Posted by: Waheeda Harris | September 25, 2014

Fave shot – shortboard surfer at Wailea’s Makena Beach, Maui, Hawaii

On a sunny spring afternoon, I got to lay on the soft sand of Wailea’s Makena Beach and admire the young surfers chasing waves:

Hawaii - Maui shortboard surfer


I admired their devotion to take time after school to spend time at the beach, enjoying their time in the ocean. As I lay under the sun’s rays and watched him and his friends repeatedly surf as the waves kept coming, I happily snapped away, learning more about my new Nikon camera and how to photograph someone in motion.

But minutes after I took this photograph, this surfer was caught in the strong waves, and the angle broke his shortboard. Angry with the sea, he flung the broken board on the beach, as I watched him vent his frustration about the destruction.

He then sat on the beach, his calm slowly returning, as he gazed out at the sea – in one moment his ally in gliding across its surface, the next moment his foe as it snapped his surfboard in half.


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