Surfing Asbury Park

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January 1, and the new year, dawned quite warm for New Jersey.

Yes, I once again photographed the Sons of Ireland Polar Bear Plunge. Still working on that project.

By all admissions, though, the water was still cold. About 46 degrees Fahrenheit. So while the air temp was warmer, the water was still nippy.

But it was super windy down in Asbury Park, too. The easterly wind was blowing hard all the way down 195, right up onto the boardwalk and in to the water.

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So after getting down to Convention Hall early for the Plunge, and getting myself all set up, I had some time to kill.

I decided to walk down to Sixth Ave and check out the surfers. And finally I had a decent lens (my 70-300mm) to shoot them with.

The wind felt like little pellets as I squatted down to photograph the cold water surfers, and the spray was blowing off the tops of the tubes.

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About five or six souls were in the water, letting the New Year take hold in a wet way. Why not?

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They say if you do what you love on January 1, you’ll do it all year long.

They were doing what they love: Surfing.

So was I.

© Mark V. Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | All Rights Reserved 2019

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