Grip the sand, they remind themselves. Go low, stay low. Their faces spontaneously contort, their muscles tightening in reaction to the saltwater and the struggle for power in the ocean. They surface when the surge has passed. Then breathe.
They don't know that a camera has captured it all; from straining arms clawing at sand to eyes squeezed tightly shut against the bite of salt. Mark Tipple, 29, holds the 11-pound camera as steady as possible in the melting foam and makes his way to the shore. "Surf photography's been around forever, I wanted something different."
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