Surf’s up! Stunning underwater snaps of surfers
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, looking up on surfers 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.
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.
“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.
“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.”