Huntington Beach fun – kids don’t try this at home!

kids playing in the sand

Home made beach trampoline – kids don’t try this at home!

Yesterday I was out photographing surfers in Huntington Beach and on my way back to the parking lot, I noticed a group of boys burying a large rubber ball in the sand. Half of the ball was exposed and they were using to catapult themselves in the air. Probably not the safest thing to do but it looked like fun.

Each would run up to the ball, step on it and jump in the air doing flips. Yeah, you can see where this is leading. Being the non-professionals that they are, some landed in very dangerous positions. I captured this photo as one of them landed on his upper back. Ouch!

Camera settings: shutter speed 1/1250, f/8 at 100mm focal length. Plus I had the camera set at high-speed continuous shooting, I shot 3 pictures at about a rate of 6 frames per second, hand held of course…oh and no VR lens either. 😉

Ramon Ambriz

Ramon has been an avid photographer for over 20 years. He runs and contributes to several photography sites including OCSurfPix.com,  Coolest-Travel-Pictures and OCPix. His main expertise is in advertising and online marketing but photography has always remained a top priority.

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  • The landing is going to hurt. You must have had that shutter speed set nice and fast!

    • Ray

      Yes, I had the shutter speed set to 1/1250. The landing looked painful, but he got up quickly and continued to jump!

  • Umm … was he going forwards or backwards?
    Wonderful capture …

    • Ray

      He ran from left of the screen to right, jumped on the ball, then attempted a 360 degree front flip, hoping to land on his feet. As you can see he actually landed on his back!

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