Our Favorite ‘Slurpee Wave’ Photos of 2015
by Owen James Burke
“I’ve seen frozen waves before around these parts, but not nearly as hollow as these.” — Photographer Mike Bromley
Above, a slushy point break in Nova Scotia goes completely unridden. There have been a few photo essays buzzing around of “slurpee waves,” but photographer Mike Bromley found this nearly frozen Canadian point break and, well, we’ve never seen anything like it.
A slushy New England peeler. Photo by Brian Nevins from his photo essay Frozen Peelers.
It is oh so irksome for a surfer to know that they can look but not ride. Earlier this week we featured Brian Nevins’ photo essay, Frozen Peelers, a selection of photographs of frozen, icy and ice-filled New England waves. These waves, though technology would permit us to ride them for perhaps an hour at best, cannot be ridden. At least not with a surfboard. Perhaps someone could try a bobsled. Now there’s a feature film.
It must be colder than cold, but what a view it must be from beneath that lip. Nantucket, MA. Photo: Jonathan Nimerfroh
Nantucket sees some very powerful and largely unridden wintertime swell. It’s no wonder why.
And this might just be the most frozen wave of them all, entering a shipping channel beside a snow-capped jetty. Photo: James Katsipis
It looks like just meters ahead of that head-high wobbly peak is frozen solid, and I bet you could take a toboggan down its face and across the ice, with a paddle maybe.
Then again, maybe it’s just as well that we enjoy their beauty from afar. Photo: Brian Nevins