There’s More To Tahiti Than Teahupoo - Stab Mag

There’s More To Tahiti Than Teahupoo

Mihimana Braye escorts us through mysterious French Polynesian rights.

Words by Jack Mutschler

Teahupoo is Tahiti’s main attraction. 

There’s no denying that statement. Much like the youngest sibling of the family, the island’s iconic left gets all the attention. The CT destination draws a parade of professional surfers, as well as some of the best photographers in the business.  

As local surfer Mihimana Braye puts it, “It’s a great opportunity for Tahitian surfers to get more exposure.”  Born and raised in Tahiti, Mihimana started surfing at the age of six and has spent a good chunk of his life traveling the world for WQS. 

Once covid hit, he was restrained to surfing solely in the paradise he calls home. “I’ve had the opportunity to enjoy the waves over here by making surf trips around the island. It’s something that I don’t usually don’t have the opportunity for because I travel so much overseas,” he mentioned.

Braye put together an edit called “Island Fever,” which features phenomenal surfing during his time spent at home. The catch? It’s all rights. While we tend to associate French Polynesia with that chunky left slab of eternal damnation, Mihimana shows and tells us that the islands have much more to offer.

 “There’s plenty of other reef breaks around the island like Taapunaa and Sapinus,” Mihi said. “They are pretty shallow and dangerous but good for improving barrels skills. We also have some good beach breaks to practice for the WQS, like Papara and Papenoo.”

Don’t believe him? Click here to see for yourself.

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