IMMERSION The world freediving champion pays tribute to the mythical wave of Teahupoo, a spot that will host the surfing events of the 2024 Olympics

The magical images of freediver Arnaud Jerald in the heart of the Teahupoo wave

Arnaud Jerald under the mythical wave of Teahupoo, off Tahiti. — YouTube screenshot/Arnaud JERALD

The images are splendid, captivating. Freediving world champion Arnaud Jerald went to the spot of the famous Teahupoo wave, off Tahiti. The video shot by surf photographer Tim McKenna shows the French freediver letting himself be carried away by the waves and the bubbling waters.

The magical images of freediver Arnaud Jerald in the heart of the Teahupoo wave

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« My dream was to do it one day. Teahupoo »

“ This video is a nod to the eye. growing up, I loved playing in the waves. My dream was to do it one day. Teahupoo », explained Arnaud Jerald, holder of four world records in apnea, including two in 2021.

If he chose this spot off Tahiti, it’s because it’sa mythical place in the world of surfing. It’s also on this spot that the surfing events of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games will take place.

A security device; essential

But this practice is not without danger, we can see the freediver brushing against the reefs during the movements of water generated by the power of the wave.

Faced with the risk that this performance represented, Arnaud Jerald had chosen to surround himself well: a rescuer accompanied him on a jet-ski while two divers were present to ensure his safety in the water.