Finally! What a release.
After a long, flat, ordinary summer and a dismal hurricane season (so far?), we’ve received a welcomed autumn swell. The small Easterly swell direction and funky tide made for wobbly and sometimes walled out conditions in many of our favorite spots. Alternatively, it lit up some not-so-frequented spots along the coast that accept the E swell exclusively. Regardless, I spent most of the morning Tuesday doing the run around bullshit. The ‘is it better over there?’ complex.
I face this conflict all the time when we go skiing. I ski at Bolton enough to know what spots will be poached first and which spots don’t see much traffic. The conflict often arises on powder days, evaluating the risk/reward for going to spot A on first chair vs. spot B or C? The classic maneuver is leaving your super secret stash for later in the day because you’re confident no one’s going to poach it. It’s more practical to ski out the more popular and usually better/steeper/deeper terrain until it’s tracked out.
Short but semi-relative tangent – My brother used to tell me that when he arrived in Bozeman, MT in 2007 and got his first season pass to Bridger, The Ridge terrain was preserved until the afternoon. Skiers wouldn’t hike The Ridge from first chair, primarily because everyone was under the ‘code’ that inbounds terrain was first to get tracked out and when it’s done, then everyone can pillage the ridge. This was well before the Slushman’s backcountry access lift was put in.
You’d think that a new lift put in place to turn previously out of bounds terrain into new resort sidecountry might help to spread skiers out but instead it seemed to just add more chaos, and with the chaos came the cave-in and relinquishment of the ‘code’. It’s difficult to draw a parallel here and I guess there’s really no way to compare the two sports in this manner.
…..BUT if there ever was a similar code in surfing, the last bit of the foundation caved in when the first stand up paddled into a wave.
Crowds aside, most of the time these small one day swell windows make for crunch time decisions on the high tide. My solution is simple, and probably common:
Follow the speed limit and scope every friggin spot in question.
At the least get some recon from a friend. As annoying and unnecessary as it may sound, I can relax knowing I made the best possible decision. Additionally, for as long as I can remember I haven’t had to endure any ‘Oh man, you should have been there’.
I’m sure everyone scored on this last swell. It looked like there were good waves at every spot I passed but for me, in the end it’s about the adventure and maximizing the potential of the day, the lighting, the subject or the equipment and it’s also about producing an image I’m happy and confident showing to other people. Unfortunately for me, these photos just don’t come from simply driving down to Rye and clicking the shutter.
The photographer has the ability to reference the images and prove that the team has made the best decision, in the case that they did make the best decision. Unfortunately Matt and I didn’t win on any images Tuesday, we didn’t even come close – but it’s good to work the rust out, remind the surfer of his weaknesses (just kidding, not his flailing arms) and explore new spots that we’ve never seen break.
DAMNNN it feels good to be shooting at the ocean again.
A little all over the place on today’s blog – it’s been a while since I posted anything and I may be in a state of seasonal confusion.
October 3, 2013 | Categories: Bolton, Surf Photos, Surf Related | Tags: alpine live, Alpine-live.com, alpinelive, bolton, Bolton Valley, Bozeman, bozeman montana, Bridger Bowl, bridget bowl, east coast, hurricane forecasting, hurricane swell, new england surf, new hampshire surf, ryan denning photography, Skiing, slushman's, slushman's lift, surf photography, surf photos | Leave a comment
Last night at one of my favourite places in the world (I realize I say that a lot – this one for real though)
April 26, 2013 | Categories: Storm Chasing, Surf Photos, Surf Related | Tags: alpine live, alpine-live, Alpine-live.com, new hampshire, new hampshire surf, new hampshire surfing, surf, surf photos, surfing | 1 Comment
Spring is here and there’s been some nice weather down on the Seacoast. The skatepark is dry, there’s been some trace of surf the last few days and the sunsets have been gorgeous. I think it actually hit 60 the other day but it’s still Winter up in Vermont. Stowe is reporting 7-12″ in the last 48 hours! It’s going to be an awesome spring up there for sure – the resorts close down pretty soon but it’ll be prime for spring touring. There are deals galore if you’re looking for a touring setup, this is the time of year to shop.
On another note, I started a new website for my own personal work – check it out at www.ryandenning.com
April 3, 2013 | Categories: Bolton, Skate, Surf Photos, Surf Related | Tags: alpine live, alpine-live, Alpine-live.com, alpinelive, Bolton Valley, forecast, landscape, landscapes, new hampshire, new hampshire surf, new hampshire surfing, Powder, powder skiing, rye harbor, rye harbor new hampshire, rye harbor nh, seacoast, Skateboarding, Skiing, Snowboarding, Stowe, stowe mountain, surf, surf forecast, surf photos, surfing, vermont, VT, weather, winter surfing | 4 Comments
The last big swell that rolled through was a couple weeks ago – and I have been scouring through my HD for the rest of the footage from that weekend. These were some of the better shots & clips that the search produced. I’m also currently working on some new sticker & tshirt designs as well so keep an eye for those and STAY TUNED!
