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PHOTOS: Capturing Waves And Local Surf Culture On Hatteras Island

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A surfer carries a board at sunrise at Old Lighthouse Beach.

Since she was a child, Jenni Koontz has taken an interest in photography.

“I always used film cameras until my freshman year of college,” said Koontz, 32, who lives on Hatteras Island in Avon, North Carolina with her daughter Emma Sage.

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Koontz graduated with a psychology degree and went back to school for digital photography. After photographing her daughter and getting feedback on the images, she realized photography was her passion.

“Lighting is everything and if you can read any lighting situation, you can use the light to create any image you can think of,” she said.

Now, Koontz loves to photograph the local surf culture on the Island, as well as surfers defying gravity and the waves without surfers.

“The ocean is also forever changing," she said. "It is really neat to document the evolution of the sandbars and the different swell's that come to the island."

Note: This is the sixth installment in an occasional series profiling North Carolina photographers.

ocean waves near Avon, MN
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Ocean waves crash against the shore after a storm in Avon, NC.

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A photo of a first jetty firing near Avon, NC.

a surfer at a jetty during a hurricane swell
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Surfer Pat O'Neal at the first jetty during a Hurricane Hermine swell.

a surfer rides a wave during a Hurricane Hermine swell
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Local Buxton, NC surfer Brett Barley emerges from a wave during the Hurricane Hermine swell.

An angler stands at Old Lighthouse Beach in Buxton after Hurricane Matthew.
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An angler stands at Old Lighthouse Beach in Buxton after Hurricane Matthew.

Frisco Pier
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Remnants of the Frisco Pier, which was damaged during Hurricane Earl in 2010.

a young man rides a wave
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Surfer Wolfgang Blackwood rides a wave during a Hurricane Hermine swell.

two sirfers hug each other near a jetty
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Local Buxton residents and surfers Rusell Blackwood with his son Wolfgang Blackwood hug each other near the first jetty. Russel Blackwood is local legend in Hatteras Island.

a purple sunset Frisco Pier
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The sky turns purple during a sunset near the remnants of the Frisco Pier.

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