Thursday, June 17, 2010

2 Day Shooting Extension Proves Productive

In the years past our crew of surfers, filmers and art directors have been extremely lucky with decent swell size and sunny dry weather, but that was all about to change. This seasons Ripzone photo shoot in Nicaragua was looking grim. We showed up and the waves were pretty big but it rained all day and night, making the weather less than ideal for shooting. By the time the sun did come out the swell had dropped and the waves sucked. To make things worse, all the rain water flowing to the ocean through the rivers, collecting mud, garbage and sewage along the way turned the water mud brown and left most the surfers with bad ear infections. Just before our departure date the swell models jumped and good surf and weather was in the forecast. Adrian Millar, Ripzone's marketing manager made the call and extended our trip to catch this new swell. And good thing he did because those 2 extra shooting days made the trip worth while.
It was this afternoon that the swell started to fill in. A fun little right hander?
It doesn't get any better looking than this.
Sam Zuegner bottom turns on a set wave at the outter reef.
I am still wondering why Sam is looking back at me? Does he not see that pit?
The tide was dropping really fast, rocks were showing and that meant it was time to come in. Unfortunately its just too dangerous now.
I love sitting back and shooting empty waves, thinking just what could have been.

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