TBT: Massive Code Red Day At Teahupo‘o

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After popping up from this hideous wipeout, Bruce Irons was left naked from the waist down and did a bare ass victory lap through the channel. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Throwback Thursday: Code Red Day At Teahupo‘o

After taking a look at the Teahupo‘o cam this morning I noticed that there were a couple good sized waves coming through…which got me to thinking about the “Code Red” day back in August 2011 when we saw the biggest Chopes ever. I say that with ultimate conviction—those were the biggest waves anyone has ever seen at the fabled “End Of The Road.” Our Tahitian hosts who have lived there for 44 years confirmed it. There were times while I was sitting in the channel that I though the reef was going to get split in half by some of the waves and/or somebody was going to die. So in the spirit of “Throwback Thursday” have a look back at that groundbreaking day…and don’t shit yourself at work.


Above: The Code Red day through the lens of a Red Cam by Chris Bryan.

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Brazilian charger Pato Texiera. He somehow made it through this section only to be dusted at the very end. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Brazilian charger Pato Texiera. He somehow made it through this section only to be dusted at the very end. Photo: Bielmann/SPL