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This body boarder has achieved the Nirvana of being in the tube; you can see his track as he leaves the tube. Now the task is to get back over the lip of the wave without being crunched by the collapsing wave.

Although the Newport Wedge is only about 100 meters wide, it's one of the most challenging waves in the world. As waves approach shore, they bounce off the jetty's boulders causing a refraction wave which merges at an acute angle with the swell. This increases the size of the wave by 50%. The last photo I posted lacked the stability and freedom of a tripod. Vowing to improve, I started following the surf report. When a storm generated in the Antartic near New Zealand produced a big swell, I jumped into action. I wasn't alone, there were also 3 TV news cameras and 50 other photographers out hoping to catch the perfect shot on this 20 foot wave. The photographers actually out-numbered those brave enough to challenge this wave; but in this small area, 30 challengers looked a bit like rush hour.

PP: Nikon Capture, D-lighting, Color Mode IIIa, convert to JPEG. PS: Smart Fix 7%, Frame and save for web.

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Additional Photos by Larry Carolan (lcarolan) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 232 W: 14 N: 388] (948)
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