May 13 was an epic day at Teahupoo, a Tahitian surf break that’s notoriously hollow and dangerous when a giant swell slams the region. To see how hollow, watch as bodyboarder Dan Ryan air-drops in one of the most harrowing wipeouts you might ever witness, in RED Epic slow-motion footage released this week by Greg Huglin (best-viewed in HD).
Ryan was not seriously hurt, but he did earn a great deal of respect from surfers who were present–and that’s no easy task for a bodyboarder.
The swell attracted many of the world’s top big-wave surfers, and the only manner by which to possess a reasonable chance to drop in and surf safely out of these churning, hissing barrels was to be towed onto the forming waves behind personal watercraft.
In other words, Ryan didn’t stand much of a chance. But he tried…
For more photos of the infamous May 13 swell at Teahupoo, click here.
For more video of the swell, click here.