This fall was a real treat. While we lacked the early season large west swells i love so much, we managed to fill the void with a few hurricanes and a few smaller winter swells. Although it took a lot of driving to find the waves they were there for those willing to look. Now as we transfer into winter weather patterns and the water temp starts to drop I can't help but smile thinking back on a few sessions with pumping waves and warm water. Now lets hope the N. Pacific heats up and starts throwing some bigger surf our way.
A month ago Andrew Bennett called me and said "Get you shit together we are leaving for Tahiti in 12 hours. Swells going to be big." Sure enough 12 hours later we were on the plane with dreams of striking the Tahitian gold. Five days later, back on the plane headed home, we were laughing at our riches. Mission accomplished.
This is Timothee. He was the first guy to ever surf Chopes, along with his brother, in 1982.
They surfed it for 5 years before a few other locals joined them and then by bodyboarders
in 89. He is a legend and I was very thankful to have him at the helm and even more thankful for his knowledge of the lineup while I was swimming on the inside.
Tuhiti is the best local at Chopes. Sure Raimana, Manoa and some of the older guard may have ridden bigger waves and are AMAZING surfers, but Tuhiti is a complete package and his backside tube style rivals that of A.I.
We stayed at Baptiste's home for this short strike and he could not have been a better host.
Not to mention there is no one better to have operating the ski than Baptiste.