Ben Thouard underwater

Ben grew up in the south of France where the waves were small. His father was a sailor and taught Ben everything about the ocean. Rocked by waves and wind, Ben received an education with close connection to nature and especially the sea. Coached by his older brothers, Ben quickly fell in love with surfing and spent the most time possible in the ocean. He discovered photography at the age of 15 and started shooting his friends who surfed.

After learning photography basics in Toulon, Ben then studied photography school in Paris. Ben managed to achieve his dreams of traveling to Hawaii and shooting images. During the next couple of years, Ben traveled the world alongside professionals in search of photogenic landscapes and waves that has never been surfed before. At the age of 22 he decided to move to Tahiti. Ben quickly made Teahupo’o’s famous wave his backyard and his favorite place to shoot. Mesmerized by the many colors of his new home Ben explored new ways of shooting by flying aboard his motorized plaraglider.

In the last 4 years Ben has risen to the top of game being the one of the leading photographers based in the the tropical paradise called French Polynesia. Magazine covers, advertising campaigns, award winning images from the water and around it has lead to global success and acknowledgment from his peers and many happy clients world wide.

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