SURFACE is an epic wave documentary from Tahiti ocean photographer Ben Thouard.
Using the crystal clear waves of French Polynesia of as his lens, Ben invented an underwater perspective as never seen before.
Sometimes a journey takes you to the very end of the road. For award-winning photographer Ben Thouard, the journey took him all the way to a little village at the end of the road at the end of an island in the central South Pacific, in this case, Tahiti.
From his backyard, he could keep an eye on the legendary wave break, Teahupo’o, which creates some of the world’s heaviest swells. After years of shooting surfing and windsurfing and struggling to find his distinctive photographic voice, Ben let the waves and the crystal clear water of French Polynesia be his muse to invent a new vision of the ocean.
“I realized you could actually shoot a photo of a landscape through the wave, underwater. It really amazed me,” says Ben, who went around the island a hundred times to find new spots.
“I thought, ‘This is really next level. I don’t think we’ve ever seen that before. This is what I’ve been looking for.’ ”
The resulting collection of images, which took a year to hunt down, is published in his new book, SURFACE. Watch his story in the new ROAM Original film, above, in association with Pela.
Check out the trailer for the documentary below.
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