A riderless surfboard soars above a massive wave on Peahi, a surf break on Maui’s north shore. This image was captured during the Pe’ahi Challenge, a big-wave surfing event. Peahi, also known as Jaws, “is a spectacle in the truest sense of the word, with waves up to 80 [feet tall] on the biggest days,” photographer Lyle Krannichfeld says. “This particular frame stood out to me because of the splash of color from the board and the questions it raises for the viewer.”
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Sand wave

Your Shot photographer Danny Sepkowski admits that setting up his camera on a shore break is “not the safest thing to do.” But he got this incredible shot of sand being sucked up into a wave by photographing with a 100mm lens. “Shooting with a macro lens has taught me patience and composition as well,” he says. “The detail that this lens has is next level, and so are the beatings that I take with it!”
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Catching it

“As soon as I saw him going for that wave all I could think was, Oh, s***!” says photographer Stuart Gibson of this photo showing Mick Hoult surfing a wave off the east coast of Tasmania, Australia. “I was thinking, He can’t be going for that wave,” Gibson recalls. “Mick was so deep that he almost fell right onto the rocky slab below, but he recovered at just the last second—just in time to pose for the shot.

“This particular spot only fires up about once a year,” notes Gibson. “I wanted to be really close to the action, but so much water is moving around, and it tries to suck you around the back of the rock. It’s a really dangerous wave—another friend of mine broke two vertebrae on that rock, and Mick tore the ligaments in his ankle on this same session.”
Despite all of this, Gibson says that the image was worth the trouble. “It’s one of my favorite images to date. I had all my camera settings locked and ready to go, so all I had to do was get myself in the right position on the wave and blast away.”
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Getting the perfect shot 

“I swam out and positioned myself high on the west bowl to get a good perspective of the whole wave—its size and how it draws off the bottom reef,” says photographer Domenic Mosqueira of this image he shot of surfer Nathan Florence riding a wave in the early morning off legendary surf village Teahupoo, on the southwest coast of Tahiti in French Polynesia. “I didn’t want to be too tight and up close, but I wanted to make sure I got the amazing morning light as the sun spilled over the mountains.”

Mosqueira didn’t have many problems on this particular morning—beyond the typical challenges associated with surf photography. “I kept swimming to get in the right place between sets since some waves are bigger than others,” he recalls, noting that surf photographer Daniel Russo, pictured, was also battling the waves to shoot. “Once I was in position, I just hoped all the elements would come together, that the wave was big and clean, that the rider was in the barrel, and the light was good. When all these things come together, it typically makes for a good image.”

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