Tim Reyes `
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Not a lot of large waves this year on the West Coast. Regardless, the US Open of Surfing was a happening event with crowds even extending into the water. Where else are you going to put 500,000 people over 9 days of surfing. I don't even bother shooting from the beach on the weekend. There are just simply too many people. Instead, arriving to the event about 6:30 AM and picking a spot on the railing on the pier, is a good strategy. However, during the week days prior to the finals, it is possible to shoot from the beach until about 11:30 AM when the crowds begin to develop.
I was really surprised that I was shooting 1,500 images per day, and if I was lucky, about 25 would made it past the first cut. I was literally deleting thousands of images at a time. I then selected about 5 to 10 images to post on the site. That's a pretty pathetic ratio. I have shot surf contests with large waves and you want to keep and post them all. Anyway, considering the surf conditions, I am very happy to have gotten the images that I posted.
The above image shot was taken with a cropped frame, 12 MP DSLR with battery pack and 300-800 F5.6 zoom lens on aluminum tripod with gimbal head..