The sleepy village of Teahupo’o is known for a world class break that can be one of the most dangerous places to surf on the World Championship Tour. The day featured in the video above was 2 years ago, on August 27th, 2011. Kelly Slater stated that “witnessing this was a draining feeling… being terrified for other people’s lives all day long. It’s life or death. Letting go of that rope one time can change your life and not many people will ever experience that in their life.”
It’s awe-inspiring to witness the power (and beauty) of the ocean. I don’t think I’ll ever be the one facing down that wave, but I’m glad it was captured in all its force.
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