2015 Bora Bora KXT Ironmana Liquid Festival

Looking Back at the Year’s Intensest Ocean Festival

Year after year, the KXT Ironmana Liquid Festival returns to Bora Bora, and year after year, an international assortment of earth’s most in-shape, intense, and potentially insane ocean athletes make the pilgrimage to Tahiti for a week-long collection of cultural celebration and competitive events that can only be described as an amalgam of ultimate endurance tests paired with unrelenting torture for world-class ocean athletes. Last year, SUP mag editor Will Taylor put himself through this painstaking week in paradise for a feature in our print edition. This year, there was no way hell he was going to put himself through that again. So instead, we refer to this video from Jucker Hawaii to relay the experience, filmed on the front lines and featuring many of the world’s fastest paddlers and swimmers in moments of both extreme pain and pleasure. Kick back and appreciate the sanctuary of your Lay-Z-Boy while you thank goodness you’re not on a tropical island, for once.

Want more? Experience the Ironmana from the air.

Another side of Tahiti: SUP surfing the gaping barrels of Teahupoo.