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!

 

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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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Day 4: Sleeping Sharks

Day 4: Sleeping Sharks

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began with an early rise to check the weather conditions and it was a go.  Today we would head south to explore some new areas and also some favorites of mine.  I was joined by rising water photographer Gabrielle who grew on the island and had a great deal of local knowledge that she has shared with me last years trip and now this years.  I head out a sunrise to pick her up and then fuel up the boat.

First stop was one of my favorite spots, that is home to a bed of Sea Fans.  Its in the middle of the Abaco Sea not easy to find unless “you know.”  We jumped in just as the sun rose and first thing Gabrielle spot were 4 large Nurse sharks sleeping on the bottom, in about 6ft of water.  I had never seen 4 and 4 that were all 6ft+.  We approached slowly but before you knew it they were off!  Good start!  We continued to shoot their until it was time to move south where we shot at a giant sand bar that had stingrays swimming throughout in 2-3ft of crystal clear water on white sand.  What a beautiful area to shoot.  After making friends with the rays and fighting a strong current we continued south to a lively reef call Sandy Cay.  The light was pretty high to be shooting but it was so full of life.  The feeling I get when I see all that life in one place from mother nature is hard to describe.  Eagle rays gliding along, a huge school of Jack’s, all kinds of things to see.  Nothing to write home about but, pretty rad.  We explored a few other spot but stayed in the boat, as I save my energy for the most potential.  Stopping for lunch on an island, we were greeted by a dog that joined us.

We continued north where I stopped in Lubbers Cay where my cousin wanted me to check on their cottages.  We then continued to the south of Elbow cay and explored a white sand beach surrounded by coconut palms.  I got a little too close to an upside down jellyfish and paid the price with my lip getting stung.  Playing with fire gets you burnt.

We continued broth looking for mangrove spots but didn’t see anything worthy.  It was about 3:30 and I was beat.  I dropped off Gabrielle on her island and head home to just “lay” down for a bit.  That turned into 2.5 hours and missed shooting the sunset hour in the water.   Oh well, my body needed it.  I woke back up and went back out to shoot during the full moon at night on land for a while until heading back in to call it a day at about 12am.  5am-12am, not bad!

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!

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