Every now and then, the "Wave Cam" takes a snapshot of some indiscriminate wave and or surfer that causes me to sit up and take note. Last Thursday (Jan.19th) for instance, was one of those times. For you see my fellow surf friends, not once, but twice, during the morning while I was working, I saw two images that caused me to switch gears and take note of what was happening just down the street.
The day before, the wind howled up to 50-60 knots. I mean, it was "Howling For It's Darling Windy!" Anyone who follows the weather knew the next day would be good. It was. Albeit, the wind switching to WSW had done a number on the size. But, there was still a head high swell pushing through the stiff offshores. I guess it was right around 9:00AM when I spotted the first of two images from the "mindless" wave cam. It was a perfect image of two waves and they were both reeling. Two right handers showing a super hollow section that only a surfer can appreciate. I remember saying to myself "Look at that. The wave cam just took a perfect photo of a perfect set." Then I wondered, if anyone else saw it. Of course, 10 seconds later, it was gone. For good.
Look, I know the "Wave Cam" is just that. A camera set to snap a photo every 10 seconds. There's no rhyme or reason to it's content. It's set to take that photo at the exact angle, regardless of time of day, or weather conditions. A Mindless machine. It's just that sometimes during a clean swell, it takes a photo that makes us all take note. It was only a short while later that the Wave Cam took another photo that caused me to shut down the shop for a while. It was an image of a lone surfer dropping into a solitary peak. A beautiful mindless photo of a "real time" event. It dam near took my breath away.
Being a photographer, I know about the timing of taking photos. The fact that, the dumb ass wave cam took a photo of such beauty and action, got me thinking. Is there anyway we can get copies of some of the better Wave Cam still images? I had to find out. So I asked Paulie B while I was out surfing later that morning. Now for those who don't know, Paulie is the man behind the wave cam and the resident genius who knows how all this technical crap works. I asked him and...
...He said he could. Wow! That's unreal!
I then put in a request that he get me some images and I would give the wave cam it's very own gallery. It would be like a Man vs Machine photo gallery.
Is this getting too heavy for some of you? Tell me what you think. Would any of you like to see what the Wave Cam has in it's storage files? Maybe I was a bit premature on the Photo of the Year Award a few weeks ago. Maybe... the ULTIMATE Photo of the Year is still on the Wave cam hard drive.
surf pics? Send em off to me directly.
(See link below) Just make sure they're NOT huge files.
In fact if you have any questions about the size, email
me first and I'll write back.
Start shooting crackie!!
Ralph Pic Of The Week
1973 The 10th Street Ritual
You don't think you were the first "Surfer" to ever do this do you? Long before you stopped and ducked under the cement lip to pretend you were getting shacked, surfers have been doing this since they erected that slab of cement. Like Vince here. He could hardly pass up walking by that pitching lip without stopping for a quick head dip. Still, if you haven't done it...what are you waiting for? The next time you find yourself walking by on the way out to another session at the Wall, pull in.
Photo courtesy of SFOD
While I was out Surfing that popular left point break with a handful of strangers on Thursday, I couldn't help thinking about what some of these people did for work. I mean, how is that there's always someone out surfing every swell all year long? Are there really that many irresponsible people (like myself) out there? What kind of jobs do they have? Part time? Students? Are they business owners? Work the night shift? Are they out surfing because they called in sick? You know dam well some of them lied to someone about what they had to do that day. And it's not just the men. I see women out there as well. I saw one woman the other day walking the length of the Wall in a snow squall with a heavy Longboard. I guess it's all part of the "Rebel" image that Surfers used to have. Apparently, that image is still alive and well. And don't worry guys...I won't rat you out to your boss if I happen to run into them. But only if you give me a wave (of my choosing).
You know, part of doing this column is not knowing what is going to show up in my mail box each week. Most times, I'm the first to see the images that my squad of Photographers send me. Like, when I see it's from Nick LaVecchia ...I know I'm getting some "quality images". Same with Nacel, Nichols, Carden, Wade, The Phantom and a host of others. Seeing these images for the first time is a privilege that I don't take lightly. I'm always excited because, I know what you (yes you), want to see. And I can only imagine what it's like for you guys. Sitting in your office, sipping on the Monday morning Java, or at home on the family PC when you dial in the Pic of The Week. I imagine that some of you call over some coworkers, or some family member and point out a photo of interest. My hope is that whoever you show the page to, responds in a favorable manner. "Whoa, I didn't realize you guys got waves that good in New England." To which you reply. "Yea, and this is not even a good day."
Imagine my surprise this week, when I downloaded some images from John Carden and found not one, but two images of me at the aforementioned point break.
That, was a surprise to say the least. First of all, I was not aware that anyone was even snapping a photos, let alone of me. And secondly, I happened to actually get a few nice waves. So I guess, I felt like you guys do when you see a photo of yourself surfing on the Pic of The Week. Of course I had a moral dilemma to deal with. Do I put a photo of myself up? Would my readers think me too vain? Or, should I look at the quality of the photo and content and make a decision based on that?
Well...I chose the latter. I thought the pics were worthy of your judgment and John's talent. So I posted them.
Good Luck to all the teams in the NFL Playoffs! (God I miss the Patriots).
Happy 14th Birthday Kody Grondin.
Remember...Surfing heals all wounds.
As always my friends...Pray for Surf.
Pray for Peace. Surf For Fun.
Today 2006 Thursday January 19, 2006 BHD Pig Dogging @My Rocks.com
These are the photos I was mentioning above. Truly a surprise for me.
Photos by John Carden
The art of grabbing the rail? Hardly, more like I was experimenting when Johnny C snapped these two shots of me.
Photos by John Carden
Unknown Goofy foot from the same session at the same break.
Photo by John Carden
Today 2006 January 19th, 2006 A California perspective
Same day as the photos taken above only a slightly different size and perspective from two different Cali breaks.
I'd tell you where, but the Phantom would have to hunt you down and kill you.
Photos courtesy of The Phantom
Today 2006 (below) Back Home January 15th 2006
Surf dad Tim Moore sent these two pics in of his two sons surfing the wall from last weekend.
Pat is the Goofy foot and Brendon is the regular foot. What a cool dad taking photos of the boys.
Photos by Tim Moore
Today 2005 Images from Last Fall in the Road of Isle
New Englander Scott Sousa sent these two in from last Fall down south.
Photos by Scott Sousa
2006 PARTING SHOT- This is Gonna Hurt!
What's the word we're looking for? Oh NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
Photos courtesy of The Phantom