This shot was taken on a last-minute decision trip to surf the Great Lakes — Joe Curren and Bron hopped onboard for the trip. We’d landed in -8? F weather with a foot of snow still accumulating, then waited all day for the ice shelf to break apart on the lake so the waves could come in. Finally, they did, and we surfed the best Great Lakes anyone’s ever seen. This shot was taken after four hours of surfing Lake Superior; the freshwater was freezing so quickly in the frigid air temps, we had to break off the ice forming on the back of the wetsuit as it froze.
About the shot
Reaching my 20th year of shooting professionally I’ve had the privilege of telling the stories of athletes through countless adventures. What started as a freelance career in surfing has grown into endless moments of those who find the path less travelled a little more gratifying.