Monday Photos: Tahiti

posted by / Monday Photos / June 30, 2014

Of all the peaks, Teahupoo is said to be the finest. Photo: Ben Thouard

Of all the peaks, Teahupoo is said to be the finest. Photo: Ben Thouard

If you’re not on the foam ball, you’re not trying. An unidentified surfer puts forth a clean, honest effort. Photo: Juzzi Grznar

If you’re not on the foam ball, you’re not trying. An unidentified surfer puts forth a clean, honest effort. Photo: Juzzi Grznar

Michel Bourez likes what he sees. So do we. Photo: Ben Thouard

Michel Bourez likes what he sees. So do we. Photo: Ben Thouard

Not even Michelangelo could sculpt such a man. Photo: Ben Thouard

Not even Michelangelo could sculpt such a man. Photo: Ben Thouard

Bold strategy Matahi Drollet. Let’s see how it plays out… Photo: Greg Gyselinck

Bold strategy Matahi Drollet. Let’s see how it plays out… Photo: Greg Gyselinck

…Fifty points. Photo: Greg Gyselinck

…Fifty points. Photo: Greg Gyselinck

Blake Thorton did have a beard. Photo: Ben Thouard

Blake Thorton did have a beard. Photo: Ben Thouard

And here’s a photo of John John doing a big ol’ stalefish reverse. Photo: Domenic Mosquiera

And here’s a photo of John John doing a big ol’ stalefish reverse. Photo: Domenic Mosquiera

Matahi Drollet. Photo: Ben Thouard

Matahi Drollet. Photo: Ben Thouard

Michel Bourez goes 5mph under the speed limit in the fast lane. Photo: Ben Thouard

Michel Bourez goes 5mph under the speed limit in the fast lane. Photo: Ben Thouard

Jamie O’Brien and dear friends at the end of the road. Photo: Domenic Mosqueira

Jamie O’Brien and dear friends at the end of the road. Photo: Domenic Mosqueira

The look on his face says, “You can put french fries inside a burrito?” but what it really means is “I love getting barreled.” Photo: Domenic Mosqueiera

The look on his face says, “You can put french fries inside a burrito?” but what it really means is “I love getting barreled.” Photo: Domenic Mosqueiera

Matehau Tetopata. Photo: Ben Thouard

Matehau Tetopata. Photo: Ben Thouard

No french fries tonight, folks. Photo: Domenic Mosqueira

No french fries tonight, folks. Photo: Domenic Mosqueira

It’s a party and Blake Thorton can cry if he wants to. Cliff notes: he won’t. Photo: Juzzi Grznar

It’s a party and Blake Thorton can cry if he wants to. Cliff notes: he won’t. Photo: Juzzi Grznar

You’re midway through the best year of your career. You’ve got a lovely wife. An adorable child. A yellow leash. Michel Bourez literally has no reason not to smile… Photo: Ben Thouard

You’re midway through the best year of your career. You’ve got a lovely wife. An adorable child. A yellow leash. Michel Bourez literally has no reason not to smile… Photo: Ben Thouard

…Especially when this is happening. Photo: Ben Thouard

…Especially when this is happening. Photo: Ben Thouard

Is Tahiti heaven? No, probably not. If it were, there’d be a bunch of dead people, a couple angels and a free buffet. Such is not the case. While the South Pacific slice is so perfect that it almost feels divine, rest assured, it’s an earthly treasure and nothing more. But it’s just about as close as you’ll come to heaven on earth. For proof, here’s a gallery of photos from this season in Tahiti. We hope that it inspires you to visit someday. And if it does, don’t confuse the customs line with the pearly gates. That’d just be awkward, Steven Glansberg.

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  • blinky

    Who is the homo that writes theses captions???

  • mike more

    sick photos