Photographer Allen Hughes captured this amazing shot of an unknown surfer, late for his competition, leaping into the waves at Santa Cruz's Steamer Lane. (You can see a larger version here.)

Hughes explained the photo to Metro:

"Everyone else was watching the surfers out at sea but then I noticed this guy running. He was late for his heat. I could tell that he was anxious so I focused my camera on him. Before anyone knew it he ran and jumped off the cliff."

On Facebook, Hughes said it's a nice shot, but was really no big deal:

"[A]nyone who's ever surfed Steamers knows it isn't unusual to see someone jump from this point. He timed it perfectly and landed behind the whitewater and paddled out."