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!
Tuesday was colder and the surf smaller than the previous few days. The sky and light were amazing, though, and I had to pull over to take a picture on my way to check the surf. The only place I could find was a cemetery. Respect to the McIntyres…
We held court on the wall trying to decide whether to surf or not. Then Katie showed up, put on this hat, and the decision was made. Got to surf when friends come home.
After a few hours of surf and catching up with everyone, it was time to take pictures. What a sky!
Greg and Cheyne called in sick and stayed in the water all day. Here they are discussing hydrodynamics and fin selection.
Then one of the rare sets came through and they got back to surfing.
Greg doesn’t surf so much as walk on water…
Greg spotted an outside set and had to warn me before a wave destroyed my camera. See the concern in his face.
After saving my camera and the day, Greg went out to catch one of these monster waves for himself.
Pete showed up to watch and the coolness factor went through the roof. Check out that helmet.
Pete knew someone out in the water and blew his cool. “Hi! Hey I know that guy!”
Thankfully, Pete composed himself quickly and coolness was restored. Click on this link for more images.
Small Day of Surf in RI.
Check out the latest Providence Phoenix!
It has a great article about RI surf culture. I’m mentioned in it along with some of the legends of RI surfing. Pictures from my Surf Island show at the Newport Art Museum accompany the article and there is also a separate photo gallery of the images here.
For those of you who didn’t know we have good surf in Rhode Island, well we do. Here’s a video of some of the best over the last year. I hope it brings inspiration to Irene for a visit later this week.