The Inertia

Situations don’t always go as planned.¬†How you react can define you. Do you accept defeat,¬†taking the obvious and easy way out, or keep searching for the road less traveled? In my second encounter with Maverick’s, I took a peek at the obvious path and decided to risk it all.

My goal as a photographer is to build a level of comfort in heavy surf while capturing the most artistic angles of a wave. At this particular wave, my plan was to do this from a boat, as close to the action as possible while still remaining safe.

One early morning in January I got to the docks at Mavs and loaded the gear on a boat that would take me to the lineup. To my dismay, the boat wasn’t actually functional that day, leaving me stuck on land. I hiked the bluff to shoot from land, but getting a decent image from that position was going to require at least a 600mm lens. The swell was rising, the tide was dropping, the winds were staying calm, and I found myself nowhere near the right position to get a great shot.

Still committed to my original goal, I decide to risk not getting a single shot and walked back to the harbor. Nearly an hour later a Half Moon Bay local showed up alone, ready to launch his jet ski out into the lineup. As this gallery shows, taking a chance paid off for me that day.


Thank you, Tom Watson, for being a solid jet ski pilot and helping me accomplish my own personal goal.

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