Club of the Waves

Ben Thouard


Photographer — Tahiti, French Polynesia

Surviving (Teahupo’o, Tahiti)

Ben grew up in the south of France where the waves are small. His father was a sailor and taught him everything about the ocean. Coached by his older brothers, he quickly fell in love with surfing and spent every moment possible in the ocean. He discovered photography at the age of 15 and started shooting his friends who surfed. After learning the basics in Toulon, Ben then studied in a photography school in Paris. He managed to achieve his dream of shooting images in Hawaii and travelling the world alongside professionals in search of photogenic landscapes and waves that have never been surfed before. At 22, he moved to Tahiti. Ben quickly made Teahupo’o’s famous wave his backyard and his favourite place to shoot. Ben recently released his first solo book “SURFACE” – a 184 page, hardcover, coffee table book.

Into the Wild (Teahupo’o, Tahiti)
Into the Wild
Fire Hole (wave)
Fire Hole
Buddy (surfer: Matahi Drollet at Teahupo’o)
Matahi Drollet
Diluvienne (ocean waves)
Checking In (surfer: Matehau Tetopata at Teahupo’o)
Checking In
Matehau Tetopata
The Fight (surfer underwater wave)
The Fight
Teahupo’o, Tahiti
Breathe (female surfer: Frankie Harrer)
Frankie Harrer
Flare (underwater surfer: Anthony Walsh)
Anthony Walsh
Perfection (Teahupo’o, Tahiti)
Underwater Teahupo’o (surfer: Francisco Porcella)
Underwater Teahupo'o
Francisco Porcella
Teeth (Teahupo’o, Tahiti)
Duck Dive (surfer underwater wave)
Duck Dive
Code Red (surfer: Nathan Fletcher at Teahupo’o)
Code Red
Nathan Fletcher
Vortex (underwater wave)
GouGou (surfer: Raimana Van Bastolaer at Teahupo’o)
Raimana Van Bastolaer
La Faille (underwater at Teahupo’o)
La Faille
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