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FLORIDA SURF & LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER | SPRING HAS SPRUNG IN THE OLDEST CITY

Spring in the Oldest City is Quite Swell

It's spring and the waves have sprung! The past couple days have been one for the books here in North Florida. Tuesday we had west winds with a buoy reading just over 6 feet at 10 seconds. This translated to pumping surf from sun up to sun down. Wednesday you had to look a little harder to find a good sandbar suited for the diminishing swell, but if you got lucky, the evening session was pretty unreal. Now sit back, grab a drink and enjoy this collection of surf imagery I captured during the finest moments of this past swell here in the Oldest City.

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My first peak at the ocean Tuesday morning was quite a sight. It's been a long time since I have seen lines stacked like this on our beaches.

My first peak at the ocean Tuesday morning was quite a sight. It's been a long time since I have seen lines stacked like this on our beaches.

Its been long time since I have shot land photos, but with a large swell breaking on the outside I felt the morning session was best viewed from this vantage point.

Its been long time since I have shot land photos, but with a large swell breaking on the outside I felt the morning session was best viewed from this vantage point.

Gabe Kling put on an absolute clinic out there all morning. This was his first wave and he backed it up with 5 more sequences just as good.

Turn around... @gaberham_lincoln_

Turn around... @gaberham_lincoln_

So, that's what he did...

So, that's what he did...

Offshores

Offshores

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Billy Thane last wave before work.

Billy Thane last wave before work.

Josh Luteran was charging all morning sitting on his own little peak with Gabe!

Josh Luteran was charging all morning sitting on his own little peak with Gabe!

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Luke Kothera...

Luke Kothera...

Not sure of his name but he was killing it on this board...

Not sure of his name but he was killing it on this board...

After shooting for about 3 hours it was time to paddle out and get a few myself. I spent most of the afternoon surfing before coming in, grabbing my housing and swimming out to shoot the last few hours of daylight.


TUESDAY EVENING

The walk to one of the best sessions I have shot since Hurricane Irma with Billy Thane, Noah Brownell and Alec Zappone.

The walk to one of the best sessions I have shot since Hurricane Irma with Billy Thane, Noah Brownell and Alec Zappone.

Clouds, A-frames and Noah Brownell. My first sight as I made it out to the lineup...

Clouds, A-frames and Noah Brownell. My first sight as I made it out to the lineup...

You can't ask for the conditions to be any better here in North Florida during the spring time.

You can't ask for the conditions to be any better here in North Florida during the spring time.

Noah Brownell definitely took the show this session packing more tubes then anyone I saw the whole swell. Noah and I nailed what I feel like is the best shot of the whole swell this night and possibly the best fisheye tube shot I have ever captured in Florida. Unfortunately, you wont see it in the blog post. Gotta keep it on ice for a minute!

Closeouts that are bigger than they look.

Closeouts that are bigger than they look.

Getting to swim around in these conditions does not happen often but when it does, it's hard to get me out of the water. HaHa

Getting to swim around in these conditions does not happen often but when it does, it's hard to get me out of the water. HaHa

Just me, my flippers and waterhousing... Just the way I like it!

Just me, my flippers and waterhousing... Just the way I like it!

Billy Thane pulling in...

Billy Thane pulling in...

Kelly Conway was ripping on the retro single fin. I saw him pack more tubes in 2 hours then he's most likely had in years in this town.

Kelly Conway was ripping on the retro single fin. I saw him pack more tubes in 2 hours then he's most likely had in years in this town.

Sean "Sarah" Clingerman 30 minuets after I gave him the call to leave work early. Bet he was stoked!!!

Sean "Sarah" Clingerman 30 minuets after I gave him the call to leave work early. Bet he was stoked!!!

Alec Zappone being one with his bad fish and this perfect left peak that I somehow missed him coming out of...

Noah Brownell and the one that sucked me over the falls...

Noah Brownell and the one that sucked me over the falls...

No place I would rather be for sunset!

No place I would rather be for sunset!

Alec speeding through an insider!

Alec speeding through an insider!

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Noah on another golden gem.

Noah on another golden gem.

Sean Clingerman.

Sean Clingerman.

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Noah butt dragging straight into a mental one.

Noah butt dragging straight into a mental one.

Kelly Conway and his single fin again!

Kelly Conway and his single fin again!

Unknown in the golden spotlight just before the sun set below the buildings.

Unknown in the golden spotlight just before the sun set below the buildings.

And that's a wrap on Tuesday's 12 hour journey documenting the surf here in the Oldest City. Now we move on to Wednesday!

And that's a wrap on Tuesday's 12 hour journey documenting the surf here in the Oldest City. Now we move on to Wednesday!


Wednesday

Wednesday the buoy dropped and it made it a tad harder to find a good sandbar doing its thing. I spent most of the day searching for waves for myself. Finally around sunset after I finished surfing, I grabbed my long lens and found a nice angle to shoot the last bits of the lingering swell.

Walked up to the beach and this was the first wave I saw roll through...

Walked up to the beach and this was the first wave I saw roll through...

Charlie Current and the second wave I saw roll through.

Slabby.

Slabby.

Benji Lange.

Benji Lange.

Tyler Claudio sat on this peak and had it to himself for about 45 min...

Tyler Claudio sat on this peak and had it to himself for about 45 min...

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Evan Price was making it look easy out there. Love watching that kid surf!

Evan Price was making it look easy out there. Love watching that kid surf!

Eden Lange.

Eden Lange.

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Benji Lange down the beach.

Benji Lange down the beach.

...landed right on his head.

...landed right on his head.

Charlie Current under the hood moments before the engine blew!

Charlie Current under the hood moments before the engine blew!

Evan definitely had the most fun of anyone in the lineup...

Evan definitely had the most fun of anyone in the lineup...

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After 2 days of shooting and over 6 hours into editing and blogging I'm stoked to have a few days to rest before the next swell.  Thank you for viewing the gallery.   

After 2 days of shooting and over 6 hours into editing and blogging I'm stoked to have a few days to rest before the next swell.

Thank you for viewing the gallery.

 

Cody Coleman