Huahine Storm Surf~

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Huahine is in the middle of a massive tropical storm bringing monsoonal rain, winds and massive tubular waves to the far off fringing reef. These photos were taken from shore with zoom up to 1200 mm equivalent.
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In order to give you perspective, check out this photo which shows where I shot from on land during one of the lulls in the rain. You can see the waves on the horizon on the fringing reef.
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Waves form tubes like this when big ocean swells hit shallow reefs.
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Some waves like the one below, blow out due to the erratic nature of the storm, but I think they are beautiful too. I don’t look at waves in terms of their surfability.
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This wave below had a broken, or double tube!
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Here’s another blown out beauty.
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The Huahine locals went out in force in their outriggers to watch the show from just inside the reef break zone. Here they are getting ready, you can see the breaks on the reef in the horizon.
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Paddling out in outriggers was a beautiful sight.
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Cheers to your from still storming, still spectacular, Huahine~
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164 thoughts on “Huahine Storm Surf~

  1. Terrific storytelling! It’s a good thing these islands have reefs around them or they’d be washed under by the waves from time to time. Did you paddle out in an outrigger, too?

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  2. Those waves are awesome. The water looks so clean, too. Wise person, Cindy, staying at a safe distance to take those pictures. It’s so easy to underestimate the power of the oceans and get swept under, which is what happened only recently to two young men, just along the coast from where I live.

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      • I’ve lived by the English Channel sea for about half of my life and have learned to treat it with great respect. In my twenties, I used to go swimming every day between March and October, provided the red flag wasn’t raised, but even when the waters were calm, I only swam parallel to the beach between the breakers and never out to sea.

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