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The surf has been pretty good the last couple of days here in Southern California. We have a swell coming down from the arctic and it should continue for the next couple of days.

Here are a few shots of the waves from yesterday at Torrey Pines State Beach between La Jolla and Del Mar in San Diego, CA (just playing around having some fun).

Black and White Breaking Wave

DCIM100GOPRO

DCIM100GOPRO

DCIM100GOPRO

DCIM100GOPRO

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There was a pretty good size swell today. So I went out and played with my new toy in the shore break and got these photos.
There were some 6-12ft face waves pounding me into the sand.
It was Fun!!!

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Shore Break Wave

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Shore Break Wave

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Shore Break Wave

 

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Shore Break Wave

 

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Shore Break Wave

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The WCT (World Championship Tour) makes a stop every year at Lower Trestles surf break in Southern California. As an action sports photographer I have the pleasure of shooting this contest almost every year. Surf photography is one of my passions not only because of the insane moves these guys are pulling off but also because it’s something I enjoy doing myself. I love to surf as often as I can schedule permitting. Knowledge of a sport you are covering is always a benefit as it allows you to anticipate the action.

It’s always a visual display of progressive surfing with the best surfers in the world putting on a fantastic show. The wave is known as one of the best skate park type waves around. This always makes for great action, as you can see from the photos below.

Here are some shots form the contest.

Gabriel Medina letting it fly

Gabriel Medina letting it fly

Gabriel Mendina Cut Back

Gabriel Mendina Cut Back

Josh Kerr throwing some spray

Josh Kerr throwing some spray

John John Florence throwing it out there

John John Florence throwing it out there

Kelly Slater doing what he does best on his way to Victory.

Kelly Slater doing what he does best on his way to Victory.

Taj Burrow was on fire early.

Taj Burrow was on fire early.

To see more photos from the contest Click Here

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Shot this photo today in the shore break at Wind N’Sea beach in La Jolla, California.

Wave Photo in La Jolla, California

Wave Photo in La Jolla, California shot in the Shore Break

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There was a lot of hype surrounding an incoming swell for Friday, January 6th, 2012.

When the swell finally arrived it did not disappoint. It perhaps wasn’t as big as some people anticipated but definitely brought some fun decent sized waves.

Here are some photos from that day.

Hospitals Wave Sunrise La Jolla, California

Hospitals Wave Sunrise La Jolla, California

Big Rock Wave Surfing La Jolla, California

Big Rock Wave La Jolla, California

Black's Beach Wave Surfing Late Morning

Black's Beach Wave Late MorningEvening Glass off at Black's Beach

Line up shot of the surf at Black's during evening glass off

Line up shot of the surf at Black's during evening glass off

Surfing a little gem during evening session at Black's
Surfing a little gem during evening session at Black’s

To see more images from this swell Click Here

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The Hurley Pro, ASP World Tour, Surf Contest at Trestles in Southern California is coming up in a couple of weeks. The week of September 18th.

I thought I would post a few photos I shot from last year, just to peak the anticipation a little.

Kelly Slater Surfing

Kelly Slater doing what he does best

Chris Davidson

"Davo" (Chris Davidson)

Dane Reynolds

Dane Reynolds Launching. This is by far one of the biggest airs I've seen in person. The photo doesn't quite do it justice as seeing it in real life.

Adriano de Souza Surfing

Adriano de Souza throwing out his tail.

Taj Burrow Surfing

Taj Burrow busting a backside air.

Surfer Julian Wilson

Surfer Julian Wilson on left.

Kelly Slater Surfing

Kelly Slater inside section air. I like how in this photo the guy on the jet ski in the back ground is snapping photos at the same time of the same thing but totally different angle.

Mick Fanning Surfing

Mick Fanning letting his fins loose.

Jordy Smith Surfing

Jordy Smith with a nice fan.

Taj Burrow Surfing

Taj Burrow getting ready for a frontside snap.

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Back in September the ASP World Tour made their annual stop in Southern California for the Hurley Pro, with the only stop of the WCT on the mainland of North America.
This surf contest features the best of the best as far as competitive surfers are concerned (it’s also called the “Dream Tour”). They travel all over the world to compete at some of the best surf spots on the planet. The contest in Southern California takes place at Lower Trestles just south of San Clemente.

Here are some photos from the contest:

Dane Reynolds air time

Dane Reynolds air time

Dane Reynolds finished in 2nd place at the 2009 Hurley Pro.

Dane Reynolds signing autographs

Dane Reynolds getting mobbed by the Groms for autographs

Kelly Slater busting an air

Kelly Slater busting an air

9 time World Champion, Defending World Champion and Defending Hurley Pro Champion Kelly Slater finished in 3rd place.

Kelly Slater Portrait photograph

Kelly Slater Portrait Photo

Rob Machado backside snap

Rob Machado doing his thing

Rob Machado who is not on tour anymore entered through a sponsor wildcard exemption (he’s sponsored by Hurley) and had a respectable 9th place finish.

Adriano de Souza fins free

Adriano de Souza fins free

Brazilian Adriano de Souza finished in 5th place.

Dane Reynolds Portrait

Dane Reynolds post heat portrait

Mick Fanning Contest Winner

Mick Fanning sliding the tail around

Mick Fanning was the winner of the 2009 Hurley Pro and went on a tear for the rest of the year eventually winning the World Title.

Technical info (if you care):
Lens used was a 500mm f4.0, I changed ISO between 200-400, aperature f5.0, shutter speed varied between 1/2500 – 1/5000 for the action shots

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