Surfer At The Water’s Edge in Huntington Beach

A surfer at the waters edge in Huntington Beach

They say we came from the sea and well…all that stuff, but I know that certain people are drawn religiously to the ocean.  They’ll skip out on school, work and sometimes even family. They’re called surfers. They are drawn to the water’s edge and beyond.

I capture lot’s of photos that include surfers, mostly in Huntington Beach. Each have their own ritual as they prepare to enter the water. Most stretch at the beach and spend a little time looking at the waves to see how they plan to surf it.

But there is one thing many surfers always do. They pause momentarily at the waters edge right before they enter. As if to say, “I’m committing to this and there’s no turning back, so I might as well do my best and have fun”.

Perhaps it’s something most of us should do before we take on a large job, task or project. If you’re going to do something, do it right and have fun doing it.

Photo above was taken on the south side of the Huntington Beach pier. It’s also part of the City Daily Photo theme day The Waters Edge gallery for November.

Surfer With Shark Painted Surfboard in Huntington Beach

Surfer riding a cool shark painted surfboard.

Earlier today while taking a walk on the Huntington Beach Pier, I noticed a surfer with a very unique surfboard. It appears to be painted as a shark, the orange/red board stood out from the rest of the pack. Add the fact that the man surfing was also a good surfer, made the opportunity for a clear shot very possible.

The surf was about 3 to 5 ft with the occasional 6 ft waves so it was a good day to be out surfing or, like me, taking pictures. I recently got back from a trip to Maui, which was great, but I still love capturing photos from the Southern California area, especially Huntington Beach.

Some of you have emailed me recently asking what camera equipment I use to take the pictures you see on this site. As promised, I list them below. I mainly use two camera’s, a DSLR and a Point and Shoot compact. I don’t carry both of them with me all the time, but at least one is always nearby.

But like any photographer will tell you, it’s not the equipment that takes pictures, it’s the person behind the camera. After all, if you bake a great tasting pie, the cook takes the credit not the oven right? So go out with whatever camera you have or can afford to purchase and take lots of pictures!

Final Day of 2011 US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach

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Wide angle shot of the 2011 US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach.

Today in Huntington Beach was the final day of the US Open of Surfing and the crowds must have been at least 10 to 15 thousand people at least! I was there taking US Open Surfing photos for OCSurfpix.com website but it proved to be a challenging task.

With thousands of people watching and trying to get the best positions for photos, those of us who where there primarily to take images found ourselves having to work hard for those same spots.

Kelly Slater ended up winning the competition, in fact you can see him in the water with the white t-shirt. Click on image to see it in it’s original size. You can also see a full gallery here by another local photo site.

Female surfer at Surf City USA – Huntington Beach

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Female surfer at Surf City USA – Huntington Beach.

There’s a reason why Huntington Beach is called “Surf City USA“, any day of the week one can find dozens if not hundreds of surfers at the beach. Don’t think surfing is only for males either, I captured this young woman surfing with the big boys.

In fact, this girl was making the best out of every wave, big or small. They always say surfers are in search of the perfect wave, the truth is many of them spend about 50% of the time in the water waiting. This girl did very little waiting, she would catch every wave that came her way. In fact the wave she rode on the image above was very small. Yet she made the most of it and caught some air, allowing me capture her in this nice action shot.

By the way, if you’re wondering how I took this photo. She was surfing off the side of the Huntington Beach pier, which is where I was standing. Using a Nikon 80-200mm 2.8D AF-ED lens made it fairly easy.

Huntington Beach surfer in a headstand

Huntington Beach surfer in a headstand

A Huntington Beach surfer balancing himself in a headstand.

People come from all over the world to see and photograph the surfers at Surf City, Huntington Beach. Yesterday I took a walk on the pier to do the same. A good viewing area is located next to the life guard tower, about the midway point of the pier.

There were at least 15 surfers in that area, using both short and longboards. One surfer managed to do a few headstands while balancing himself on the board. He quickly got the attention of several spectators, including myself!

I captured the above photo with a Nikon D7000 and a 80-200mm 2.8D AF lens. Camera settings were: ISO 100, f/4.5, 1/1000 second shutter speed, and 135mm focal length (217mm in 35mm focal length).

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