foamy water

Photograph by @paulnicklen while on assignment for @natgeo in Hawaii. @cristinamittermeier dives under a large crashing wave in #Makaha, Oahu, Hawaii. #BrianKeaulana, @zaknoyle, @haakeaulana and everyone on #Oahu took us under their wings and showed us the way of the Hawaiians. We were debutants and we found ourselves in situations that we would never have thought possible prior to their guidance. Brian was teaching us about three and four wave hold downs just prior to this big surf day. We were taught to stay near the bottom, avoiding the foamy white water until we could see solid water before swimming to the surface. Follow @paulnicklen and @cristinamittermeier to see more images from our work in Hawaii. I am very lucky that I get to work with my partner in life, work and play as she has my back like none other. Stay tuned for an image where she is gently pointing to tell me that a huge tiger shark is approaching me from behind. #gratitude #hawaii #freediving #surf #surfing #gratitude #aloha #bestgirlfriendever @olukai @seacam #ilovemyjob by natgeo