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When summer time hits in Tofino, it becomes a totally different place. Throughout the rest of the year, when the rain is falling and everything — everything — is dripping wet and the clouds are low, the tourists stay away. The locals squelch around in gumboots, stamping through puddles as the rain falls. Compared to the summer, the beaches and waves are nearly empty. And sometimes, the sun will poke its head out of the clouds.
“This photo was taken at the local beachbreak in town,” said Marcus Paladino, the photographer who captured the image you see above. “It’s normally crowded with hordes of tourists practicing their pop-up skills in the whitewash during the summer months.”
So when the crowds are gone, the locals like Kalum Temple Bruhwiler are a little more free to do what they do best. And Paladino will be there to snap the shutter on it, especially when the light is just about as good as it gets.