Huge swell at Teahupoo sends surf media into overdrive

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As the Internet moves into warp speed, mid-May’s giant swell at Teahupoo was documented to an absurd degree. Surf and social media sites went into overdrive with real-time updates happening by the second via live feeds, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Vine, and on and on. Legendary waterman Laird Hamilton even vented his frustration at the spectacle on TMZ of all places. Amidst all the hype and hoopla (which is about to fire up again when another possibly even bigger swell hits tomorrow) is a great video like this one. You can tell that filmmaker John Welsh worked hard to capture a wide variety of gorgeous land and water action and b-roll shots. He even got a few seldom seen angles like the one of the wave from high atop with the mountain behind it. Then he flawlessly cut the visuals to the great song “When I’m Small” by Phantogram, all of which come together to remind us of the simple fact that Tahiti is a beautiful place and Teahupoo is a beautiful wave.