Huahine Storm Surf~

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.
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.
Waves form tubes like this when big ocean swells hit shallow reefs.
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.
This wave below had a broken, or double tube!
Here’s another blown out beauty.
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.
Paddling out in outriggers was a beautiful sight.
Cheers to your from still storming, still spectacular, Huahine~
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164 thoughts on “Huahine Storm Surf~

    1. I grew up in the surfing culture, my ex-husband, my brother, all my old boyfriends are devoted surfers. I am used to assessing waves for their surfability because of this. Now I just watch their beauty and can ignore whether or not they are “closed out” or “blown out” or not-surfable.

      1. That’s the perfect combination! You can make distinctions about the waves and have a vocabulary for them, yet you are free to enjoy their intrinsic beauty. Thanks, Cindy!

    1. I never thought of the serenity within the wildness, but that is a perfect description. I don’t want to publish my email here, but you have it in your blog followers list and I welcome your mail~

    1. There were probably 50 outriggers out near the reef. I hope to get more pics of them today. They are just incredibly thrilling to watch, especially realizing Polynesians have been using outriggers for thousands of years! Gives me goosebumps and I want to see more!

        1. I am still beached and not allowed in the ocean re: doctor’s orders which is a real bummer. I was invited to go on one to get closer to the waves and see things you can’t see from land. I would soooooo love to! I have done it before but now I have the waterproof camera that I only used once. These coral cuts are still infected, and I am on three antibiotics, but I do think I see some improvement today because I am keeping the bandages off despite doc orders and it seems to be drying them out. Sorry for TMI! But it is HOT today and I want to be in the ocean!

          1. How times change. When we had cuts and coral cuts we had to stay out of chlorinated pools but we were encouraged to spend as long as we liked in healing sea water. 🙂

            1. I wish times hadn’t changed. I did go back in the ocean the day after the cuts even though and I knew I wasn’t supposed too, before they got infected, and that is when the infection set in. I had fire coral before, but it was nothing compared to these babies~

    1. I imagine that most of the islands in the South Pacific wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for the protective fringing reefs that are so beautiful especially viewed from the air!

  1. Cindy, these are such beautiful photos that show the power of nature at her finest and the inquisitive, courageous people who have learned to appreciate the challenges of life.

    1. It creates awe to think of Polynesians using outriggers like these to navigate the Pacific thousands of years ago and then to see an island where hundreds of them are still in daily use by the descendants of these ancient Polynesians. Incredible!

    1. No surfers at this break. Tomorrow we drive around the island so I expect we’ll see some. I was born and raised in La Jolla (think of The Beach Boys song, “all over La Jolla…..”). I spent my life in the ocean and dated only surfers, married one (my ex), and my brother is a surfer!
      Jim is a most refreshing change. He is from Iowa. They don’t surf there! Laughing……..
      Please let me know the results of your nomination as I don’t want to miss the news! It is so incredibly exciting, even for me, and so well deserved!

  2. Beautiful photos of the surf and waves, Cindy. The hues in the blue are so soft and pretty even though they probably are packing a powerful punch. Stay safe from a distance. 🙂

  3. Cindy, what amazing waves! The blue and green color of the water is so beautiful. You didn’t say how tall the waves are – it is hard to get the perspective. Did the paddlers go past the breakers?

    1. I hate to guessestimate wave heights because people routinely overstate size and I could be wrong so I won’t hazard a number. They were big and they are big today and no one on this part of the island is going through them or on them. Tomorrow we circumnavigate the island and I expect to see surfers and will post if I do…..I am going to check nearer to sunset to see if the outriggers go out.

      1. Maybe it’s the latest in errrrrrr……..intelligent parenting????? Toss your kids in the ocean and have em feed the sharks. Check out this video:
        I know nothing about this so take it with this huge proviso. Basically this is what I was told. There is a boat like thing that doesn’t move much inside the break zone that I was looking at through the tele-photo. It had what appeared to be shark like cages in it. I asked our waitress what it was and she said, “it’s for feeding the sharks….”
        So I googled and found pages of tourist info on tourist shark feeding in Huahine.
        Trust me, I know just what you are thinking!!!! The same thing I am…..
        But, also keep in mind that I know nothing about it, because it obviously is not an activity Jim & I will be partaking of.

  4. 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?

  5. 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.

      1. 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.

    1. Laughing! You crack me up! They were born and raised to do this, as their ancestors were before them. They are at home in the sea. It was so beautiful to see. Cheers to you my friend~

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