Photo: Seth Migdail

Seth Migdail, Ocean Beach, Surf, Surfwanderer, Epic, Barrel

This diptych shows why Ocean Beach is a world class wave, sometimes.When the ASP came to town, it didn’t disappoint, offering up some of the best conditions OB had to offer.  Days like that and the one in the photos are the reason why the local surfers endure such harsh conditions the rest of the time. Typically, it’s cold, windy, choppy and by no means photogenic in the conventional sense. The rawness is the beauty that is Ocean Beach. No swaying palm trees and no bikini clap sunbathers; only the vast open ocean and an occasional tanker. That’s why I love shooting there so much, it’s always a challenge.

This day, and the better part of a week last December, conditions where big, clean and consistant up and down the beach. From middle beach, you could look down to Sloat and up the Kelly’s Cove and see all the bars breaking; the perfect strategic spot to formulate a plan of where you wanted to surf. The two guys is the photo where among the many who stopped there while I was shooting, catching a quick glimpse of a set wave and then scurrying off to suit up.  Marty Magnusen however almost always hit the beach ready to surf, already suited and amped to get in the water. Here he is setting up for one of many perfect barrels from that day.

Just a quick introduction to one of my favorite surf spots to shoot. More to come…


Camera Gear
Canon EOS 7D

Camera Lens
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Photo taken at 400mm

Camera Settings
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F-stop: f/4.5                                                     F-stop: f/4
Shutter Speed: 1/1000                                    Shutter Speed: 1/1000
ISO: 100                                                          ISO: 100
Aperture Priority mode                                    Aperture Priority mode

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