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