The Northeast's Endless Winter
From June to November of last year, this stretch of New Jersey coast was packed with beach goers and sweating wannabes. There also was barely a wave over chest high. But being the ultimate Jekyll and Hyde surf spot, it's been going off every week through this frigid winter.
Sam Hammer surfed for the East Coast in Mexico the last time the X Games featured surfing. This winter he's had far more tubes than that trip to Puerto Escondido, of course, the water temp isn't nearly as warm. There's always a price to pay.
Normally, you'd rush to get one or two before the crowd. During this winter in Maine, that won't likely be a problem.
Fisher Heverly would have had to fight the crowd for days at Pipe to get a wave like this. As it was on the Outer Banks, he only had to wrestle with his wetsuit (and sanity).
It's not all black, white, and gray. Sunset in New Jersey can be grand ... then it goes back to black, white, and gray.
Surf, Walk, Repeat
Paddle, surf, drift, walk, repeat. New Jersey's Rob Kelly, Ryan Mack, and Andrew Gesler doing laps.
It's not like you see people flying from Florida or California for these epic swells in the northeast. The only interlopers this year are from way north.
Another Day At The Beach
This photo says it all. Air temp: 29, Water temp: 33, Wind: West at 40 knots. Conditions: Moderate to heavy snow. Almost sounds like a ski report.
Outer Banks, North Carolina
Leave it to tourists to miss out on the most beautiful day of the year at Bodie Island Lighthouse.
"I don't mind the cold. As long as there is surf, it doesn't bother me. I actually prefer it, because like big surf, the cold is crowd control," says Mike Gleason, seen here pulling into New Jersey's version of Backdoor Pipeline.
Maine Surf Check
Yes, people surf in these conditions.
This drop would be far more pleasant if the water didn't look like chocolate milk and Danny Callahan wasn't wearing five millimeters of rubber. But he'd also be wondering if he was dropping in on someone, while having someone drop in on him. Cold water does have its benefits.