In Baule, on the Atlantic west coast of France, horse-surfing sees surfers travelling across waves at speeds of up to 35mph while attached to a galloping stallion on the beach.
The new adrenalin craze was created by pro kitesurfer Harold Quinquis while in search of new thrills.
“We have friends who go down to the beach on their horses and enjoy galloping in the waves,” Mr Quinquis said. “You can never go as fast on a surfboard as you can on a horse - and I thought it would be great to be able to go that fast.
“Then we came up with the idea of attaching the board to the saddle and being dragged along.” Mr Quinquis says it’s difficult to get used to at first, but once you master it, “it's fantastic”.