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Making the most of a wave, Imperial Beach, California, 2014

Another surfer not only demonstrates exquisite balance – he seems to be moving forward and sideways at the same time in order to prolong his ride. The board leaves a semi-circular explosion of water behind it, expressing the power and thrust of nature itself.

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Phil Douglis03-Oct-2014 06:38
Thanks, Alina. It is always fun to welcome you back to my galleries. You are right -- the closer my zoom lens takes me to the action, the greater the emotional impact and dynamism.
Alina02-Oct-2014 21:36
I could spend hours watching these guys. Nice close-up adds dynamism to the picture.
Phil Douglis30-Sep-2014 20:45
That's what so fascinating about this sport. I was in awe of the knowledge, skills, balance, and experience that some of these surfers bring to their sport. I can hardly walk along a straight line without falling off to one side or the other. These athletes have developed an instinctive ability to stay steady and upright under extremely challenging circumstances, making them able to turn a sport into an art.
Iris Maybloom (irislm)30-Sep-2014 18:35
A stunning moment! How does he stay on the board? I think your phrase "exquisite balance" is exquisitely expressed.
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