Billabong Pro Tahiti: Teahupo‘o Lay Days

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Teahupo‘o trials winner Ricardo Dos Santos punches out the back of a wave. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Don’t shed any tears for the dudes stuck in Teahupo‘o waiting for the Billabong Pro Tahiti to get back into gear—there’s no better place in the world to wait for swell than the idyllic island of Tahiti. That said, here’s a little sample of what’s been going on at the Maoni’s house near the fabled “End Of The Road.” The Maoni compound is where we and the Billabong crew have stayed for the last six years while covering the Billabong Pro Tahiti. And while I wasn’t able to make it this year, I’m there in spirit (just bought a six pack of Hinano to really feel the vibe) and want to personally wish Mami Maoni a happy birthday!

When action resumes, watch the Billabong Pro Tahiti live at