A friend and fellow surfer, Ewell Clarke, promised to dig through his old slides and found some Port A sessions from 1982-85. This one was shot with high speed Ektachrome film, 300mm lens, from the dunes, and without autofocus – not available back then. Ewell writes, “Hope you can see the riders; shooting from the dunes they sometimes disappeared in the trough on bottom turns.”
I like this photo; the feathering wave is good size, similar to our last wind swell. Nice to see 3 surfers sharing the wave too.
Also, I appreciate the image because it was taken on slide film, the medium I learned with. It’s known as color positive film, “slide,” or “transparency” film. No negatives. What you shot was what you got. Exposure couldn’t be adjusted in development so you had to know your settings in different light by heart. And there was no autofocus, you chose the focal length and hoped the image was in focus, or used manual and lined up little blurry half circles over the subject. Remember? Oh, the anticipation of pulling a newly processed slide from the box and holding it up to the light to view it for the first time! Sometimes I got a gem.
The Port A Surf-a-rama continued with north by northwest wind conditions all day. It was a Sunday worth re-living!
Sunday, Sunday, Sunday! Monster Wave and Surfer Show at the pier!
more photos of afternoon session to come.
2 do-gooders, 2 kayaks, and 2 plastic mattress bags = Happy Earth Day!
As everyone knows, St. Joe’s tends to collect plastic bottles like nobody’s business. One November day a few years ago we hatched a plan and set out to do our part. It was our “earth day.”
We kayaked over to St. Joe’s from the south jetty, strolled the beach and dunes, and stuffed as much plastic as possible in our “trash bags”. Once filled we tied ’em up to our kayak and SUP and launched from the north jetty.
Towing the loot back across the ship channel was the real adventure. High winds made excellent sails of the huge, floating bags and carried us a bit off course. Jen managed to wrap her towing rope, big bag and part of her partner’s gear around a piling near the UTMSI docks. The spin maneuver did halt our westward progression, but let’s just say Des and his knife were needed at some point.
Luckily, being strong paddlers, and despite the hooting and laughter, we did manage to arrive on the south side with our recycling cargo intact. James Derkits took our rescue call and sped over to pick us up.
Filming from a fast moving SUP while paddling across the channel was some of the best video I’ve ever taken – that I’ve never seen beyond the viewfinder! I keep hoping it will turn up on a hard drive somewhere in the future.
I’m mariedreamin’! Sarah Searight is featured this April at the Port Aransas Art Center. She is showcasing acrylic on canvas and watercolor scenes of the ocean, shore birds, surfers, and beach life. Her dynamic creations capture the essence of the sea. Sarah is a local favorite and has a signature style like no other. Stop by and browse or make a piece your own!
Sarah also exhibits her fanciful art at her home studio here in town. “So cool!”
Oh, yah. An evening to remember.