dirt­bag dis­patches

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Derek Cheng shares with us some of Aus­tralia's climb­ing mec­cas.

If you visit the End of the Road – if you make the ef­fort to drive to Teahupoo from Papeete when the con­test is not on, it is like a ghost town- there is one restau­rant/bar Snack Teahupoo (I would strongly sug­gest you have the pork beans and rice) but there is noth­ing else. It’s quiet and serene, chick­ens and dogs run wild and lo­cal kids jump off the bridge, but when the event is on, the car­ni­val ar­rives along with the popup food bars, mu­sic and video games. Peo­ple are sell­ing t-shirts and charg­ing for park­ing; it’s a cir­cus. But it is only for 2 weeks a year, then the car­ni­val packs up, like car­ni­vals do and leaves, and all that re­mains is the skele­ton of the judg­ing tower an­chored to the reef as a re­minder that they will re­turn in twelve months and start all over again. To co­in­cide with Air Tahiti Nui’s 20th an­niver­sary this year, the flag car­rier for French Poly­ne­sia is phas­ing out its cur­rent Air­bus A340300 fleet and re­plac­ing it with four brand new 787-9 Dream­lin­ers The fleet re­newal is set to com­mence in Novem­ber 2018, with the re­main­ing three air­craft sched­uled to be rolled out by Septem­ber 2019. For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.air­tahit­inui.co.nz Thanks also to Tahiti Tour­sim www.tahi­ti­tourisme.nz

ABOVE: Our cover boy, Owen Wright LEFT: Ev­ery seat in the house is taken BE­LOW: Gabriel Men­d­ina cel­e­brat­ing the win

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