Thursday, August 27, 2009


As Hurricane Bill passed, there were a few photographers I kept my ear to the ground for. I knew whatever imagery Tommy Colla would get would be the stuff I'd want to see and he doesn't disappoint. As we sat on the bluffs above some of the Montauk breaks, the vision of what we assumed was a Coast Guard training session dominated the view to the east. Pretty incredible to see these big boats rolling and pitching right next to the lineup. Check out the surfer in the first photo. I can still hear Lentini saying "that's the craziest thing I've ever seen!" Truly. Crazy.

5 comments:

Johnny said...

effing insane!

SurfScience said...

I would be so freaked out to surf there worrying the boat was going to go over the falls with me. Its enough to worry about hitting my board if I wipe out, let alone a small maritime vessel.

Mr. Lentini said...

I believe it was the craziest fucking thing i have ever seen..you to missed me and bill getting smashed into the cliff at low tide

no lie

surfingmira said...

The Tow surfers out there were My self Mirabai James, Neil Schumejda and Kurt Rist. I got a left hander that was quite possibly the best photo of Bill I have seen. Photo taken by Jen Davis. It will be published in the Eastern Surf Magazine for November Hurricane issue in the Hot Files. You don't want to miss this shot. Mental....What makes it even better is that I am a woman.... The coast guards were like our guardians if you know what I mean. Deffinately the coolest thing I have ever partaken in.

Offshore said...

Funny I'm just seeing this site. I saw Tom Colla on the beach early that morning setting up to shoot what turned out to be a classic day @ Turtles. One other surfer was in the water and as I passed TC he asked me should I shoot B&W. I told him the most dramatic shots are B&W and since it was still a lil cloudy it would look great. Never knowing how insane it really was until trying to punch thru a set. Caught 5-6 waves that morning and saw you riding. Most people never believed me when I said it was a girl.