Skim boarding at Seal Beach

Nothing says Southern California like skim boarding. Now a global sport, skim boarding has its roots in Laguna Beach, where lifeguards in the 1920s used to skim along the beaches on pieces of wood. 

Last month, photographer Patrick Walsh set out to explore the Southern California coast to observe natural reserves and wave riders from Orange County to Los Angeles. He spotted the skim boarder at the start of his trip in Seal Beach and quickly posted himself at the edge of the pier to catch the boarder at the crest of the wave.

"I like the perspective and it has strong California vibes," Walsh said. "You can see the path carved out by the board as the man glided in from land to catch the breaking wave."

Walsh made the image using a Samsung Galaxy S3 on Oct 12.

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