The great thing about surfing in winter is you have some elbow room. Or so it seems to me. I’m not a surfer. I’ve tried, believe me. I even took a couple classes in El Salvador. I found it to be a great way to drink seawater…most of it through my nose! There were other problems, but for me that was the major one. I can see the attraction however.
This is a beach near San Diego at the foot of some nice bluffs turned golden by the setting sun. There were certainly other surfers around. But when I saw this guy walking down the beach alone, I could see (even at this distance) that he was having a great time. It was the way he was walking, barefoot and alone in the late-afternoon sun down a beautiful stretch of coast. He had apparently finished for the day, enjoying the post-surfing glow after some good rides.
I had to use my 200 mm. lens to capture him from atop the bluff where I was walking. I just hand-held the shot even though I had my tripod. For one thing, I had to be quick about it. Also, since he was moving along at a good pace, I needed a faster shutter speed anyway to keep him sharp.