This photo is of Brad Tunis, shot on December 4th, 2009, in Hammond, Indiana. I had brought my camera to the beach as I always do, hoping to get some good photos in- between my surf session but never expected something like this. I typically don't plan on what my pictures will look like unless I'm on an assignment or setting something up for fun. I like to capture the moment as it happens as best as I can.
We're used to getting ice on our wetsuit or face in the winter while surfing Lake Michigan, but I'd never seen anyone as covered as Brad was. This was after a few hours of surfing small, glassy, waist to chest high waves and Brad had come in to get warm. i think i actually shot this photo from my hip right after he had climbed out over the shelf ice, as we were all amazed at the icicles hanging off his beard. Being the happy and joyful person that Brad is, he was still able to sport a smile from ear to ear despite his frosty face.
Everyone is usually amazed by his appearance in the photo but the best reactions I ever got were from some of the locals in Ecuador last year, they couldn't resist calling us “loco”!
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