Teahupoo goes "Code Red"

Bruce Irons, Nathan Fletcher and company charge 20-foot Teahupoo

Updated: August 30, 2011, 8:36 PM ET
By Peter "Joli" Wilson | ESPN Action Sports

Preview Day 1 Day 2 Tow-in Session Day 3 Final

At 7 a.m. Saturday the reports from the lineup were mixed. Big sets in the 20-foot-plus range, some bigger ones and all on the verge of unsurfable. Tow-in crews who'd flown in from all over the world were sitting in the lineup watching the waves hit the reef and timing the sets. Meanwhile, photographers and video crew were stuck on land arguing with government officials who had declared a "code red alert" and shut down the channel ...

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