Just a couple of shots to show the set-up first. Of course, I want to be as close to the wave action as safe. So, I generally keep pretty close track of where the tide is and I watch the waves closely. I still find that sometimes some "sneakers" can surprise. So, just to be sure, I often take the time to secure my tripod with a rope prior to mounting my camera. I have never needed the rope, but as you'll see in the next photo, the tripod can be in some fairly precarious positions.