Tom Carey’s Tahiti

posted by / Photos / September 27, 2012

Tom Carey — you gotta love him — the SURFING staff photog does whatever he damn well pleases. He’ll blare metal into the wee hours of the night. He’ll shoot fireworks at ill-mannered South African men. He’ll have a beer at breakfast. And he’ll go to Tahiti without telling anyone. “Sorry man,” he said when he got back. “Just wanted to keep it mellow so we didn’t feed the hype.” I sighed, and I forgave. It’s easy to forgive when you’re staring at big, glassy Teahupo’o .jpegs in your inbox. Plus, you just can’t stay mad at Tommy.

The photos that follow are hors d’oeuvres. Eat up. Enjoy. But save room for the main course — a full flipbook combining the work of Domenique Mosqueira from the Billabong Pro and the rest of Tom’s goods from this past swell.

Our humble abode. Dusty Payne, Big Bird, Koa Smith and Alex Gray. I'm pretty sure everyone is looking at porn on their phones.

Our humble abode. Dusty Payne, Big Bird, Koa Smith and Alex Gray. I'm pretty sure everyone is looking at porn on their phones.

The sun peaked through the clouds on the last morning for some postcard-like conditions.

The sun peaked through the clouds on the last morning for some postcard-like conditions.

This is Tuamata on a bomb riding the foamball. The locals make it look easy.

This is Tuamata on a bomb riding the foamball. The locals make it look easy.

Kiron Jabour sliding through a nice one on the smaller day.

Kiron Jabour sliding through a nice one on the smaller day.

Kai Barger was a man on this trip. He got barrelled behind this guy and came out. It was heavy.

Kai Barger was a man on this trip. He got barrelled behind this guy and came out. It was heavy.

Koa Rothman is not scared out there. He got his fair share.

Koa Rothman is not scared out there. He got his fair share.

Manoa Drollett is back from his injury.

Manoa Drollett is back from his injury.

There's a boogie boarder in there somewhere.

There's a boogie boarder in there somewhere.

Alex Gray doesn't miss a swell… anywhere. TurkeyMelt!!!!

Alex Gray doesn't miss a swell… anywhere. TurkeyMelt!!!!

This dude Ryan from Hawaii was bodyboarding a year ago. Now he's making some of the heaviest waves out there.

This dude Ryan from Hawaii was bodyboarding a year ago. Now he's making some of the heaviest waves out there.

Afternoon happy hour with Alex Gray and Koa Smith.

Afternoon happy hour with Alex Gray and Koa Smith.

Keale Chung with a heavy drop in the rain.

Keale Chung with a heavy drop in the rain.

The classic pose by a dude on the shoulder. It never fails.

The classic pose by a dude on the shoulder. It never fails.

Laird Hamilton towing into a bomb here. He later got upside down on one and bashed his elbow on the reef pretty bad.

Laird Hamilton towing into a bomb here. He later got upside down on one and bashed his elbow on the reef pretty bad.

Steph Koehne was another standout.

Steph Koehne was another standout.

Ryan from Hawaii again. Someone buy this guy a beer.

Ryan from Hawaii again. Someone buy this guy a beer.

This is Tuhiti one of the local rippers. Dude's got style!

This is Tuhiti one of the local rippers. Dude's got style!

Raimana gliding through the spit. He got the bomb of the day, both days and is one of the most gracious humans. I bet he believes in Karma.

Raimana gliding through the spit. He got the bomb of the day, both days and is one of the most gracious humans. I bet he believes in Karma.

Nightscaping.

Nightscaping.


 

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