The average surfer will probably never get to experience what it’s like inside a barrel at one of the heaviest waves in the world, Teahupoo. But Red Bull has devised a way for anyone in the world to get full 360-degree views of some deep tubes at the Tahitian wonder wave. The video footage is taken from Immersive Media’s 360-degree spherical video camera that captures eleven separate video streams and then arranges them to create a complete all-around image. From the roof of the pit to the reef below, the video is entirely controlled by the viewer, allowing anyone to see angles never before seen. But getting this innovative footage wasn’t the easiest of tasks.
Test-pilots Jamie O’Brien, Jamie Sterling, Raimana Van Bastolaer, and Ian Walsh strapped on 25 pounds of equipment to their backs and began towing each other in deep, creating a one-of-a-kind viewing occasion. Thanks to these chargers now we can all get as close to the real thing as possible, at least without actually being there that is. Look for Red Bull to continue innovating this technology and giving people around the world the ability to see things they might never have the opportunity to actually do. To check out the insane footage and technology out yourself go to RedBullsurfing.com/videos/immersive/.