Teahupo’o off the southwestern coast of the island of Tahiti, French Polynesia is one of the deadliest waves in the world.

First surfed in 1985 by Tahitian Thierry Vernaudon, it wasn’t until 1997 that Teahupo’o was put on a global stage.

The ocean is over 300 foot deep until it hits the reef and quickly becomes 3 foot deep, creating one of the world’s heaviest waves.