Who are we to judge? That’s not what this post is about. But this has to be one of the gnarliest drop ins you’ll ever see. And it was at Teahupo’o, one of the gnarliest waves in the world.
To set the scene, Justine Dupont, who was towing, had let go of the rope moments earlier and set her line. Just as she was about to get barreled, boogie boarder Tupuai Alvino fell from the sky. He was then ragdolled in the barrel as Justine ducked and shifted lines to avoid him, a hectic scene, to say the least, which legendary lensman Tim McKenna caught on camera, above.
It sounded as though it ended well, so Justine chalked it up as a good day. “The atmosphere was really great and there was no animosity between paddlers and tow surfers,” Justine wrote on social media. She’d been paddle surfing earlier in the day.