The patterns of the breaking waves are infinitely variable.

 

A snapshot freezes the falling edge of the wave in a curtain of sea foam.

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As the tide comes in, the backwash from waves breaking near the beach mingles with the foam from those breaking further out.

 

Sometimes the smooth, rolled surface holds until the last moment as the wave hits the beach.

The receding water hisses and rattles pebbles down the beach as the breaking waves crash in a cascade of falling drops.