Meet The Tahitians: Meet Matehau


This past month we were invited over to the Islands of Tahiti by our good friends at Tahiti Tourisme so that we could learn exactly what the experience is like for visitors during the low season period.

The islands of Tahiti are arguably among the most stunningly beautiful in the world. Formed from the demise of 3 volcanoes, these islands not only have an incredible natural beauty, but they have an ancient, rich and diverse cultural heritage which remains strong to this day.

In this series, We seek to learn more about the traditions, beliefs, culture and heritage as We set out to discover the true essence of Tahiti when we ‘Meet the Tahitians’…

Episode 7 – Matehau

Matehau Tetopata was born and raised in the shadow of the world’s most feared wave break in Teahupo’o.  As this is is home break, I wanted to know equally what it’s like to ride this wave and what it’s like to wipeout on it.

As the soft rains fell around us with the lush green Teahupo’o Valley behind us, and the feared surf break in front of us, Matehau explained that to surf this wave is humbling privilege which he prepares for every day.  An experience which he never takes for granted and in return it brings him closer to the life-force or “Mana”