Papara Surf Festival
WSL QS1000 Men's and Women's Event
WSL JS100 Men's and Women's Event
7 - 12 April 2015
Tahiti delivers rippable 3-foot beachbreak for Papara Pro
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 9 April, 2015 - Papara, Tahiti - The Papara Pro Junior and the Vahine Pro Junior continued, as competition also got underway for the highly anticipated Papara Surf Festival QS1000 event with a field of 64 surfers. Clean 3-foot beach break peaks greeted competitors for another exciting day of completion.
The Pro Junior men were the first to hit the water with Heats 5-8 completed to finalise the round of 16 of the Papara Pro Junior.
Competing in both the Pro Junior and QS1000 events, young Australian surfer Luke Hynd (AUS) is having a busy time for his first visit to Tahiti. This doesn’t seem to be affecting him though as today he posted the second highest heat total in the QS1000 with a 15.75.
“Papara is sick. It’s like the best waves I’ve ever had for a comp,” Hynd said.” It’s perfect lefts and rights, 3-4ft, like the best day ever at your local beachie with only four guys out. No matter what the swell is doing, this beach doesn’t get over 3-4 foot - it’s the most contestable wave I’ve ever surfed. It’s such a bonus having the Junior and QS in the same week. If you do bad in one, you’ve got the other one to fix your mistakes. I’m not feeling any pressure in the QS because I’m mainly focussing on the junior.”
One of Tahiti’s most popular surfers, Hira Teriinatoofa (PYF) was a standout in the Papara Surf Festival event round of 64 today using his local knowledge and experience competing to post a solid heat total of 15.15 to move into the next round.
“I’m really happy the Papara Pro is back on again this year. Stoked,” Terinatoofa said. “I’m stoked because I live here and that gives me an advantage. I’ve been training for prawn paddling. That’s why I’ve been having a lot more fun surfing now because I’ve taken my mind off surfing and into training somewhere else, now when I come back I enjoy it a lot more. It’s more about having fun. “
Also impressing the Judges today were Keoni Yan (HAW) who posted the highest heat total of the day, an impressive 16.75 and Kai Hing (AUS) who scored a near perfect 9.90 (out of a possible 10) in his heat. Both surfers move through to Round 2 when competition continues.