Sunrise session with minimal crowds, game on.
October 21, 2013 | Categories: Uncategorized | Tags: alpine live, alpine-live, Alpine-live.com, alpinelive, east coast, new england, new england surf, new hampshire, new hampshire surf, new hampshire surfing, surf photos, weather | Leave a comment
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
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
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
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?