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Baby Boomer Surfer Also Heads for the Waves at Del Mar, California (Photoshop Fractalius Treatment) | by Scandblue
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Baby Boomer Surfer Also Heads for the Waves at Del Mar, California (Photoshop Fractalius Treatment)

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A beautiful summer day at one of Southern California's most popular beaches in Del Mar, and I got this shot of an aging Baby Boomer surfer heading for the waves, just like the young surfers. I grew up in San Diego, California and surfing has been such a popular past-time for so many for as long as I can remember. When I was a teenager, surfers were all young, very tanned, and most had hair bleached light by the sun. Now many of those same surfers of yesterday still love to go down to the beach and catch a wave, and they don't care if their hair is now grey.


The original photo is in the comments section below. In this version I used Photoshop filter Fractalius to enhance the original photo.




Surfers represent a diverse culture based on riding the naturally occurring process of ocean waves. Some people practice surfing as a recreational activity while others demonstrate extreme devotion to the sport by making it the central focus of their lives. Within the United States, surfing culture is most dominant in California, Florida and Hawaii. Some historical markers of the culture included the woodie, the station wagon used to carry surfers' boards, as well as boardshorts, the long swim suits typically worn while surfing.


The sport of surfing has become so popular that it now represents a multi-billion dollar industry specially in clothing and fashion markets. Some people make a career out of surfing by receiving corporate sponsorships.


Surfing begins with the surfer eyeing a rideable wave on the horizon and then attempting to match its speed (by paddling or sometimes, by tow-in). Once the wave has started to carry the surfer forward, the surfer quickly jumps to his or her feet and proceeds to ride down the face of the wave, generally staying just ahead of the breaking part (white water) of the wave (in a place often referred to as "the pocket" or "the curl"). A common problem for beginners is not even being able to catch the wave in the first place, and one sign of a good surfer is being able to catch a difficult wave that other surfers cannot.


Surfers' skills are tested not only in their ability to control their board in challenging conditions and/or catch and ride challenging waves, but also by their ability to execute various maneuvers such as turning and carving. Some of the common turns have become recognizable tricks such as the "cutback" (turning back toward the breaking part of the wave), the "floater" (riding on the top of the breaking curl of the wave), and "off the lip" (banking off the top of the wave). A newer addition to surfing has been the progression of the "air" where a surfer is able to propel oneself off the wave and re-enter. Some of these maneuvers are now executed to extreme degrees, as with off-the-lips where a surfer over-rotates his turn and re-enters backward, or airs done in the same fashion, recovering either with re-rotation or continuing the over-rotation to come out with his nose forward again.


"Tube riding" is when a surfer maneuvers into a position where the wave curls over the top of him or her, forming a "tube" (or "barrel"), with the rider inside the hollow cylindrical portion of the wave. This difficult and sometimes dangerous procedure is arguably the most coveted and sought after goal in surfing.


"Hanging Ten" and "Hanging Five" are moves usually specific to longboarding. Hanging Ten refers to having both feet on the front end of the board with all ten of the surfer's toes off the edge, also known as noseriding. Hanging Five is having just one foot near the front, and five toes off the edge. Hanging ten was first made famous by James (rip) Carman from the early Californian surfing beaches. (Source: Wikipedia)




Del Mar is a city in San Diego County, California, United States. The population was 4,389 at the 2000 census. The San Diego County Fair is hosted on the Del Mar Fairgrounds every summer. Del Mar is Spanish for "of the sea" or "by the sea", because it is located near the Pacific Ocean. Del Mar is heard in the Beach Boys hit, "Surfin USA". One of Del Mar's Main Streets (adjacent to the racetrack) is officially called Jimmy Durante Boulevard, in honor of the comedy legend who frequented the world-famous racetrack on the San Diego County Fairgrounds.

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Taken on April 3, 2009