If you’ve never been in tropical waters, surfing there might seem like the easiest, peasiest bit of play, but in fact dropping in over a coral reef on even a small wave holds potential for getting seriously messed up, what with the X-acto-sharp coral, the high possibility of staph infection, and the distance from advanced medical care. (Just ask Keala Kennelly.) With the Billabong Pro Tahiti under way this week at Teahupoo, Billabong put together this little clip on the nasty nasty that lurks just under one of the world’s heaviest waves. It’s not as informative as one might like, but still — there’s some hairball footage of waves exploding and fish-eye’s view of that coral. Definitely worth your minute 22.
And if you want a real good look at what makes Chopes Chopes, check out Sean Collins’s excellent primer, The Mechanics of Teahupoo, at Surfline.