It is that time of year when it has become consistently cold in New York City. Even though it is supposed to make its way back into the 60s this weekend, I’m seriously craving beach weather. The fact that I have started my year-end back up of my images files is not helping. Last night, I came across the folder from July of this year. During that month, I spent some time in Huntington Beach shooting the US Open of Surfing. I never really posted these outside of my tumblr feed. Here are a few of my faves. I’m so ready to go back… Like right now.
I remember messing around in wave pools at water parks as a kid, imagining how cool it would be if they could make a wave pool large enough and powerful enough to surf in. Since then, I have read about several such pools. But this one in northern Spain, built by Wavegarden, is blowing my mind. Here is the description of the lagoon in Spain, from their website:
Wavegarden, industry leader in the design and manufacture of wave generation systems, has built a full-sized demo center in Northern Spain. This first of its kind facility will be used strictly for fine-tuning, testing and as a showroom and is not open to the public.
Located at Wavegarden’s research and development site, the new surfing lagoon generates perfectly formed tubing waves that peel for more than 220 m without losing power or shape. It is the longest artificial surfing wave in existence, and the wave quality, shape, and speed, are suitable for the highest levels of performance surfing.
Here is a video of the wave machine in action–
Yeah, this one is coming in a little bit late (for a monday). But, hey I flew in on a redeye, have spent several hours sifting through 1000’s of frames and still managed to eat, take a nap and do laundry. So the untimeliness of this post has nothing to do with laziness. Or reverse that. Or whatever. Anyway, I had a fantastic time in CA. Another huge thanks to Converse. It didn’t even really feel like work. I was able to hang out with some of my pre-existing friends, and make several new ones. There was quite literally never a dull moment (except for when I was asleep [which was not very many moments]).
In addition to the surfing, there was plenty of skateboarding to be seen. Converse built a huge bowl on the beach. I had a blast all week watching the likes of Pedro Barros (above) hucking themselves around the bowl and into the air. Here are a few more pics from the weekend–
Above: Pupo. Below: Slater in the Men’s quarters.
Above: Lance Mountain, huge frontside indy. Below: Omar Hassan, air to fakie.
Below: Slater performing his traditional pre-surfing ritual.
One dope thing about shooting events like FW and action sports, is all of the people that you meet. I linked up with a really cool gent by the name of Tim Schenck the first day of shooting the NY Quikpro. After I had to leave off of the event to cover Fashion Week, Tim stuck around at Long Beach and grabbed this fantastic set of king Slater. Tim is actually the one who snapped this shot of me and Slater the first weekend of the pro.
Check out more of Tim’s photos from the Quikpro on his blog.
My first few surf sessions that I ever had were at night. Night surfing is like a different world. I remember paddling out in Waikiki as a youngster, watching the reflection of the moon on the incoming sets. I would have killed to have a board like this. I’m not sure which idea I think is cooler. LED bike rims, or this surfboard. I guess I’ll take one of each, please. Check out the video below.
I almost didn’t even go out to the comp today, since it was so overcast when I finished my run in the morning. The sun came out soon afterwards, and I got an email from one of my photog friends who said that the conditions were ok. By the time that I arrived in LB, the weather was great, but it was almost high tide, and the waves were kind of crap. I hung out in the press pavilion the whole time and almost didn’t bother getting the camera out. But then I decided that I should probably get a couple of atmosphere shots, at least.
I’m headed out there early tomorrow, hopefully the conditions will be a bit better, since low tide is at like 8 AM or something. I have had worse Labor Day weekends. At least I was able to work on my tan a little bit. Part of me secretly wishes that I could just skip out on fashion week altogether and just shoot surfing all week.
I have always wanted a paddle board. My very first surfboard probably could have doubled as paddle board, since it was almost 12′ long. It was just lacking the thickness to have the requisite buoyancy. When I was learning how to surf, I used to watch the old guys out at Waikiki Beach use a canoe paddle to paddle out through the ankle slappers, while standing up. I always wondered what it would be like. But I never actually spent any time on a board that was designed for paddling. Lately I have noticed the sport becoming wildly popular in NYC. There is an organized paddle every year from the downtown boathouse, out and around the Statue of Liberty. Laird Hamilton comes out for that one. Last Friday when I was leaving work, I saw a dude strapping a 13′ paddle board onto the top of his Mini Cooper, parked on West St., just north of Battery Park. I wish that I would has snapped a photo of that one.
Anyway, check out these super styley new paddle boards by James Perse. I like pretty much all of the different colorways. I would seriously love to pick one up. If only I had somewhere to store it *sigh*. Hopefully some day.