Where the Road Ends

Raimana Van Bastolaer Does Not Own a Boat

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In issue 24.1 of TSJ, writer Chas Smith reports back from a stay at Raimana Van Bastolaer’s house in Tahiti. As the unofficial mayor of Teahupoo, and a prime local fixer for travelers looking to maximize their odds of success at one of the world’s scariest waves, Raimana routinely hosts film crews, World Tour contestants, and even supermodels. And while things are considerably more hectic at the End of the Road than they were 15 years ago, Raimana still runs things with calm Tahitian hospitality—both on land and in the water. Here he packs a few tubes from behind the jet ski, as is his prerogative.

Smith’s feature story, “Raimana Van Bastolaer Does Not Own a Boat” is available in issue 24.1 of TSJ.