*Update: This blog has been moved to www.driftsole.com
My name is Reece Wartenberg and this surf travel blog is about my solo trip (journey/ expedition/ pilgrimage) to Tahiti from June – September 2013. You’ll find some useful Tahiti stuff on the site too, as backpacker-level travel to Tahiti is not well covered, believe me. Perhaps my pitfalls will be useful to someone else taking on this adventure.
My trip is nothing crazy. It’s just been a serious goal of mine to get to Tahiti and ride waves there. The thing that makes the goal slightly harder to achieve is that Tahiti is, literally, on the other side of the world to home, South Africa. It’s really not cheap travel. My family and friends have been so supportive of my intentions to go to Tahiti self-funded that I have created this blog as a ‘thank you’, and so that I can convey a little more information than a Facebook status. I’m in Tahiti for 3 months (relatively long in the ‘real world’) for a few reasons: economy of scales, swell, weather conditions generally, I would like as much opportunity as possible to learn about the Tahitian way of life, and there’s an increased chance of having a few less-crowded surf sessions. We shall see. For the full story of where this trip began see my first post.
Don’t know wher Tahiti is? It’s here.
So why the name ‘The road to the end of the road”? The road: Well it’s been a long road to get to the point of having this trip sorted – a road that started long before the excitement of booking tickets. To get to Tahiti it takes more than 30 hours of flying and 30 hours of layovers – it’s in the middle of the pacific. That’s the way these expeditions go. The end of the road: The surf spot, or wave, that Tahiti is most famous for is Teahupoo. In defining ‘Teahupoo’ I have heard two variations that have both influenced the name of this blog (1) The word Teahupoo translates from Tahitian into the end of the road and (2) The shore at Teahupoo, a fair way from the reef itself, lies at the end of the road which connects Tahiti-Iti (small Tahiti) to Tahiti-Nui (big Tahiti) – this is true. There is more speculation about the name Teahupoo which is tricky to get into. This article is one explanation. Hopefully I’ll find the real story. If you would like to get info on when my new blog posts go up then just add your e-mail address to the ‘follow’ button at the bottom-right of this page. I’ll be updating when I can about life in Tahiti and, importantly, the surf.