in hand (more like a 100-300mm on my crop-factor camera), I went and sat out in some wonderful weather. If there wasn't any wind and wind chill, it might have just been perfect. Sun, waves, water, local activity, it was quite a good way to spend the weekend.
The spot of choice was definitely Ruggles, at least from what I could tell. The waves were breaking further north than usual, where on a typical day they break a little further south on the point. It was really quite windy, about 25 knot winds with some hefty gusts, but Ruggles was pretty protected from the west winds by land and it made for some nice big waves without some of the chop that I saw at other spots like Narragansett Beach and 2nd Beach in Newport. Although there seemed to be more activity at 2nd Beach, and supposedly activity at Monahan's Dock (although I didn't really stop in and check there), the swell really seemed to be at Ruggles, especially on Saturday.
Although the surfing activity was pretty low key, I still had a good time just watching some of the surf. The few people that did put on their wetsuits and brave the winds didn't seem too active, or perhaps I was just watching after everyone had tired themselves out. Either way, I have more pictures of spectacular waves crashing than of people surfing, but I hope you still enjoy the shots!
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So the past week there were some forecasts predicting big swell and surf, but as the week went on it turned into smaller surf and more winds. I went out a couple days in a row to check it out anyway and to see if any local surfers would be trying their luck. With my Nikon
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I had been eagerly awaiting this winter season. Here in New England, the winter months can be rather frigid, but for those of us who don’t mind the exhaustive work of climbing into 6 mil wetsuits or ice-cream-headache cold waters, it’s the eagerly anticipated winter months that bring the biggest swells. We had snow before the New Year and water temps quickly started approaching 40°F. But in typical fashion, as soon as the long awaited winter months arrived, I was craving a break from the cold gray in favor of a warm water reprieve.
I've been wanting to shoot more portraits lately, but in combination with the surf community that I've been so involved with the past year. My good friend, Kevin Tanner, behind Soudnings Surf Co creates some gorgeous handcrafted boards. He does all his own shaping, resin work, and glassing, and I wanted to photograph some beautiful boards to highlight his craftsmanship as well as portraits of my friends who ride them. I decided to do board portraits.
A lot of us enjoy the warm weather, but a select few of us still enjoy (or perhaps tolerate) the cold weather. And nothing quite says winter like a fresh snowfall! On the rare occasion Rhode Island experiences more than one inch of snow while there's swell in the water, you can find a select few of dedicated riders on the shore eager to have a snow session.