My name is Ben Thouard, and I’ve lived in Tahiti for eight years. I started photography when I was a teenager, using an old Nikon camera from my father that I’d found at home.
Being a surfer since a very young age, it was natural that I started shooting my friends surfing. After going to photography school in Paris, I flew to Hawaii when I was 19, and this was my first professional challenge.
Since then I’ve traveled around the world to shoot watersports in search of great conditions, encounters and stories. Nine years ago I was invited to make a trip to Teahupo’o, Tahiti, a place I completely fell in love with. A year after moving it became my favorite playground.
These days, having recently turned 30, I’d say I mostly shoot surfing. However, I love spending time in the ocean searching for great scenery that can be found out there. Taking advantage of the amazing conditions we have in Tahiti, in terms of waves and water clarity, I dedicate a big part of my work to shooting waves and underwater photos.