Surfing is a sport that generates more than its fair share of gorgeous photography—check out the work of our own Chris Burkard if you need a refresher. But this wide-angle photo, taken by French-Tahitian photog Ben Thouard during this week’s swell at Tahiti’s big wave, Teahupoo, is too stunning to be called simply a surf shot: The surfer getting barreled by an angry opaline giant of a wave is almost an afterthought to the shot’s marriage of “postcard perfection,” as Surfer Magazine calls it, and journalistic scene-setting. And there’s a rainbow!
Click through to see the full-size version at the magazine’s website (© Ben Thouard):
The huge swell, which watchers say is producing one of the most thrilling sessions in years, has attracted big wave surfers from around the globe, including all-around surf legend Laird Hamilton and two of our AT50 athletes, Maya Gabeira and Mark Healey.