I used to carry a Pentax Optio W60 whenever I explored the surf zone. I loved that camera, and I shared plenty of favorite photos in my early TOS posts. Here’s one I like from January 20, 2012.
Shortly after, I tried some surfperch shots.
It didn’t take long for a wave with a sneaky run up to give my camera a salty dowsing, ending the shoot.
I don’t hold a grudge against myself or the wave that did my camera in. Rather, I accept that all gear taken into the field is expendable. Still, getting hit by that wave had a psychic impact. I’m not sure if it was the death of my Optio or the embarrassment of letting a wave sneak up on me. I’ll never know, but the photo below is the last I took with that camera.