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Teahupoo, the prelude

Teahupoo; hanging out and waiting at the end of the road.

Updated: August 16, 2010, 11:13 AM ET
By Peter 'Joli' Wilson

The countdown is on. It's strange being on the ground early for a contest and there is not much going on. Where are the tents, where are the signs, where are the surfers? Have I got the dates right?

I have arrived early, I know that, but there really isn't much going on at Teahupoo, aka "the End of The Road." When I enquire about the lack of activity I find out the Billabong Pro Tahiti container, shipped from Australia with all the contest guff is 'late'. The Tahitian guy I talk to just ...

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