Surf’s Up!

These stunning underwater snaps of surfers carving up the waves will take your breath away.

The beautiful pictures were taken from the bottom of the bright blue crystal-clear ocean and show surfers above as they paddle out and ride waves on the water’s surface.

The images were taken by photographer Ben Thouard off the coast of Tahiti in French Polynesia.

Thanks to Mail Online Travel again. 🙂


The beautiful pictures were taken from the bottom of the bright blue crystal-clear ocean off the coast of Tahiti in French Polynesia

These stunning underwater snaps of surfers carving up the waves will take your breath away

The photographer looks up on surfers as they paddle out and ride waves on the water's surface

Ben, 30, said: ‘When you dive under the wave and look up at the surfing passing by, you enter into a different world.

‘It’s a whole new perspective that the ocean is offering you – it’s mesmerising and fascinating.

‘The feeling of being underwater and looking at the wave breaking and the surfer passing through is amazing. 

Photographer Ben Thouard describes the opportunity to snap surfers from below as 'mesmerising and fascinating'
The photographer says of the experience:  'It's a whole new perspective that the ocean is offering you'
The water off the coast of Tahiti is known for being particularly clear, offering the perfect opportunity for underwater photography

‘In Tahiti the water clarity is unbelievable, which is a great opportunity for underwater shots.

‘You want the surface of the water to be very glassy, so you can see through from the water below.

‘There are only a few days per year when the water is that clear and that glassy, so these pictures are the result of a long quest – you need to be in the right place at the right time, with the right surfer.

The collection of stunning underwater shots are described by the photographer as the 'result of a long quest'
Every moment of the daredevil surfers riding the waves off the coast of Tahiti is captured by by the photographer
From below, the water and surface shimmers as though it was glass, offering a unique perspective

‘What people don’t realise when they look at the pictures is the power that the wave generates – it’s not easy to place yourself in that situation and get good pictures. It’s enthralling but challenging.

‘The wave is really powerful, and breaks on a few inches of water over the sharp coral reef – you always run the risk of getting caught by the wave, which could be dangerous.

‘But the feeling of seeing the perfect frame lining up through your lens is the best feeling ever – it’s unreal.’

While enjoying the opportunity to get the special set, Thouard acknowledges 'you always run the risk of getting caught by the wave, which could be dangerous'
Photographer Ben Thouard comes up for some air, before plunging back to the bottom of the ocean to snap away

Photographer Ben Thouard comes up for some air, before plunging back to the bottom of the ocean to snap away

The unique perspective of the surfers and rolling water gives the photographs an other-worldly feel 

The result of his quest for the perfect photo set is described as 'the best feeling in the world' by Ben Thouard

 

 

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