"It's the most extreme event on tour and gets worldwide interest," seven-time World Champion Layne Beachley once said of Teahupo'o. "It shows the women have the depth, the ability and the courage to confront the challenge. Not one girl on tour doesn't have the guts to take off now."
Now Beachley said this way back in 2006 after the women's event at The Billabong Pro Tahiti had been scrapped. Next year, when the woman finally return to Teahupo'o the world's premier athletes will prove that not only was Beachley right then, she's even more right now.
If evidence were needed we can look at the latest clip dropped by Tatiana Weston-Webb, titled "Tahitian Blue." The World No. 6 recently undertook a strike mission to the infamous reef break known as "The End Of The Road." Her grace and poise at the slab is just a taste of what we can expect next year at the Outerknown Tahiti Pro and in 2024 when Teahupoo hosts the Mens and Women 2024 Paris Olympics surfing events.
It is perhaps no surprise that Weston-Webb looks so casual at one of the world's heaviest waves. Her mum is a former professional bodyboarder who won an event at Pipeline in the 1990s. Her Dad is a hardcore surfer from Kauai.
And since the 24-year-old made he full time debut on the CT in 2015 some of her best results have come at heavy, powerful lefts. Finals at Cloudbreak in 2017, Uluwatu in 2018 and Margaret River in 2019 show why it's no surprise she surfed Teahupo'o with composure and style.
Of course a three-day freesurfing session is a very different proposition than competing under intense pressure at the wave. However given her pedigree and her recent exposure to the wave if anyone can handle that situation, it's Tati.