]

Scoring Waves and Avocados

  (Marina Taina Anchorage, Tahiti, Society Islands, French Polynesia) Three days ago we moved anchorage to the crowded area around Marina Taina. Our new locale has two great things going for it. One, town is right there with roads to run, Carrefour to shop, and wifi to connect. While its second attractive quality is that […]

Sharing the Car

  (Vairao, Tahiti, Society Islands, French Polynesia) I went for a run this morning and couldn’t help think of the BC coast. I haven’t had the privilege of spending much time there, but that’s where all of Gregory’s family is from. And when we’ve ventured out to Powell River to visit Gregory’s grandmother Betty, the […]

Saskatchewan Surf Rescue

(Vairao, Tahiti, Society Islands, French Polynesia) Like you can’t picture Kevin Costner standing out in that cornfield with the memorable If you build it, they will come line running through your head. I know I certainly can, and I’m beginning to think everyone is bestowed one Field of Dreams moment in their life to fulfil […]

Teahupoo Still Firing

(Teahupoo, Tahiti, Society Islands, French Polynesia) What can I say, Teahupoo was still going off today and we’re still mesmerized by the show. The wave is breathtaking to watch due to its immense and terrifying beauty, but also because of the riders out there daring to take a chance. Set after set, and try after […]

Teahupoo Goes Off!

(Teahupoo, Tahiti, Society Islands, French Polynesia) I can’t come up with many words for what went down today, and if I ask Gregory for any assistance I just get “puuuuumping”. Today we spent well over 5 hours in the dinghy on the shoulder of Teahupoo. The huge swell showed up, as predicted, and the wave […]

Teahupoo Warmup

(Teahupoo, Tahiti, Society Islands, French Polynesia) There’s been more than one occasion when we’ve sat back, took a deep breath, and acknowledged that the dream has been realized. Gregory had his religious experience at P-Lan in Panama where Oceanna was anchored off the back of a small remote island, while he caught epic waves within […]

Teahupoo Bound

(Teahupoo, Tahiti, Society Islands, French Polynesia) Big day today. We left Papeete marina and headed down to Teahupoo! Teahupoo (pronounced cho-poo) is the most famous surf break in the world (according to my on-boat Google Gregory). It’s big and heavy and pumps out some of the most perfect barrels on the planet. At its finest […]