These are all scanned surfing pictures from our trip to Monterey in February
2002. We were there for a conference at the Asilomar conference grounds. The
beach is very close and it was easy to bop over for a few minutes here and there.
I've never taken pictures of surfers before, and I wasn't intending to take
any surfing pictures before I left, but it turns out that they're natural subjects.
The first day the waves were pretty sedate. This meant that the surfers were quite close to the shore and it was pretty easy to get closeups with a long lens. Actually, I have some interesting full body shots but by the time they're that close a) you can make out their faces well enough to identify them, and b) they kind of look like dorks because the waves are maybe a foot tall by then. I decided not to put any of those on the web site!
One thing that was interesting about the first day is that there were folks of all different skill levels. It became pretty obvious pretty quick who knew what they were doing and who didn't. But they all seemed to be having a great time.
This was on the second day when the waves were much larger. This just looks like a mess to me. They seem to do an amazing job of figuring out where to go next, but often they'd disappear between two waves and you would never see them again until they managed to get on top of another wave a few minutes later.
This is actually from summer 2003 - same beach, so I thought I'd add the pictures here and remove some of the older ones. This one and the next one were taken with a digital SLR instead of being scans from prints.
I'm not sure what they were doing in either photo was on purpose or not.