mainland mexico. 2006. this image was made for the book i am currently working on, again, entitled “south”. i had been roaming the oaxacan coastline, surfing, shooting, and sunburning, and was waiting for a big swell to fill in. well, it finally did materialize and i knew just where to go to get the image that i wanted. i still shoot all of my b/w imagery on film, and this was no exception. i shot 1 1/2 rolls of film before i felt comfortable that i may have gotten just the right image. after reviewing the film upon return, i had 1 that was just what i was looking for. when the surf gets big, it creates these radical rips that run up and down the beach, often directly into each other, creating an explosion of whitewater straight up. this is one of those occasions and is not to be reckoned with. it’s big! makes you think twice about paddling out sometimes. not for the weak knees!