The simplest of ideas sometimes prove most difficult, as the Reef team learned firsthand.

"Those guys were super lucky to get a few hours at perfect, three-to-four-foot Teahupoo," says Ben Bourgeois, who, thanks to Delta Airlines, got stuck for 30 hours in the Atlanta airport en route to Tahiti, thus missing the day in which these images took place.

"Once I arrived, the surf was huge, blown out, and junky the rest of the trip. If it weren't for that first day, the concept would have been blown, and these photos wouldn't have happened."

Starring Rob Machado, Jay Thompson, and Sean Moody.

Directed by Chris Straley. Photographed by Chris Straley.