Harehoe, Arsene

Wiry regularfoot surfer from Tahiti; a perennial national and French champion in the 1970s and '80s, and a first-rate tuberider described by surf writer Steve Hawk in 1995 as "a man of integrity . . . the Gerry Lopez of Tahiti."

Harehoe was born (1959) and raised in Papeete, the son of an electrician father and school teacher mother, and began surfing in 1971; two years later he won the first of 15 Tahitian national titles, the last coming in 1989. His record in the French nationals was simi...