There is nothing like going to the beach early in the morning to photograph some of the world's best surfers and the waves are topping out at about 2-3 feet. Not real exciting! But I learned an important lesson: great surfers can even make a small wave look exciting.
As witnessed by this site, I'm finally getting to the point where I'm comfortable with the combination of camera, lens, and tripod that I am using. Even documenting the heats and the surfers is more difficult than it first appears. You have to develop your own system and this takes time and experience. I appear to be the only one on the beach actually taking notes. I guess all of the other photographers already know the lineups.
All of the images were taken with a 12 megapixel digital SLR with 300-800 mm F5.6 zoom lens. No polarizer was used and the camera was set to high speed crop. The latter is a incredible feature of the D2X.