16-year-old surfer girl tackles big Teahupo‘o

Located on the southern end of Tahiti and widely considered the “heaviest wave in the world,” it’s safe to say that Teahupo‘o isn’t for the faint of heart. And with some of the best surfers in the world trying to get in on the action, it’s hardly a place where you’d expect to see a teenage girl on the wave of the day—but that’s exactly what happened this past May, when Malibu, California’s Frankie Harrer took a trip down to French Polynesia.

The 2:15 mark is about when the swell picks up, with Frankie there to catch a couple heavy waves. Quite frankly, even though there’s (very small) signs that she might still be shaking out the sea legs when it comes to the bigger sets, she gets after it and makes good with the rides she snags — girl or boy, 16 or 30.

Needless to say, we’re damn excited to see where she takes her talents next.



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