Inside the Wave, Makena Beach, Maui

A male surfer catching a wave in Hawaii
Quincy Dein, Maui, Hawaii, USA

“While the shore-break at Makena Beach is notoriously dangerous and powerful, it also makes for some amazing images. On this particular morning I convinced my brother, Forrest, to ride a couple of waves on his boogie board just as the sun came over the crest of Haleakala. Shooting barreling shore-break can be dangerous for both a photographer and his camera, but as this particular wave came in and jacked up on the sand bar, I knew it was going to be something special. I was really thrilled with how this image turned out!” -- Nature's Best photographer, Quincy Dein

See a slideshow of other photos from the 2011 Nature's Best Photography Ocean Views Contest.