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Hopefuls

A few days ago I was out for a swim at my favorite swim beach with my girlfriend. The sky was grey, windy, pretty cold and it was threatening to rain. Aside from the two lifeguards obligated to stay until the first raindrops, we were the only ones there… or so we thought.

Enter Ainsley, steamrolling through the water in full butterfly stroke straight toward us carving through the significant chop like butter.After wiping looks of awe off of our faces we found her mom and introduced ourselves. We would meet the next morning to capture some images of this determined athlete at the same beach.

Ainsley was training for state competitions back in Colorado while here on summer break with her family. Her youth, just 12 years old, mixed with her natural born athleticism were so inspiring. As I prep for the Olympics and get ready to head to Rio, it is this hopeful, determined and optimistic energy I look forward to most.

Ainsley, maybe we’ll see you at the next one… I don’t doubt that we will!

Click through the gallery above to view more images and be sure to follow me on instagram during the RIO Olympics. @afrotographer

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International Yacht Restoration School unveils their new website

The International Yacht Restoration School in Newport, RI is known as the premier wooden boat building school in the country. It has a huge following and a long waiting list for admission. They recently added Marine Systems and Composites programs and needed new images to showcase these new programs and continue to capitalize on their heritage. IYRS contacted me to shoot these images and here are a few. Working with IYRS was a unique and wonderful experience because of the amazing creations that they craft and creative freedom they allowed me. You can see how IYRS has used the images on their website here. http://www.iyrs.edu and read about their experience on their blog here IYRS Blog Please take a look at my website as well for more IYRS images here. www.jasonevansimagery.com

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Surf Fest IV in Newport, RI

The Water Brothers Surf Fest in Newport, RI was never a small, but Sid and Danielle Abruzzi raised the bar for this fourth version of the event.

The annual event included a half pipe and several hundred vintage surf boards all contained within Fort Adams, the same venue which houses the Folk and Jazz Festivals. Neil of Tora surfboards put on a shaping demonstration and awards were given to the owners of the best boards. Special guests included Tony Alva, Peter Townend, and Mike Tabeling.

Here are some pictures from the event.  Well done Sid!  We’re all looking forward to doing it again next year.

 

 

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Reason to love New England #147

 

Don’t ask me what the other 146 reasons are.  They constantly change… but there are too many to list.

Today’s reason is that while most people were just getting up and starting to shovel their cars out after Hercules dumped snow on us, a few souls braved the negative wind chills to find solitary surf.  Snow covered cars, unplowed roads, single digit temps, 20mph winds, frozen salt water covering the rocks – it didn’t matter.  The call to surf is strong.

Here’s to winter surfing!

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Pond Hockey 2013

There are special places and special times in all winter places where conditions align for hockey to return to it’s roots on a frozen lake, pond, or large puddle in a friend’s backyard. One such place is in Newport, RI.  Maintained and shared by a local family for generations, this pond draws hockey players, skaters of all ages, family members that just want to sit by the fire, and even two young girls experiencing their first winter

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