Surfer Jamie O'Brien lit himself on fire while surfing in Teahupo'o, Tahiti, on Wednesday while filming a new web series (video below).
O'Brien, who is starring in "Who Is JOB 5.0" for Red Bull TV, appears to catch a wave like any normal surfer until he becomes engulfed in flames.
O'Brien told Red Bull about the experience:
I caught the best wave of my life today. It was a dream wave, and I was on fire. It was the biggest adrenaline rush of my life. Everything went super smooth! Yesterday, during a test I burned a quarter of my eyelash and eyebrow, but it was really cool.
There was a lot of build-up and yesterday we had a few difficulties, but today we just went for it and next thing you know I was in the barrel, I was on fire and flames were wrapping everywhere. It was really cool.
O'Brien added that he got the idea after someone on Instagram suggested he set himself ablaze.
He also described the feeling of being on fire in the ocean:
Oh man, this morning — go day — let's see. The first wave I went for, I lit up and someone said, "You're on fire!" I looked to the right and this flame just wraps around my head and it sunk in. I was like, "Oh my God, I'm on fire for real!" After that I just had to forget about it and surf, y'know? I took off and pulled in and got this nice barrel and as I kicked out I was wondering if I was still on fire. I jumped off the wave and the water was the perfect extinguisher; the ocean put me out straight away.
Surfer Mag notes that O'Brien worked with a Hollywood stunt coordinator to construct his wetsuit and plan the stunt.