Cyclonic left-breaking reef wave located near the southwest tip of Tahiti Iti; regarded since the late '90s as one of the world's most challenging and dangerous surf breaks. "Teahupoo isn't a wave, it's a war zone," surf journalist Gary Taylor wrote in 2000. "A freak of nature that some bastard decided to call a surf spot." Waves at Teahupoo (pronounced "cho-pu," which translates more or less to ...

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