I took this photo in Nags Head during a big swell last fall. The waves were washing way up the beach, and this lone surfer was waiting for a break between sets to start out. I took many photos of waves, and surfers on the waves that day, but this proved to be my favorite image. From a composition standpoint, I like the the contrast of the vertical surfer in silhouette against the strong horizontal lines of the wave wash. And I also like the warm color of the sand against the cool silver grays and blues of the water. But the real appeal is his calm wait on the beach before the coming paddle into the pounding waves, and the promise of catching a big one.
I hope you enjoy it,