Bermuda: Photos of the week ending Sept 14th 2013
This is NOT a sight you see often in Bermuda at all; surfing. We don't have the beaches or the coast for it, plus we have a huge reef that pretty much surrounds the whole island, yet here on Horseshoe Bay beach, due to Tropical Storm Gabrielle we had surf this past week. It was awesome. Now don't get me wrong you surfers from Hawaii or the US or Australia. These are not big waves, in fact they are tiny, minute you might say, but still, they are waves and they are just surfable.
I first went down at lunch time, or just before as the tide was coming in. The local surfers had warned me that the conditions here would be much better at high tide, but for Bermuda, these were pretty good. The only issue is they form fast and break fast and I would say you only get a run of about 30-50ft before they shut down due to the bottom shape.
After work (about 6pm) I decided to go back up to Horseshoe, but this time only took my little Nikon J3 in its water housing. Dressed in board shorts, I hit the water and this was the first shot I got. I spent about 20 minutes in the water before realizing I really could use either fins or a PFD (personal flotation device) and opted for the latter.
Being out in the surf is great. Certainly no Clark Little and I don't have his kit either and the waves are NOTHING like hawaii, but still pretty cool. I wish it had been a little clearer and no so overcast. It certainly would have made for better images, but I'm glad I was able to get these just the same.
I was somewhat surprised to see just how many surfers and boards there are in Bermuda, not to mention there are some pretty young kids out there with some mad skills despite the little practise they must get here.
As the winds were still pretty strong, the kitesurfers were also out in force, staying out just beyond the break. No doubt they were loving the conditions also.
All in all, a pretty good day for the surfers, bodyboarders and shooting them. Visit the full surfing gallery here.
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