Trent Mitchell is an Australian photographer with a bit of an experimental eye. He pushes his own boundaries when seeking an image he’s conceived in his mind, and once he comes close to capturing it, he keeps diving deeper, breaking new ground, a process, he says, that may take years for a particular image.

Mitchell’s most recent muse is the simple, joyous act of bodysurfing. In this short, Mitchell captures bodysurfer Jack MacRae underwater, sucked along by the power of breaking waves like a dolphin, rarely breaching the surface. It’s a devilishly difficult way to ride waves, but it’s also close to the purest form of waveriding—harnessing the unseen energy below a cresting wave.

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