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Tahiti's two distinct surfing seasons allow both inexperienced and expert surfers to take advantage of the varying swells. Travelers can head to several surf spots on the island: Papara, Papenoo and Taapuna are for the beginner to intermediate crowd, while Teahupoo on Tahiti's southwestern coast is for experts only. Teahupoo is undeniably the most challenging spot for surfers to catch waves in Tahiti, producing serious swells (with waves up to 25 feet high) that break over a shallow coral reef. It's often compared to Hawaii's Pipeline, for those familiar with "Blue Crush," and it hosts the Billabong Pro surf competition annually.
If you haven't surfed before and you're interested in learning, you're in luck – there are a few surf schools in Tahiti. Ecole de Tura'i Mataare and Tama He'e surf schools offer instruction for first-timers, beginners, intermediate and advanced surfers. Lessons can be private or held in small or large group settings; all equipment is provided and some packages are available that extend through a week or include lunch and other activities. Prices vary depending on the season, time length and type of lesson. For more information on the surf schools, visit the companies' websites. Visitors also say even if you're not inclined to grab a surfboard and get out in the waves yourself, heading to one of these beaches to watch the surfers navigate the barrels is a treat.