Tahiti Tamed

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Just one week ago Tahiti Clear hit our screens, a stunning video that followed Camille Juban and Antoine Martin to Tahiti, one of the best and most dangerous waves in the world. They scored an epic swell with mast high bombs barrelling in. We caught up with the two of them and also with Kevin Pritchard who joined to score some waves and film the two in action. You can see the finished webclip on the last page but first enjoy a few exclusive photos and some words over the next few pages.

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Camille Juban and Antoine Martin

Boardseeker: Was it your first time to Tahiti?
CJ: For me it was the 3rd time, I came with Keith Teboul when I was 16 then when I was 18 for the Tahiti windsurf challenge organized bye Baptiste Gossein and a friend of him.

AM: For me it was the first time, but I planned this trip a long time ago, mainly because it’s been a dream of mine since I was a kid.

Boardseeker: What was your expectations?
CJ and AM: I expected good waves and some wind for sure, but not this epic session that we had.

Boardseeker: What was the one most memorable moments from this trip?
CJ and AM: I think it was this first wave on THIS big day when I had a good turn and I realized that it was gonna be one of the best session of my life.

Boardseeker: What equipment did you take with you and what equipment did you use the most?
CJ: I took one 4.2 and two 4.6, an Epic (3 batten) and a Mutant (4 batten), I only used the 4.6 Epic. I took two 72 litre custom boards from Keith Teboul. The shapes were almost the same but I preferred one of them over the other so I used only this one.

AM: I took 4.2 and 4.8 Fly (3 battens). I used both sails. For the board I took the radical quad 75 and 83l.

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Boardseeker: Did you get into the tube with the windsurf gear?
CJ: He (A.M) was really close to get into it, it was a scary moment.

Boardseeker: Hardest wipeout?

C.J I had one pretty bad one when I landed an aerial and I went too much in the front of wave, but the hardest one was for Antoine, as always, when he hit the lip too late and got projected 4m high and 3m in front of the wave and landed it on his back while the lip got into his face. Unfortunately we missed this one on video…

Boardseeker: Did you have any trouble with the locals?
A.M/C.J Not at all because we show lot of respect by waiting for them to take some sets. The jet-ski you can see on the video was Raimana which was actually telling us the wave to go on. On this shot he was telling me to go deeper as he knows the wave perfectly.

Boardseeker: How was it to share the line up with the likes of John John Florence?
C.J/A.M It’s sick because it motivated us to show him how windsurfing is done on the most radical wave in the world. He was getting so deep and easy in the the barrel, like I never seen before.

Boardseeker: Will you go back?
C.J/A.M Definitely more then once!!

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