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Newport Photos from an August Swell

Surf

A nice swell just hit southern California. I have some photos posted. For afternoon in-water shots see August 4th #1 and August 4th #2, and for beach shots see August 5th #1 and August 5th #2. Sorry, but some of the beach shots on August 5th are backlit, I asked the sun to move around to a different position but it would not oblige.

Surfer nearly collides with stray board, #3 of a 6 frame sequence, Newport Beach

Surfer nearly collides with stray board, #3 of a 6 frame sequence, Newport Beach.
Image ID: 16835
Location: Newport Beach, California, USA

Wave breaking, tube, Newport Beach

Wave breaking, tube, Newport Beach.
Image ID: 16802
Location: Newport Beach, California, USA

Newport Today

Surf

My wife and I took the kids up to NB for an afternoon in the sun. I had a good time in the water and got a better workout than I do in my usual pool swim, but after 3 hours of watching Dad trying to figure out how to photograph the waves without getting pummeled my kids were pretty bored so we took them to El Ranchito for dinner.

Wave breaking, tube, Newport Beach

Wave breaking, tube, Newport Beach.
Image ID: 16803
Location: Newport Beach, California, USA

Wave, The Wedge, Newport Beach, California

Wave.
Image ID: 16819
Location: The Wedge, Newport Beach, California, USA

Mavericks Surf Contest 2006

Central Coast, Surf

The Mavericks Surf Contest 2006 photos are now online. I shot the 2006 running of the Mavericks Surf Contest, held February 7, 2006 at Half Moon Bay, California. The event went off very well, with great organization, beautiful weather and near perfect waves. The Mavericks Surf Contest is about big wave paddle-in surfing, in which contestants are required to paddle in to huge, thick waves under their own power (jetskies are on hand only for safety purposes, no tow-in surfing is allowed during the contest). 24 of the world’s most skilled big wave experts were invited to compete, and surfed four heats, two semifinals and one final from 8am until 2pm. South African Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker, who had a nearly flawless day winning his heat, his semifinal and the finals, was crowned champion and took home $30,000 and a gold watch. Tyler Smith of Santa Cruz took second and Brock Little of Hawaii third. Thousands watched the event from the shore, many scrambling up the cliffs of Pillar Point, while hundreds boated and jetskied out to the break to watch from the water. Mavericks Surf Ventures presented the contest live over the internet on streaming video, and NBC was on hand to capture the contest for broadcast on May 13 at 2pm EST. We selected 71 photos of the contest to place among our stock photos, here are just a few, click any one to see it larger:

2006 Mavericks surf contest champion Grant Twiggy Baker of South Africa.  Final round, Mavericks surf contest, February 7, 2006, Half Moon Bay, California

2006 Mavericks surf contest champion Grant Twiggy Baker of South Africa. Final round, Mavericks surf contest, February 7, 2006.
Image ID: 15299
Location: Mavericks, Half Moon Bay, California, USA

Brock Little, final round, Mavericks surf contest (third place), February 7, 2006, Half Moon Bay, California

Brock Little, final round, Mavericks surf contest (third place), February 7, 2006.
Image ID: 15300
Location: Mavericks, Half Moon Bay, California, USA

The wave.  Mavericks surf contest, February 7, 2006, Half Moon Bay, California

The wave. Mavericks surf contest, February 7, 2006.
Image ID: 15308
Location: Mavericks, Half Moon Bay, California, USA

Tyler Smith, final round, Mavericks surf contest (second place), February 7, 2006, Half Moon Bay, California

Tyler Smith, final round, Mavericks surf contest (second place), February 7, 2006.
Image ID: 15301
Location: Mavericks, Half Moon Bay, California, USA

More 2006 Mavericks Surf Contest photos.

Big Wednesday

California, Surf

Big Wednesday : December 21 2005. All of Southern California and Baja gets bombed with good surf, some of the best we’ve seen in 20+ years. Most excellent. I got away for a few hours and saw some guys tackle what is probably an 18 foot La Jolla Cove left. In the photo below, Kyle Blase is on the left, I spoke with him by phone later, he caught five that day and was pretty stoked about it all.

La Jolla Cove only breaks on really big swells.  Giant surf and big waves nail Southern California, December 21, 2005

La Jolla Cove only breaks on really big swells. Giant surf and big waves nail Southern California, December 21, 2005.
Image ID: 14816
Location: La Jolla Cove, California, USA

Pipes below Swami’s, noon. It was enormously crowded in the water and on the cliffs, like I have never seen before. I liked the look of the walls to the south of the point, pretty awesome but would be tough to surf without getting throttled:

Pipes goes off south of Swamis, Encinitas.  Giant surf and big waves nail Southern California, December 21, 2005

Pipes goes off south of Swamis, Encinitas. Giant surf and big waves nail Southern California, December 21, 2005.
Image ID: 14840
Location: Swamis, Encinitas, California, USA

Oceanside Pier, sunset, spongers getting foamy brown room tubes to the delight of the hundreds lined up just above them, cheering in unison as each guy would get barreled.

