Spring has sprung and Summer is fast approaching. The swell direction has shifted to a more southerly direction, for the most part, and the days between waves seems to grow. The wind has been increasingly present and blows away warm surface waters that then bring up cooler, nutrient rich waters. After getting pretty accustomed to the warmer waters, we all noticed the change in water temperature. Pulling up our hoods, patching suits, or ditching our suits for something thicker. Recently I have been bringing along a couple of film cameras to snap moments in between taking photos with my normal camera. The photos captured with these cameras are often soft in focus, grainy and imperfect but I think that adds to the moments and is part of the fun.
Fisher and I went searching for waves one day and came up empty handed. We decided instead on getting some snaps of him skating his reconstructed ramp. Unfortunately an injury to his ankle ended the shoot which is when I swapped a memory card for film.
On a particularly gray day, instead of trying to take photos that would inevitably be turned into black and white, I jumped in at Steamer Lane with a small film camera. Mike Dilloughry seen here in one of the snaps.
This particular morning, well I guess the entire day, was somewhat frustrating. The waves, pretty much everywhere we looked, were not cooperating. Here’s Willie and Wilem watching and waiting… and hoping.
Another one of Wilem. This one with some light leak and or water on the film. Turned out one of the O-rings supposedly keeping the guts of the camera dry ended up being faulty and failed. So the camera is currently in the shop waiting for parts…
photos and words by Kenan Chan