360-Degree Video Technology Lets Newbies Like Us Surf Inside A Tahitian Barrel

Thanks, virtual reality!

Welcome to Teahupoo, Tahiti, where the waves are monstrous and the reefs razor sharp. In other words, it's no place for beginner surfers.

But thanks to virtual reality, we're now getting a glimpse inside a Tahitian barrel courtesy of 360-degree video technology and professional surfer C.J. Hobgood.

Start up the video below and explore the scenery by dragging your mouse around within the parameters of the YouTube player or using the arrows in the top left corner.

Waves wash over the surfers, Hobgood gets barreled, and the Tahitian mountains look mega lush.

"For many surfers, [Tahiti is] an obvious choice. It’s got the most amazing waves in the world; it’s got the clearest water; it’s got beautiful landscape, amazing people," director Taylor Steele said in a behind-the-scenes video. "What we want to do is capture that experience and show it to everybody else around the world that doesn’t get the opportunity to come here."

You'll probably feel the need to replay it more than once. We'll leave you to it.

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