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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Day 3: It all pays off

 

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Matt Oberman

Matt Oberman

Day 3: It all pays off

5:30 comes much earlier than my body would have liked but the light is calling my cameras.  The offshore winds are still cranking which is worrisome in depleting the waves too much.  Luckily upon checking it I learned the swell was still here along with a slight chill from a cold front.  I ran around in shooting some sunrise shots until i made it to the break to check the conditions.  It was firing.  Ran back and woke up the crew to get on it.  I shot from land for about an hour before deciding it was time to hit the water as conditions were too good to not swim.  I swam out through the deep channel  and made it to the break within 15mins.  The current and rips were nowhere to be found thankfully.  I shot fisheye for 3 hours before heading in to refuel and rest for about an hour.  On my way in I was greeted with freshly made banana bread French toast before even drying off!  Wow, talk about awesome neighbors!  We headed back out to shoot again for another hour or two of eating, changing batteries and cards….. scoring a few more.  Barrels were plenty in the rich blue water.

Almost going out for a third session before realizing my body was too beat and the waves weren’t as good, so I stayed on land to shoot a few more.  With the clouds coming in and out all day it was tough to time it with the waves being surfed and my positioning needing to be perfect.  The sun went down and I started going through nearly 1500 images from the day (after deleting all the duds).  Getting the images out to pubs in time is key so I edited for the next couple hours from the past two days.  We hung out at Mike’s again with his wife and checked out the days images!  As I write this they are all at dinner while I get the images out.  Life of the photographer on a surf trip.

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Day 2: Boards arrive and the strike mission gets into full gear.

Mike on an inside one and one of my favorite shots of the day!

Mike on an inside one and one of my favorite shots of the day!

We awake 5am on Tues morning to the grumble of mother nature pounding the shores outside.  A good feeling of anticipation on a surf trip, especially when you gamble on all the elements coming together.  As we scour the area to find the best breaking spot on bikes I am always trying to find the light.  The first 30 mins of sunrise is key to getting some amazing light especially when you have rare surf conditions.  The spot was decided and then I had to find where to shoot.  It was 6-8ft with a massive amount of water moving, which made the decision to not swim a hard but easy one.  Until I see the guys getting a lot of good waves in one spot I usually won’t swim especially if it looks like they are struggling to get into position.  The swell hit and was maxing out in many areas.  The rest of the crew was still waiting for the board to arrive while our crew had one boardbag to split up and use.  I shot from land most of the day until the afternoon squalls starting hitting with rain and hard offshore winds.  The rest of the crew arrived about 10:30am with our boards as well and session two was well on the way.  A great couple adopted the 4 photographers to let us shoot on their roof!  Yes, 2 still shooters and 2 filmers.  Full on paparazzi for this trip.  There were a few barrels scored and a bunch of wipe outs trying.  Almost swam the third session before Evan came in saying the paddle was as bad as Sandy.  So, no thank you!  We ended up heading to town to eat with the awesome couple and hung out with a few locals into the the early evening.  Hopefully more of the same tomorrow with the conditions taming a bit.

Thanks to my awesome supporters!

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www.Aquatech.net – Aquatech SLR water housings
www.Watershot.com – Making the best Water Housings for my iPhone!
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Chasing the swell with no surfboards…

As we arrive at our destination the anticipation builds as we all know the forecast is holding strong, especially when its starting to build back home in South Florida on Monday morning.  We get there and the airline says they couldn’t send the boards.  3 board bags sit in West Palm Beach and are not coming for 24 hours.  Its not a good feeling when your chasing a two day swell.  On our way out we flew over Reef Road and saw the conditions looking better and better.  Matt borrowed a board where we finally arrived while the rest waited back near the airport for the bags  until the morning.  He pulled into a little one on an NSP broken beater just as the sun set to shake off the bad vibes.  Just after making mac and cheese in a microwave with a coffee maker pitcher….. Mike joined us and had his two boards.  Our crew now had boards for the morning when the swell is suppose to pulse.  I still had no fins, since they were in the boardbag stuck in West Palm Beach.  The place we are staying hooked me up with some snorkel fins, which should make the morning swim interesting in 6-8ft barrels.

Winter swell hunting in the Carribbean

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Life is all about jumping on a plane and traveling last minute. This week a swell is headed to the East coast and I am off to see if a gamble pays off where is will hit the best.

Follow me this week as we explore!

 

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

See more of my work: 
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