weekly photo challenge: foreign

I live in Florida, but I have only been here for a few years; before that, I was a true Yankee, a New York girl born and raised.  So there are many things about my new home that are foreign to me, even after being here for awhile. For example, the whole surfing thing–completely foreign to me.  I can’t imagine the bravery, the confidence, the physical stamina and endurance that it takes to be able to swim out into a rough ocean and ride the waves.  I am fascinated…and surfers are one of my favorite subjects to photograph.  This past weekend was a double-win for me:  not only did Hurricane Sandy leave us with crazy wild waves after she blew past our coastline, but there was also a pro surf tournament going on in nearby Cocoa Beach–the Slater Brothers Invitational. ImageImageThese are pictures of a couple  of amazing professional longboard surfers taking advantage of the waves that Sandy left behind.   As I watched them, out of the corner of my eye, I saw something even more foreign to me; a little surfer dude, maybe 8 years old, donning his wetsuit to go out and join the big boys in the surf.  Now, I am momma to three boys, all with a certain degree of daredevil in them, but I cannot imagine watching them…or encouraging them…to go out into the ocean in conditions such as they were that day.  The waves were 8-10 feet high, and the ripcurrents were fierce–there was a double-red-flag warning (meaning stay the heck out of the water ’cause it’s super-dangerous!) It’s one thing for the pros to be out there, I suppose they have the experience (and the size/strength) to know what to do and how to do it. I am a little afraid of the ocean, not knowing it all that well; I suppose we are all a little afraid of what is foreign to us. But this little man seemed familiar enough; he had no fear, and his dad helped to usher him out to where the waves were breaking.  The current pushed them down the shore out of my sight…I wish it hadn’t, ’cause I really wanted to see the little dude do his thing…ImageImage

2nd light–2/22/12

IMG_7227riding high–@2nd light

when the morning weather forecast calls for 4-6″ waves in february (well, anytime of the year, but especially in february) it becomes necessary to make time in the day to head beachside…yesterday was such a day, so even though i had a ton to do, i made it beachside for a little while…i was not disappointed, as there were decent waves and great surfers…an added bonus was the variety of military and civilian planes landing at patrick afb across the street…it’s always cool to catch surfers, birds and planes in one shot…i caught a few of those…haven’t gotten to processing any of them yet…for now, i’m working on the surfers…i like this one…more to come, so stay tuned!:)

2nd light surfers 10/12/11

IMG_9965surfing with style

i have been so consumed with holiday preparations…but i think i’m nearing the end of the baking/crocheting/crafting/packing/wrapping…i miss going beachside to catch the surfers…in the meantime, i can at least look at some images of those i’ve already caught…:)

2nd light surfers 10/12/11

surfing with the pelicanssurfing with the pelicans

my mind is still wandering while preparing for tomorrow’s feast…thinking about how cool it must be to be surfing and have a bunch of pelicans fly past…if i were just a little bit younger (or just a little more daring…well, maybe one day…)

surfers

waiting for their heat--@ slater brothers invitational, cocoa beach fl--10/30/11waiting for their heat–@ slater brothers invitational, cocoa beach fl–10/30/11

too windy to stay there for too long (my boy got tired of the wind blowing sand in his face…) but we got to see some of the semifinal heats this morning. amazing surfers!