I’ll never forget this day. I’ve been following the big swells of Teahupoo since 2006, but I’ve never read charts like they were on that day. They called it Red Code and I was not going to miss it for anything. The massive swells were so intense that they called off the Billabong Pro Tahiti and the Coast Guard closed the marina. Still, some of the bravest big rider surfers took the risk and charged these impressive waves and conditions. In this shot, when I saw the wave developing, it was ugly and massive. I had never seen such beastly waves in my life. When Everaldo “Pato” Teixeira dropped it looked as if the wave was going to eat him. He was able to keep his cool, holding his position and riding the wave that defied the odds.