Raimana Van Bastolaer
Raimana Van Bastolaer, Tahiti’s most famous surfer, is one of the world’s most extreme and respected surf legends, and a virtual king in his native Tahiti. He is notorious for his commanding presence at Teahupoo, the world’s thickest wave.
The Tahitian dream – Raimana is known and respected worldwide for his Polynesian Aloha spirit and for his death defying feats at his terrifying homebreak: Teahupo’o.
He achieved worldwide fame this year when he was nearly decapitated by a jet ski while riding through a barrel – a photo of the incident made headlines worldwide and even resulted in a two-page spread in Sports Illustrated. Raimana, in typical modest-soft-spoken style played the whole thing down but it only added to his legend.