It's easy to overlook what a freak of nature the channel at Teahupo'o really is. Very few places on the planet allow spectators to sit so incredibly close to violent action without harm. As waves make their final approach across Tahiti's barrier reef, they lurch out of South Pacific depths and crash over razor-sharp coral. But at Teahupo'o, just feet away from this madness, a flotilla of fans sit fearlessly atop a deep-water reef pass that was carved over millennia by fresh water currents originating as mountain streams. Sitting on the water all day has its challenges, but there's nothing quite like the view or the vibe during the Billabong Pro Tahiti. Here's just a sliver of what was going down in the lineup and in the channel during Finals day.