Maiko MouCameraCanon EOS 50DLens10-17 mmISO320F-Stopf9.0Shutter speed1/500About the shotI woke up early that morning to take shots of my favorite subject: empty waves. I took my time to check the conditions in different locations and finally found this wave breaking in the most perfect way. Teahupo’o is the ultimate reef break in Tahiti – it’s perfect and powerful. I used waterhousing for my camera as always, but I think that day I took some of the most amazing pictures I’ve ever taken in the water. Nobody was around for two hours so I had total freedom to let go and just have fun. In this photo, I just wanted to express the feeling and happiness of jumping out of a barrel wave. I tried to make the picture as dynamic as possible by pointing my fist to the sky and having that seemingly endless barrel wave in the background. The whole picture feels like a cocoon for me, it captures my state of mind at that very moment.BiographyI’ve been surfing my whole life and photography has been a means to live and express my passion in a different way. I was born in Tahiti and grew up surfing with people like Manoa Drollet, Hira Teriinatoofa and WCT battler Michel Bourez. One day, I came across a few photoblogs on the Internet, which I fell in love with. From then on, I just had to get into photography. I’m also an IT specialist and web developer, so I created my own photoblog and website in 2005. In less than five years, my work has been featured in many leading surf magazines and in advertising. My photos have also been exhibited and were also chosen to represent Tahiti at the World Expo in Shanghai in 2010. My goal is to show the world how beautiful the ocean is, which is why I mostly take shots of empty waves. I love being alone in the middle of nowhere, capturing those magical, beautiful moments with my camera that disappear in a second. I like being there, enjoying the waves’ sweetness, just feeling the 'Hau Maru' as we say in Tahitian – that ‘sweet atmosphere’. By just discovering the water world, I think it helps you to discover yourself.