I love this moment just milliseconds before the wave's lip touches the flat ocean surface. When photographing wave curls, I'm neither surfing, nor swimming. It's actually a bit difficult to describe what I'm doing - I'm kind-of standing waist-deep, then as the wave approaches, I shoot (with my camera in a water housing) a burst of shots while getting slammed in the face by 10 tons of water at 30 miles per hour, then dragged across the beach by my nostrils for 20 feet....then pick myself up and do it 300 more times in a morning. And I love every minute of it! Capturing the ocean's raw, pure energy as it crashes down is a complete obsession for me, and while more painful than my other forms of water photography, I live for any opportunity to do it again!

- Chris Gug