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Thrills and spills in Tahiti!

Behind the surf, Tahiti’s mountains on the horizon
We head to French Polynesia with photographer Ben Thouard, in search of waves, surf, and breathtaking shots.

Hawaiian surfer John John Florence (world surfing champion in 2016) sizes up the unique Tahiti waves.

Thrills and spills in Tahiti!

Hawaiian surfer John John Florence (world surfing champion in 2016) sizes up the unique Tahiti waves.

Thrills and spills in Tahiti!

Even in the rain, the power of these waves is breathtaking.

The ocean has a truly mystical side.

Thrills and spills in Tahiti!

The ocean has a truly mystical side.

Thrills and spills in Tahiti!

But it also has a strong character, and I like to be there to witness it…

The Australian Owen Wright rides the Teahupoo tube, one of the world's most famous and dangersous waves.

Thrills and spills in Tahiti!

The Australian Owen Wright rides the Teahupoo tube, one of the world's most famous and dangersous waves.

As if sculpted by the light, this rising wave creates a unique spectacle for a fraction of a second.

Thrills and spills in Tahiti!

Freediver Yoram Zekri explores the Polynesian depths.

Thrills and spills in Tahiti!

The famous Teahupoo wave in the Havae Passe, with a coral carpet just beneath.

On 27 August 2011, an exceptional swell created one of the biggest waves ever seen in Tahiti.

Thrills and spills in Tahiti!

On 27 August 2011, an exceptional swell created one of the biggest waves ever seen in Tahiti.