Bodyboarders tackle big waves at Oceanside Pier, sunset. Giant surf and big waves nail Southern California, December 21, 2005

Bodyboarders tackle big waves at Oceanside Pier, sunset. Giant surf and big waves nail Southern California, December 21, 2005.
Image ID: 14843
Location: Oceanside Pier, California, USA

Del Mar Surf Camera Housing

Surf

**As of August 2012, I am using Delmar Housing Projects for my Canon 5D Mark III. The lens I prefer to use is the 16-35 f/2.8 II. The first couple sessions with this rig: first and second.**

**As of September 2006, I am using an even newer, better, more killer housing from Delmar Housing Projects. Get The Info.**

Breaking wave, Ponto, South Carlsbad

Breaking wave, Ponto, South Carlsbad.
Image ID: 17679
Location: Ponto, Carlsbad, California, USA

Comments from 12/14/2005, about my first Delmar housing: I just purchased a Delmar Surf Housing and it is a lot of fun. Erik Hjermstad makes Delmar housings for still and video cameras. I didn’t know squat about shooting surf and starting asking questions about what gear surf shooters use to photograph in the water. Eventually I came across Erik’s website upon recommendation from one of his customers in Hawaii. When I discovered that his shop is only about 10 miles south of me, in the Del Mar area, it was a nobrainer to go meet him and check out his work. Erik’s an easy-going guy and eager to get people into the water shooting images with his custom housings. For him it’s all about sharing the stoke. His housings are so popular worldwide that he’s got more orders than he can fill, and he’s taking steps to expand his manufacturing. The latest generation of digital cameras, such as the Canon 20D, are perfectly suited for this sort of photography. They have great auto-exposure and auto-focus, are small enough that a camera and housing weigh only a few pounds, offer high enough frame rates to make action photography possible, and they don’t break the bank. Since he creates each housing himself, it is a simple matter for Erik to add custom controls upon request — I had him add a switch to control manual/autofocus on my Canon 10-22 lens. Here are a few photos I shot on the very first time out in the water with Erik’s housing:

Breaking wave, South Carlsbad State Beach, Ponto, morning, winter

Breaking wave, South Carlsbad State Beach, Ponto, morning, winter.
Image ID: 14794
Location: Ponto, Carlsbad, California, USA

Breaking wave, South Carlsbad State Beach, Ponto, morning, winter

Breaking wave, South Carlsbad State Beach, Ponto, morning, winter.
Image ID: 14789
Location: Ponto, Carlsbad, California, USA

Breaking wave, South Carlsbad State Beach, Ponto, morning, winter

Breaking wave, South Carlsbad State Beach, Ponto, morning, winter.
Image ID: 14790
Location: Ponto, Carlsbad, California, USA

These were shot about 2 minutes from where I live, north of the Ponto jetties in South Carlsbad, on a glassy and sunny winter morning. I was pleased, not bad for a beginner. It’s a little project of mine to accumulate nice photos of waves (with perhaps a few shots of surfers thrown in). So as I gather them, they will go here.

The Wedge, Newport Beach

Surf

A wave, breaking with powerful energy, at the Wedge in Newport Beach, The Wedge

A wave, breaking with powerful energy, at the Wedge in Newport Beach.
Image ID: 16988
Location: The Wedge, Newport Beach, California, USA

September swell at the Wedge, The Wedge, Newport Beach, California

September swell at the Wedge.
Image ID: 14416
Location: The Wedge, Newport Beach, California, USA

Bodyboarder drops knee, the Wedge, The Wedge, Newport Beach, California

Bodyboarder drops knee, the Wedge.
Image ID: 16995
Location: The Wedge, Newport Beach, California, USA

Wave breaking, tube, Newport Beach

Wave breaking, tube, Newport Beach.
Image ID: 16802
Location: Newport Beach, California, USA

Wave breaking, tube, Newport Beach

Wave breaking, tube, Newport Beach.
Image ID: 16803
Location: Newport Beach, California, USA

Wave breaking, tube, Newport Beach

Wave breaking, tube, Newport Beach.
Image ID: 16804
Location: Newport Beach, California, USA

A large, powerful wave breaks with offshore winds at the Wedge in Newport Beach, The Wedge

A large, powerful wave breaks with offshore winds at the Wedge in Newport Beach.
Image ID: 18706
Location: The Wedge, Newport Beach, California, USA

Kirk Blackman, Newport Beach

Kirk Blackman, Newport Beach.
Image ID: 16830
Location: Newport Beach, California, USA

Kirk Blackman, September swell Newport Beach, California

Kirk Blackman, September swell Newport Beach, California.
Image ID: 14393
Location: Newport Beach, California, USA

The Wedge in Newport Beach is one of the world’s most notorious and exciting bodysurfing spots. Locals in the 70’s and 80’s developed a reputation for getting barreled in the bruising, thick wave while risking being pile-driven onto the sand if they got sucked over. Growing up in Newport in the 60s and 70s, I remember many times sirens would sound down Newport Boulevard as an ambulance raced to the Wedge to attend to some poor soul who had gone over the falls trying to impress his buds or the (quite fine) local girls, crunching bones as he returned to the beach. The old-school still bodysurfs the Wedge by virtue of a local ordinance that forbids any boards in the water between 10am and 5pm. However, these days boards rule the Wedge, working the place with bodyboards and standup. The Wedge is best on a south swell. Incoming waves reflecting off the adjacent jetty combine with the next wave to form a doubled-up triangular mutant mountain wave that pitches over thick and fast in surprisingly shallow water. The result is a big, sucking, foam-filled donut. Don’t get caught inside during a closeout set.

See more photos of the Wedge taken recently.

Breaking wave, fast motion and blur. The Wedge, Newport Beach, California

Breaking wave, fast motion and blur. The Wedge.
Image ID: 14355
Location: The Wedge, Newport Beach, California, USA

Breaking wave, fast motion and blur. The Wedge, Newport Beach, California

Breaking wave, fast motion and blur. The Wedge.
Image ID: 14354
Location: The Wedge, Newport Beach, California, USA

A tube, the inside of a breaking wave, The Wedge, Newport Beach, California

A tube, the inside of a breaking wave.
Image ID: 17007
Location: The Wedge, Newport Beach, California, USA

Photo of the Wedge, Newport Beach
Photo of the Wedge, Newport Beach
Photo of the Wedge, Newport Beach
Photo of the Wedge, Newport Beach