Known for hosting one of the world’s most beautiful waves in the famous Hava’e pass at Teahupo’o, the island of Tahiti also offers numerous surf spots where visitors and locals alike can find waves of all levels. The island is a paradise for all board sports, including paddleboarding, bodyboarding and wingfoil. Nevertheless, surfing, like va’a, remains a popular sport in French Polynesia, especially if you like big waves! Whether you’re a seasoned surfer looking for powerful, technical waves, or a beginner looking for an introduction to surfing, French Polynesia has everything you need to satisfy your passion.
Waves of all kinds
The birthplace of surfing
The history of surfing in French Polynesia is deeply rooted in local culture, as our islands are the birthplace of the sport. In fact, surfing is the oldest sport practiced in The Islands of Tahiti: long ago, Polynesian royalty enjoyed the waves on wooden boards.
However, it wasn’t until the early 20th century that surfing gained in popularity, thanks to iconic Hawaiian figures such as Duke Kahanamoku, who helped popularize the sport in the USA and around the world.
Today, surfing in French Polynesia remains not only an exciting sport, but also a means of preserving and celebrating the cultural heritage and intimate relationship between people and the ocean.
Surfing guide for beginners
Would you like to learn to surf, but don’t know where to start? In Tahiti, you’ll have no trouble finding a surf school where you can learn all the basics of the sport.
Discover the crystal-clear waters of French Polynesia in a whole new way, whether you’re passionate about adventure or simply curious to try out Tahiti’s emblematic turquoise waters. Immerse yourself in the world of surfing in Tahiti and create unforgettable memories as you let yourself be carried away by the waves.
The most eagerly awaited sporting event of 2024
Teahupo’o: Surfing venue for Paris Olympics
Immerse yourself in the thrilling action of surfing by discovering the legendary spot of Teahupo’o, which will host the surfing events at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Nestled south of Tahiti Iti, this surf spot is renowned for its powerful waves and breathtaking natural beauty. Every year, for the Tahiti Pro Teahupo’o, the world’s best surfers gather to test themselves against Teahupo’o’s iconic tubes. Discover this mythical spot affectionately nicknamed “Tchops” by Polynesians.
Live to the rhythm of the ocean
The latest offers
Discover our holiday offers to live by the waves and explore the natural beauty of French Polynesia. Immerse yourself in the vibrant traditions, heavenly landscapes and warm hospitality of this unique destination. Book now to take advantage of the most attractive offers.
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Snorkelling, diving and lounging on the beach: take a break between two surf sessions and let the 50 shades of blue of The Islands of Tahiti lagoon take your breath away.