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!
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Wonderful Machine wrote a nice post about my First Light series with all of the images from the past 7 years.
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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.
Because today is International Surf Day, here are two new pictures of surfing in Rhode Island. Hope the waves lined up wherever you are! -Jason
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.