This weekend was huge in Laguna, but also very sloppy. Wind played a major factor in blowing everything out and almost ruining a perfect swell. Still, Laguna Beach came alive and surfers found windows to go out and get a clean wave or two. Monday night the wind finally calmed down and the swell was able to produce some pretty awesome waves. Here's the story of the weekend...
I spent another morning wandering around salt creek, finding new interesting things there. Also shot some surf with Zach Williams and Chippa Wilson. It was another one of those mornings where I am reminded how blessed I am to be in a location like Laguna Beach. Each day I wake up and shoot its another blessing.
I surfed later in the day at Uppers with Brandon Phillips. We had a pretty amazing time out there. Awesome waves, few people, and some cool Brazilianbro's to hang out with. Now for today its back to the search for waves, so I gotta go.
Oh Yah... how is the slide show working out? Its way easier than uploading and arranging... So I thought I would ask for some feed back.
Southern California The swell lags about a day behind the other regions further south before it moves into SoCal. Right now it looks like long-period energy will fill into the background on Friday (May 21) and then the swell will build overnight, peaking through Saturday, holding into early Sunday before backing down through the early part of next week. It will also be a bit smaller up here…with the average exposed spots running shoulder-high to overhead on most sets and a few bigger waves hitting on the lower tides. The standout SW facing spots, mostly through Orange County and San Diego, will have consistent head high and overhead+ surf with some sets going a few feet overhead on those same low-tides. NOTE: It doesn’t look like winds are going to be all that great this weekend (stupid wind!) so don’t expect perfect clean conditions in our region…hopefully this is just the weather model being a spaz, and actual winds/conditions will be much cleaner. -TW
Loving the weekends in Laguna. We had a decent swell this last weekend here and it turned out to be a great Saturday to shoot. A lot of Laguna locals and a few extra peeps all enjoyed this Brooks St swell.
This rarely happens, but tonight I got super pissed off at a guy. I've never had someone treat me like an idiot before, but this guy did. To say the least I didn't let him get away with it for long. I stepped in and said what I thought about him treating me like an idiot. I don't know... No one has ever made me that mad before. Looking back at the argument I do realize that things should have been handled a lot better on both of our behalves, I guess that is always the case with situations like this though. Anyways, I feel bad about things said, I dislike conflict in any manner. Bums me out that I was half of the conflict.
On a much better note. I had a pretty good day. So sore and so tired from surfing. Its a great work out. Even better than that its a peaceful activity. Though my body aches, I feel really refreshed at the same time.
Here's part of today in permanent memory form.
Dane Zarinelli. Mini in the canyons.
Gettin to the top of the hill.
Going down it.
Summer time, and all the wonderful things that come with it.
Wish I would have had my skate... :( but its in Portland??? haha.
This last week was one of the funnest weeks of my life. I spent days and days on the beach shooting photos, setting up for Surf Rides Pro-Am Freedom Surf Comp, just the best of times...
On top of that the swell last week was 6ft plus almost every day. Some places were pushing 10-12ft. Add the Nike 6.0 Lowers Pro comp to that and you have amazing surf and surfing. Its been a ong week of learning and progression. I'm trying to dial in my photography and feel out my style to its highest potential. I feel like I've taken leaps in the past few days... that or i'm just shooting way more than ever before. Maybe a 'lil of both.
Were supossed to get a nice swell later this week, possibly starting tomorrow. So look for more images! and thanks for reading.
Chris Williams and his son Zach. Final pointers before the heat.
Neighbors, friends, competition. Adam Mejia and Zach Williams Preparing.
Some kids get ready for their futbol, football, baseball games... Some get ready to paddle out into rough seas against the ocean, and then dance on the waves. There is a greater understanding and inspiration here.
From the 6.0 Lowers Pro. The best surfing I have ever seen. This is a sequence from after the days heats. People stacked the line up, fought hard for their waves, and then gave it their best on the wave. With the amount of media on the beach and the level of riders in the water everything about last week was perfect. It was the best experience I could have ever asked for.
Adam and Chance. Kids finding waves. The surf last week was fairly large! Its cool to see how the tide and swell changes where it is breaking, how it is breaking, and how big it will be. I have never really shot at Brook St before, but this last week the swell was pretty good for it. I look forward to shooting 2nd reef when that breaks on a large summer south swell! Here are a few pics from an awesome night in Laguna. I don't know all the surfers that were out that night... but here is what they do.