My respect goes out to "real" water photogs:

Being surfers first and (clearly) not serious photographers, we are always torn between the desire to record our sessions, and the desire to ride waves at our best. You have to remember that when we decide to take some pictures . . . we use those disposable water proof cameras . . . both of us are on (short) surfboards . . . we trade-off during the session but one of us always has the thing strapped to an arm (they come with a heavy duty rubber band) . . . imagine if you will, this thing flopping around on your arm while trying to ride waves/getting pounded by the surf and trying to get in the best possible position to get a picture of someone who is coming straight at you . . . serious logistics involved ;-> . . . believe me, it's a good thing they float! Surfers will understand why our pictures may not depict the best surf: When the surf is HAPPENING you want to SURF, not take pictures. Plus, if the surf is heavy, having a camera strapped to you is not a good idea. The cameras are very limited, too. You have to be close to get a decent shot. The best surf spots for this have a well-defined take off and (preferably) a well defined channel. Most of the pictures don't come out very well, either. In spite of all the hassles, it can be a blast. And that first look at "just developed" pictures of yourself, well . . .

Good surfing to you,


Rich at the Velzyland "Welcome" sign
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