two months before the Olympic Games in Teahupo’o, Vahine Fierro wins the Tahiti Pro!

two months before the Olympic Games in Teahupo’o, Vahine Fierro wins the Tahiti Pro!
two months before the Olympic Games in Teahupo’o, Vahine Fierro wins the Tahiti Pro!

The 24-year-old Polynesian, originally from Huahine, neighboring island of Tahiti, started in the quarterfinals by outclassing world number 3 Molly Picklum (15.13-3.17). Impressive in her ease and control on a wave renowned for being one of the most dangerous on the planet, Fierro succeeded in the four rides she attempted, while increasing in the rating (7.17; 7. 23; 7.50; 7.63). Quickly overtaken and comboed, the Australian was never a threat.

Quite the opposite of Tatiana Weston-Webb in the semi-finals, who forced the Frenchwoman to step out of her comfort zone and turn into a warrior to survive an anthology series. Fierro, however, seemed on course to win it hands down thanks to two new hits, whose excellent execution (8.00 and 8.17) put his opponent in a combo.

But the Brazilian, who is one of the rare elite surfers to have been training at Teahupo’o for several years and author of an 8.50 in the quarters to eliminate Tyler Wright, has come back from hell. Eight minutes from the buzzer, a hit rated 6.07 put her back in the saddle. Or at least he just got her out of her combination situation since she still had to score a… 10 to take control of the heat. Never mind ! A few moments later, “Tati” burst into a big, deep hit, perfect in every way, like the score unanimously awarded by the judges, which allowed her to pass in front of the Polynesian at the edge of money time.

The “mana” was however on the side of Vahine Fierro, who in turn found, less than two minutes from the siren, a saving hit. Awarded a 9.63, he propelled her to the final, her first in the event after she had stopped in the semi-finals during her two previous participations – already as a guest – in 2022 and 2023.

Nine years after Florès

The Frenchwoman found Brisa Hennessy there, who had until then donned the Lycra of cutter of “big heads”: that, in the quarters, of the five-time world champion Carissa Moore (12.66-9.44); then that, in the semi-finals, of the current world champion and title holder in Tahiti Caroline Marks (13.57-3.67). In the final, the intrepid Costa Rican, however, never really worried Fierro, whose two hits (6.67 and 8.50) were enough to triumph (final score: 15.17-12.00) .


After Jérémy Florès (from behind) in 2015, who was her coach during this Tahiti Pro, Vahine Fierro becomes the second Frenchwoman to register her name on the Polynesian event’s prize list and therefore the very first woman.

WSL/Matt Dunbar

Vahine Fierro thus becomes the first Frenchwoman to win the Tahiti Pro and, men and women combined, the second Habs to win there after Jérémy Florès in 2015. The Réunionnais is not for nothing in the success of the Polynesian since he was his coach during the event.

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