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Saltwater swirled around my feet erasing the tracks as it turned the fresh snow to slush.
â€œYep, them are neoprene bootie tracks all right, a sure sign of surfers in the area. It can be hard to get a visual on them when itâ€™s snowing like this though– with all the snow in the air you gotta get within about a hundred yards of ’em.â€
Standing out on the snow covered beach yesterday looking for the surfers I was there to photograph I had time to think about how strange it was. There I am in a near white out, the normally dark grey beach is white with fresh snow, looking out towards the rumbling surf I can barely make out the surfers in their black wetsuits. The sky was dark with heavy snow clouds, the waves were still messy from a nearby storm. Every once in a while Iâ€™d look back up the beach towards the cars and another black shape with a big white object would emerge from the greyness heading my way, every patch of skin covered up except a little red face. The surf wasnâ€™t really very good, but after a slow fall season there were a handful of eager Alaskan surfers out there trying to see the sets coming through the blowing snow.
It is incredibly inspiring and enjoyable to photograph unique subjects like this. Standing out there stomping my feet to keep the blood flowing I couldnâ€™t stop smiling thinking about it, surfers and a snowstorm, what a contrast. Though winter is our surf season, itâ€™s not that often that we get the pleasure of surfing during a heavy snow. I was glad to be able to get out and photograph in the few short hours we had before the sun dipped back below the mountains.