What kind of emotions does the sea or ocean make you feel?

Manhattan Beach Pier at dusk

This is a response to the weekly photo challenge

This week’s challenge asks what type of emotion the ocean evokes in me.  The answer is “every emotion.”  When surfing, the ocean is a place of excitement, thrill, adrenaline etc.  When I’m body surfing or swimming, it’s a place of relaxation.  When snorkeling or diving, it’s a place of wonder and discovery.

I’ve had scary moments, sad moments and wonderful moments in the ocean.  The beach and ocean have always been a part of my life.  My parents have taking me to the beach since before I could walk.  As a kid, I spent daylight hour of summer on the beach for junior lifeguards.

Now that I live in Santa Barbara and have a full-time job, I don’t get to the beach as often as I would like to, but I try to surf as often as possible.

I hope you enjoy my photos!

Photos of the sea

Manhattan Beach Pier at duskMy hometown, Manhattan Beach, where I spent many days at the Beach as a kid

Balangan Beach Lagoon BaliMy girlfriend Brynne in a lagoon during our trip to Bali

Vista de olas mal pais costa ricaMal Pais, Costa Rica.  From a trip I took in April 2012

Standup paddleboarder sunsetStandup paddler in Manhattan Beach

Ventura Overhead Surfing in JanuaryA Surfer at Ventura Overhead in Ventura, California

Rock n Reef Bali BukitA surf spot on the Bukit Peninsula in Bali called “Impossibles”

Montecito Beach Santa BarbaraThe view from my office in Montecito, looking toward Santa Barbara Harbor

Mal Pais Beach Hammock Costa RicaA hammock on the beach in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Lovers beach Cabo MexicoLover’s Beach in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico during a trip I took on the 4th of July

Leadbetter Point sunset Santa BarbaraThe view of Leadbetter Point at sunset from my friend’s apartment

Leadbetter PointAnother view of Leadbetter Point in Santa Barbara

Dreamland Beach BaliThe aptly named Dreamland Beach in Bali

Big Sure coastline fog CaliforniaBig Sur Coastline in California

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