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How I Got the Shot: Joel Tudor at Blacks Beach

Editor's Note: Our "How I Got the Shot" feature talks with today's leading photographers to get the story behind their most captivating surf photos. This article features surf photographer Jared Weintraub.


Photo: Jared Weintraub


Getting this epic shot of Joel Tudor surfing at Blacks Beach with my water housing was quite the adventure.


All the ingredients were there for an unforgettable session — It was a Santa Ana (east) winds day, negative tide, overhead surf, and high vibes.


I remember the anticipation building as I geared up and made my way into the water, feeling the energy of the offshore winds whipping around me.


With this emerald green wave rolling in, I knew it was the moment I had been waiting for. 

As Joel carved through the waves, his silhouette against the backlighting created a mesmerizing scene.


I had to stay alert, constantly adjusting my position in the water to catch the perfect angle.


Despite the adrenaline pumping through me, there was also a sense of calm as I focused on capturing the beauty of the moment. 


It was a test of both skill and patience, but when I finally got the shot – the one where Joel seemed to defy gravity on the wave – it was all worth it.


This image captured not just the athleticism of surfing, but also the raw power and beauty of nature, making it a truly unforgettable experience.

For more of Jared's surf photography, visit his website.

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