Over the course of several days in October, Tahiti’s Teahupo’o produced big, flawless conditions for a collection of local and visiting pros hungry to put on a tube riding clinic. When it comes to critical waves like Tahiti’s Teahupo’o, it’s the weather conditions that greet a swell that make all the difference. At a small beachbreak, for instance, a steady onshore means nothing more than a few more opportunities for airs. At a mellow pointbreak, a crosswind is just annoying. But at Chopes, such uncooperative conditions can mean the difference between glory and getting skunked.
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