East Coast Freeze
While frigid temperatures kept most of North America indoors last week, some East Coast surfers brought out their thickest wetsuits to ride some polar vortex swell. Its one thing to surf your homebreak when its cold. But its something else entirely to leave a place thats 12 degrees to surf a place where the temp is hovering around zero. Balaram Stacks journey from Long Island to Cape Cod was totally worth it.
This barely looks real. But this is serious reality for surfers in Maine.
Not many Bay State locals around on this day. Eric Anderson was among the only Cape Cod boys to get the goods after Hercules.
Going It Alone
Andrew Gesler would have to fight for three hours for a wave like this at Pipe. In New Jersey, he only had to surf when it was three degrees.
Stand And Shiver
Below freezing, below sea level, Jamie Moran stands tall in New Jersey.
Sea smoke, the phenomenon caused when the air temp drops significantly lower than the water temp, is pretty uncommon. Its even less common during a pumping swell in New Jersey.
Caught On Camera
You cant see it, but Danny Mears has a GoPro in that barrel. Wonder if that keeps his hands warm.
In Maine, cold is a whole other level. Natty Graham angles for the Downeast shoulder.
This is something else. Maine, the way life should be.
Moms say you should never surf alone. Thats a good rule where hypothermia is concerned.
This Jersey spot was stacked to the horizon with peeling lefts. Notice what blizzard conditions will do to a crowd.
Perhaps the best conditions in this whole swell were Cape Cod. Sam Hammer claims it was insane, but he got the worst beatings hes had in a while. Escaping the brutality on a green one.