This is the final installment of Spring Verses – praying for our friend Jon Peters tonight. Stay strong brotha.
Happy Cinco De Mayo and thank you to Las Olas Taqueria for the free t-shirt today! Once the tide dropped out a little bit (2pm-ish) the waves got fun, the sun even peaked out. All of the boys were at the wall, beautiful offshore winds all day long — endless smiles all around. Finally had a go with the new lens and I’m pretty happy overall, it’s a hard piece of equipment to keep steady and that will be my biggest challenge. I snapped a few random shots throughout the day – take a look and keep your eyes peeled for Spring Verses | Part 9.
I’m pretty disgruntled at the moment, a solid wind swell was supposed to fill in this AM and never really came through. I’m going to venture to say it had too much South in it, maybe the Central Maine coast saw some solid swell but barely a trace down here. I wanted to add some more surfing to Part 7 but you’ll have to settle for some landscape and lifestyle stuff – aside from that, Part 7 took the most time of any part in the series and I’m super proud of this one. Sidenote: I went ahead and bought a bigger lens…it cost me a fortune but hopefully it’ll improve the quality of the surf videos. Enjoy and thanks for checking us out.
Well it’s been a roller coaster week, we did see some waves but it turned out to be disorganized and mushy at practically every spot in NH. MSW came through again with accurate models but the swell reaching the beach just wasn’t favorable, hopefully this upcoming swell (which is looking mighty fine for the north country) will fair a little bit better for the Northeast. In hope of getting some good surf I put together Part 4 of the Spring Verses series, mostly to clear out my folder so it’s nice an empty for some real surf footage.
I also made an attempt at using the new ND filter with a super wide angle lens – needless to say it doesn’t really work. Here is what I came up with, somewhere in Maine…
Side Note: Key phrase of the week is “petting the cat”….I would tell you what it was but I don’t even know – stay tuned cuz I’m gonna make Lockwood explain this shit to the camera.
April 16, 2011 | Categories: Surf Photos, Surf Related | Tags: alpine live media, Alpine-live.com, alpinelive, Maine, Maine surfing, nesurf, new england surfing, new england waves, new hampshire, new hampshire surfing, surfing | Leave a comment
After the sunrise I got some shots at the red carpet a.k.a. shit shacks.
I purchased a new photography tool called a Reverse Grad ND filter, it’s a pretty simple concept but I wouldn’t really be able to explain it very well. Basically the graduated tint in the filter allows me to place the filter along the horizon and block out some of the light from the sun, allowing the foreground to maintain a proper exposure. A lot of sunrise and direct sun photography will be blown out or over exposed in the foreground because of the sunlight. Here are my first attempts at using it:
It’s been pretty quiet around here lately, I have given up on my ski season (not voluntarily but because of shin bang) and started transitioning over to the summertime. Yesterday was 70 degrees in Hampton and I felt like it was time to put together a Spring Reel for myself, a lot of the edits I’ve posted in the past 6 months are from one particular day and there is a ton of footage that gets lost in the editing process. I’d like to thank a few of my friends for helping with these shots including Lucas, Andy and Haleburger as well as my best friend – Nala.
Here’s to 80+ days on the hill this winter and some sick spring surfing. Cheers.
….edit to add a few photos from today:
April 12, 2011 | Categories: Snow Related, Surf Photos, Surf Related | Tags: new hampshire surf, Powder, powder snow, riding, Skiing, Snowboarding, spring reel 2011, surfing, surfing new hampshire, vermont | Leave a comment
Pretty tired right now and don’t feel like typing. Maybe some nice weather this weekend although the swell forecast is looking bleak.
April 8, 2011 | Categories: Surf Related, Uncategorized | Tags: new england surfing, new hampshire surf, surf forecast, surfer, surfing, surfing the wall, the wall, the wall new hampshire, winter surfing | Leave a comment
Yes…an annoying alliteration, HA! Ok I’m done…today was another sneaky day — woke up and the tide was really drawn out – waist high at best. As the tide came in I was shooting at the wall with Ryan Schnell and Michael Sander, some larger sets started to come in and I witnessed the high tide push…it’s amazing how it jumps up 1-2ft just with a tide change.
