For nearly two decades, professional surfers have been flocking to Teahupoo, a small village on the southwest coast of Tahiti. The location seems obscure, but according to some, the waves there are legendary.
“It holds one of the most powerful and perfectly artistic waves in the world,” writes Tahiti-based photographer Ben Thouard.
For a few years, he has been photographing an annual surfing contest that convenes there in August — and this year will be no exception. In anticipation, he has already started publishing photos to Surfer Mag.
For Thouard, the ocean came first, then photography. Born and raised in the south of France, he remembers spending every holiday and weekend on a sailboat with his father. His first encounter with waves was on a body board at age 8. After that, he says, “I could not stop thinking about waves … I love the feeling of water moving and rolling. It’s a different world underwater.”
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Ben Thouard