While Hurricane Sandy wrecked havoc across the northeast U.S., kitesurfers in Aruba took advantage of the storm’s waves and high winds to shoot this intense video. There are many smart reasons to avoid paddling out during a storm (especially the risk of putting rescue workers in danger), so hopefully this crew played it safer farther away from Sandy’s path. The video was created by Matthew Blew and Oliver Berlic.
New Hampshire’s die-hard surfers get out on the water even in the dead of winter. “The hardest part is just putting on a cold wetsuit in February,” Casey Lockwood explains; “it feels like it takes years off your life.” This short clip, Salmon Theory, is from a longer documentary in progress by Dylan Ladds and Ryan Scura. “Salmon theory,” Lockwood says, refers to the way salmon return to where they spawn. The feature film will be called The Granite Stoke, referencing the state’s nickname.
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We humans are drawn to the shoreline, to live and to play. Some of us have even found a home in the waves, riding on gentle swells or braving roaring mountains of seawater. Surfing has been a part of human lives for centuries and is enjoyed around the world today. The stormy summer we’ve had this year provided some spectacular (if dangerous) conditions for surfers, many of them captured in photos below. Gathered here are images from the past several months of people (and animals) in the surf, including professional surfers, amateurs, spectators, and more.
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