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.

Surfing paradise

Waves of all kinds

Une diversité de spots de surf © Tahiti Tourisme

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.

Surfez les plus belles vagues à Tahiti Et Ses Îles ©Tahiti Tourisme

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.

Session de surf à Tahiti Et ses Îles ©Tahiti Tourisme

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.


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Surfing competitions

Rangiroa Pro

Rangiroa – Avatoru
The Rangiroa Pro is a professional surfing competition and part of the QS ranking system for almost 80 local and international surfers. The competition is held at Avatoru Pass in the north of Rangiroa in March. Surfers compete with each other in warm, crystal clear water. The waves formed by the reef are almost perfect…

Tahiti Pro Teahupo’o

Tahiti – Teahupoo
The Tahiti Pro Teahupo’o is a major event in the professional world surfing calendar of The World Championship Tour (WCT) and World Surf League (WSL). Held each August in the Hava’e pass at Teahupo’o. It is also the most important event staged by the Tahitian Surf Federation.
Plage de Rurutu © Michael Runkel


10 tips for a sustainable stay

The Islands of Tahiti are filled with Mana. This vital force that connects all living beings and is experienced in the culture’s rhythm, traditions, environment and nature. From this force, the lasting link between man and nature is derived. A link that must be protected, maintained and promoted. The Islands of Tahiti are unique and fragile at the same time, they are home to a community and an ecosystem that must be preserved. Discover how to travel responsibly and enjoy every moment in The Islands of Tahiti.


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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.

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