An inspiring photograph of an unknown surfing soldier
Although it’s something you can see in person on most mornings at Oceanside Harbor, it’s something you wouldn’t normally see in print. It’s not a radical air shot of some pro—it’s a surf image I find infinitely more inspiring: An image of self-sufficiency and hardcore dedication. A visual testament to a surfer who, despite a significant handicap, goes out and rips without help. Who surfs and then, without fanfare, an entourage, or a tailing media crew, shimmies himself back up to his gear, and hobbles back to his car. A photograph of an unknown soldier without a leg who, day after day, leaves his crutches—and his earthbound limitations—at the water’s edge.
Great Lakes photographer Brian Tanis on hunting freshwater waves
“When you're shooting on the Great Lakes and everything comes together, it’s super exciting. And you can truly get some great shots that might even hold their own compared to ocean waves. Regardless of what you come back with, it’s always about the love for chasing waves.”