Stand Up Paddle in Tahiti : the story of a dream escape !

Articles - 03-01-2019
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Stand up paddle (SUP) in Tahiti in Polynesia … From the transparent lagoon waters, the exceptional wildlife to the incredible Polynesian culture, this is a paddler’s dream. Our ambassadors Jérémy and Ludovic Teulade and Agathe Rodier went to explore this piece of paradise. Discover their perfect day spent with photographer Ben Thouard. You are guaranteed to be mesmerized !

 

SUP trip to Tahiti

 

“In winter, we’re used to escaping the French cold and greyness and to exploring new training opportunities. It is also a chance to travel, to discover new cultures, new bodies of water and make memorable encounters! After our trip to the Canaries (where we filmed a video with OXBOW last year), we flew to Tahiti, French Polynesia. We’d been thinking about going there for a while, and the many Tahitian friends and paddlers we’d met at various international races had us longing to discover it for ourselves. It’s truly the perfect place to practice our sport.

 

After spending several days training in the lagoons of Papeete, the capital, and then with a group led by internationally renown paddler George Cronsteadt at his home in Mataiea, we decided to head to the South of the island. The first week was very wet because it was the rainy season. Luckily, some the weather let up from time to time, giving us a glimpse of the island’s heavenly potential. We were with Ben Thouard, famous aquatic photographer, and we captured some beautiful photos.

 

 

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Direction PK 0, world famous surfing destination known for its waves and WSL surfing competition. Close to the beautiful village of Teahupoo, with its vibrant and lush greenery, we were the only visitors at this early hour, which is not the case during the swell season that begins in May. After a few minutes walking along the shore, we discovered a small beach. It seemed the perfect place to use the OXBOW Air Explorer inflatable board and the OXBOW Search Bamboo, a versatile and beautiful board.

 

 

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“This island, where the kindness of locals is matched only by their supreme paddling skills is certainly one of the finest things for SUP. “

 

The sun grew more intense and after spending the morning in the water we stopped for a small snack. We love to try the local cuisine during our travels. Polynesian food is delicious and we all opted for the raw fish. Tasty pieces of tuna, accompanied by lime and coconut milk, not forgetting the local Hinano beer. We listened carefully to Ben and his photography stories. He told us about his encounters with whales and sharks off the nearby island …

We embarked on a boat named “THIS IS LIVING”, piloted by Captain Cindy. We decided to dedicate the early afternoon finding a surf spot. The swell was not very well oriented so we didn’t really see the famous Teahupoo wave (which means “skull crusher”) but we did find a beautiful little reef wave a short way away. It was not very big but perfect to use our Oxbow Peak, quite a radical board as well as our longboard, the Oxbow Search.

 

 

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The wind began to turn offshore and we decided to swim in the lagoon. After a short walk, we put on our masks and goggles to look at the corals. Unfortunately no sharks came by, we met them along with stingrays later in the trip. We saw a group of Va’a paddlers, va’a being the local name given to Polynesian canoe, gliding along on the glassy waters. We also met Matahi Drollet, training on a prone. It’s a great place to practice any water sports and that’s probably why there are so many watermen in Tahiti.

 

 

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In the evening, after packing our equipment away and nibbling on some banana cake, we spent the evening just chatting away with a Ukulele lulling us in the background; an emotional day, we ended with full hearts and stars in our eyes.

 

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