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storm gallery: August 22, 2009

August 22, 2009: Hurricane Bill took pity on Florida and swept on by, but it delivered a boon to surfers in the form of big waves. Here are some shots on a beautiful beach day at the south end of Patrick Air Force Base (Satellite Beach). Share

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Surfers wait for waves at Patrick Air Force Base (Satellite Beach, Florida). Waves generated by Hurricane Bill lured many surfers to the coast. Surfer and his shadow.
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Surfer-eating wave. Screeching to a halt. The dismount...
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...and the feet. Whipped cream and emerald frenzy. Crash and splash.
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Gotta love the curl. Leaning into it. Chased by spray.
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Making it look easy. Defying gravity. In the tube!
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The arc. Surfer and pelican. Living for the glide.
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A surfer battles the waves as he swims out. A pelican cruises above the waves. Surfer and spray.
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Not everyone was surfing. A broad look at the sky and beach. A beautiful wave.
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Getting there... Perfect balance. Surfers battle waves and rocks to get to the zone.
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Taking off. Spray! Coming back in.
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Facing the water. Quiet flight. In the fray.
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Yes, that's a head on the far right. Take that, ocean. Walking on water.
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Hop! Making the approach... Hello, sky.
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Airborne! Now you see him ... ... now you don't!
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Curl and foam. Grouchy bird. The mouth begins to close.
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I love the texture in this photo. Wall of water. The escape.
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The wall comes down. Churn. Surfers await the next set.

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