In February, 2012, as part of my sabbatical, I took a research trip to California for my book. I flew into LA, and then immediately drove north, ending up in Ventura. I got up the next morning and explored the town a bit, and wanted to see the ocean. I saw a bunch of surfers and got out my then-new telephoto and snapped this shot. More photos and a write up of that part of my trip here.
Note: This is the next in a series I'm doing on my photos with a crowdsourced ranking. You can see all 20 of the photos here.