15 August 2010 | Society Islands
The tropical reef pass is a surfer's dream, and French Polynesia is filled with them. Reef passes are breaks in the barrier reef that allow you into the still waters of a calm lagoon. Entering & exiting can be tricky, but once inside, you are protected from the waves and able to anchor often in view of the surf in the pass. Most of these islands are extinct, sinking volcanoes that are descending into the ocean, and coral gardens have grown on their rims making a paradise-like setting. Yet as beautiful as these waves are, they are also quite dangerous. They are shallow, powerful, and fast, as they lift up out of deep water and throw themselves onto sharp coral just inches below the surface. But, when the proper conditions align on the right section of reef, which is often, the surf can get picture perfect as seen above. It seems that most times, I am surfing these waves alone, and it would be enjoyable & comforting to share these sessions with a friend. But, I guess I can't have everything. :-) That's the latest here, up next: Bora Bora.