Nicaragua Day 2 – Jellies!

Good morning from Nicaragua.

Good morning from Nicaragua.

I am stoked to be naturally an early riser and become a photographer.  Getting out there early is key to finding really good light or getting skunked.  I alerted the crew that I was going out and no one got up.  Swimming out in the dark is always just a tad intimidating.  The wind was gone from yesterdays afternoon session and was all glassy.  Since I was out by myself I just focused on shooting empty waves.  Shooting full manual with a flash setup as the sunrises is a constant mission changing the settings.  Not long into the swim I started getting tagged by jellyfish.  Really bad.  I held out until it was too light to shoot flash and then had to swim in about 6am.   Went in to change the camera setup and get a top to hopefully keep from getting stung.  Shot with Chip and Matt for another couple hours.  It was time to go in and eat.  I knew I had to put my water time in the morning as the forecast called for onshore in the afternoon.  Jerry and Samer were watching the whole morning from the restaurant.  They kinda missed the best session for shooting so far but also avoided getting stung.

After eating an acai bowl for breakfast the boys head back out.  I shot from land and we really didn’t get much in the not so ideal conditions.  We all went back to the condo and borrowed the owners truck and headed to the local tiny market to stock up on food and try to avoid the American prices on meals.  The market (1 person shack) nearly had everything we wanted to make food the next few days.  It used to be driving almost 2.5 hours roundtrip to getting food in town but the area continues to grow from tourism.  I got a little nap in before working on my housing to try and get a malfunctioning trigger button to work.

The evening sesh was a little disappointing with the conditions not really improving.  I swam out anyway to try and salvage my time here until dark with the flash but didn’t really get anything.  Not very often can I say that down here.  Atleast there weren’t any more jellyfish!

Back at the crib, Matt and I made a big dinner for the crew in the kitchen, hopefully tomorrow mother nature will come through.

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Sunday

Some fun little sliders this morning in South Central PBC. Judging from the cams there’s still some longboardable ones to be had.

 

Here’s a few from yesterdays windchop session in Deerfield.

Thursday

Little south swell leftovers this morning in Deerfield. There’s a few loggable waves left out there.

Looks like some big windchop for the ESA contest in Deerfield this Saturday. Really glad to see the South Florida ESA back up and running again. For more details go here.

Join us tonight at the Boardroom in Fort Lauderdale for Fourth Dimension.

Here’s a few from Wednesday morning in south central PBC!

Valentine Disco // Surf World Party and Sale Friday Feb 6th 6-9pm

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We will be having a mini Art on the Slide pop up Friday February 6th 6-9pm at Surf World Pompano Beach. Cruise on by and pick up some heartfelt handmade gifts for your sweethearts from local surfers. We will have Slave to the Wave, Surfy Birdy, Frezz Art, Penny Lane LP, Rick Shreds, Chloeo’s Candles and Soaps, Salty Sista and Filibuster set up in the shop vending 6-9pm and also 20% off all clothing, sandals, sunglasses and accessories in the shop all day. Bring your dancing shoes if you would like and disco away we will have music and open bar.

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Day 4: Sending it to end it.

Soul arch.

Soul arch.

It couldnt get much more perfect

It couldn’t get much more perfect

Day 4: Sending it to end it.

Our last day was a morning window to hopefully get the remnants of the swell before we played boats, golf carts, jeeps, planes and cars to get back home.  I swam out in the blue bird conditions with a Canon 24mm prime and full frame Canon 1dx inside an aquatec housing.  Light offshore winds, no clouds and the clearest water of the trip so far.  And…. no one out.  The next 4 hours we waited almost 30 mins between sets, but when they came it was perfect.  By the end my body was shot, starched and dehydrated but my inner camera was smiling.  It was just Matt and Mike while the rest had left early that morning.  After 4 hours of shooting in the water, my legs started to cramp and my core was getting cold.  It was worth it as we came away with some incredible images.  Went in and on my way had to shoot some shore break images in the crystal water.  I ran back to our place and started to quickly pack as fast as I could.  We had to leave in 30 mins for the airport.  No food or water in me yet made concentrating on packing and taking apart the housings was a struggle.  And just like that we were off heading home!  We ran into so many nice people on this trip!  On the way back we met Joanne on the ferry who also offered to drive us to the airport in here island style jeep!  What a nice gesture!  I finally was able to eat a little on the way to the airport and of course the huge rush to get there was greeted by a 2 hour long delay :).  What an awesome trip and thanks to all that support my work and especially Matt Oberman and Mike Bodner (loose nerd) for getting me onboard!  Thanks to the locals for being so generous in sharing there waves!  Here are a few of the B images!  Enjoy!

 

Thanks to my awesome supporters!

www.PacSafe.com  – Providing me with the best travel bags and gear
www.TrustTheBum.com – Sun Bum – Protecting my skin in the sun!
www.SolveSunglasses.com –  Buy one pair of Solve’s and give one person clean water for life!

www.Aquatech.net – Aquatech SLR water housings
www.Watershot.com – Making the best Water Housings for my iPhone!
Cressi dive gear

SlaveToTheWave.com

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Waist high Deerfield

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The winds are backing off and it’s cleaning up but the size is dropping too. Get it before it’s gone.

Waist high with bigger sets Deerfield.

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Few spots around south pbc and north Broward are picking up chest high sets and holding the high tide. Should get better with dropping tide everywhere.

Knee to thigh central PBC

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Offshore winds looks fun for the log.

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