I left the wall ’cause they got out and it was pretty bad, went home and grabbed a bite to eat — when I got back down to the beach Fox Hill was firing, only a few guys out. Toby and Casey both got some great waves as well as some other unknowns. If you unknowns are out there – nice surfing, contact me and we can work something out for your clips….not you Andy.
April 6, 2011 | Categories: Storm Chasing, Surf Photos, Surf Related | Tags: new england surfing, north east cold surfing, northeast, northeast surfing, rye new hampshire, surf, surf forecast, surf new hampshire, surfer, winter surfing | 1 Comment
Today was certainly nothing special, woke up this morning to thigh high mush. The report said it would be building throughout the morning but I saw nothing of the sort. I went into work for a while and drove back down around 3pm, winds were straight out of the west and the swell had jumped up a foot or two – and sure enough it built all afternoon. I put a smaller clip together because I’m planning on gettin at ‘er real early tomorrow.
April 6, 2011 | Categories: Storm Chasing, Surf Photos, Surf Related | Tags: alpine live, Alpine-live.com, east coast april waves, new hampshire surf, surfing east coast, surfing new hampshire nh surf, waves | Leave a comment
Testing out this new slow mo….it’s not working very well but slowly getting the hang of it – a little bit of sunrise stuff mixed in. Casey Lockwood in a mini barrel at 500 frames per second. Looking like a small swell coming through tomorrow, stay tuned.
Well when I mentioned that it was going to be a quick burst of energy I didn’t quite expect it to be that quick but the reports were pretty much spot on. Although, speaking with a fellow surfer of mine today we realized that MSW is all over the map. Well wait a minute, we didn’t just now realize that but with swells like these they are always pin-point accurate and when the summer comes and we’ve all been waiting for weeks and weeks on end for waves – their accuracy somehow disappears completely. Funny how that happens, well this was quite the quick one, top photo is at dusk last night and bottom photo is from first light this morning.
Note: Our favorite family resort, Bolton Valley, is staying open for another weekend – $29 tickets for Sat/Sun.
I haven’t had a chance to post much this week – we had a large amount of work associated with the Moe. show and I was just really stoked to hear there was a small Nor’easter coming our way for the weekend.
Snow: Some places in Maine saw up to a foot, most Northern VT resorts saw less than half a foot, I think the sweet spot is gonna be Saddleback.
Swell: MSW and the other swell charts were showing a super quick burst of energy, maxing out towards the middle of the day and dropping off by nightfall. I got a chance to check it out around 10:15am and it was pretty gnarly looking, definitely some size but real messy. I knew the wind was gonna switch and the tide was gonna back out so we decided to head back down around 2pm, I got in the water for about 45 mins until the 3mm booties just weren’t quite doing their job anymore and grabbed the camera. Unfortunately I misplaced my big lens and had to settle with my 18-55. Dawn patrol tomorrow, camera or surfboard?
SAME VIDEO – TWO OPTIONS | What should we use, Vimeo or Youtube?
I didn’t expect to see any waves today, when my friend Mike called me early to tell me there was a little bump I was thoroughly surprised. I got down to the beach in Rye around 4:00 and shot Mike at Linkys for 45 minutes or so, only guy out.
We would also like to send condolences to the family of Sion Milosky who passed away at Maverick’s last night, our prayers are with you.
Finally a little action on the surfing end, we’ve had some hefty snowstorms this season but very little swell. Offshore all weekend and plenty of crowds to welcome in the spring sun.
Woke up this morning absurdly early because my sleep schedule is mangled, I could hear the ocean from my house and that usually means it’s pretty well raging. Stevie O’Hara from Pioneers was absolutely shredding, the majority of these photos are of him.
Edited to add that Kelly Slater has also won his 10th world title today. No one else in sports history has won 10 world titles. Congratulations Kelly!
November 6, 2010 | Categories: Surf Photos, Surf Related | Tags: 2010 hurricane season, east coast, hurricane forecasting, hurricane swell, Maine, mexico, Mike Stanek, new england, new england surf, new hampshire, new hampshire surf, new hampshire surfing, pioneers surf shop, steve o'hara, surf, surf forecast, surf photos, surfing, tobey parke, winter weather | Leave a comment
Well today started at 6am with a drive up to Killington. I drove up expecting to see some type of white precip. and was disappointed to see all of the snow they had gotten the day before was now slush. Conditions were warm and variable with soft bumps and a little drizzle, skied from 9-11:30 and headed back to the Seacoast. Well it turns out the end of the week Coastal storm brought better waves than snowfall. Looks like it should stick around through Monday so get out there.