At only 24, Tikanui Smith is already a master in the deep and fast tubes of Tahiti's Teahupoo.

The goofy-footer shows an impeccable control of the Polynesian water gardens. Smith belongs to the new generation of Tahitian chargers, which include the Drollet brothers and the Bourez brothers.

Professional surfing is a highly competitive occupation. World title races are increasingly tight. And sometimes it all comes down to the wire.

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