Tropical Storm Andrea
New Jersey photographer Ben Currie talks us through the Jersey Shore's recent comeback
Local pro Jamie Moran had this to say about this day on the Jersey shoreline:
“That day was pretty funny. Going in I was really trying to keep my expectations low…I mean how epic could the first tropical storm of the season be in June? I figured it’d be the usual overhyped disappointment. But the buoys were looking strong right when I went to bed the night before, so I started getting pretty excited. Since we are approaching the longest day of the year that meant we could (for better or for worse) get on it super early, like 3 a.m. early, first light being at 4:30 a.m. So my brothers, Trevor and Brad, and I trucked up to one of the sandbars usually reserved for winter sessions with hopes that the sand was still in place.
“At first glance it was a pretty big letdown—not that big, kind of funky and nowhere near epic. So we surfed another spot down the way that looked more rippable. We were just glad to be in only a fullsuit with the sun out. As the morning went on the swell felt like it was actually getting bigger, so we bailed from the first spot and went to look at the spot we looked at originally. Sure enough, in the two hours we were away it went from mediocre to very good. Barrels up and down the beach, light offshore winds, limited crowds, and relatively warm water. It was like the usual winter sessions we live for but mixed with a summer atmosphere. I surfed eight hours that day and had a blast.
“Although the waves were pretty spectacular that day, it was still a not-so-subtle reminder that the tropical season is upon us and the gift these storms can bring in the form of good waves can quickly flip the other way and deliver massive amounts of destruction. Parts of the town we were surfing in that day still look like war zones from Hurricane Sandy. Just out of frame from this perfect row of peeling barrels is a row of houses toppled over on to the beach from Sandy. The beaches are open for summer and as beautiful as always, and the businesses are sure glad to have everyone back, but the N.J. shore towns still have a long way to go before things are back to normal. Hurricane Andrea was a lot nicer to us than Sandy was, and I hope our future encounters with tropical systems bring a similar level of joy.”