“1:15 p.m. on Saturday”. At the heart of the wave – France 2 – June 25, 2022

Teahupoo is a legendary surf spot in Tahiti, French Polynesia, world famous with one of the most powerful waves on the planet that bears this name. It is the place chosen to host the surfing events of the 2024 Summer Olympics.

This site will break the world record for the distance between the place where an Olympic event takes place and its host city, with more than 15,700 kilometers, to meet Ben Thouard, a photographer from Toulon who has become a Polynesian by adoption.

Teahupoo has become an obsession

The sea has been his favorite playground since he was a child. He fell in love with Polynesia fifteen years ago and settled there, with his family, for good. The Teahupoo wave has become his obsession. He photographs it from all angles, then immerses himself in it to admire it from below.

To find himself under the explosion of the wave is what he is looking for. An incredible spectacle, but a technical and physical challenge that can be dangerous. A portrait from the magazine 1:15 p.m. on Saturday” (Twitter, #1:15 p.m.)signed Pierre Millet-Bellando, Clément Voyer and Sarah Jung.

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