TEAHUPOO, BEFORE IT WAS EVEN TEAHUPOO

The 1997 Black Pearl Horue Pro, a WQS four-star event, was the first surf contest held at Teahupoo. It came so far out of left field the surf media didn't even know what to call the break. Surfing hit on "Waterworld," in what I think was a non-ironic tribute to an that insanely expensive nuclear turd of a Kevin Costner movie of the same title. Waves for the first two days of the Black Pearl Pro were mid-size and good enough to blow the minds of anyone who hadn't yet experienced the Tahitian w...