Tikanui Smith’s Polynesian Garden

A rising star in the next generation of Tahiti locals

Tikanui Smith is 24 years old, a Tahiti local, and part of the rising crop that is coming out of the heavy Polynesian lineups. You might not recognize his name, but the kid has been proving himself these past few years, continually bagging some of the biggest waves that Teahupoo has to offer. What makes this edit extra special are the incredible rights you often overlook (or didn’t even know existed) in Tahiti, and some backside no-grab mastery that would make Slater smile from ear-to-ear.