The journey of a thousand tasty waves begins with a single bodysurf. So said someone, somewhere... probably. Either way, there's truth in this retro-fitted and surf-inspired Lao Tzu knockoff: until you understand the mechanics of catching waves, you won't be riding any, and there's no better way to learn than with your very own, nature-made equipment; in other words, by bodysurfing.
Bodysurfing is a serious sport in its own right, with a world champion and some heavy competition, to boot.
"Bodysurfing is as pure as you can get of a sport," says Tim Casinelli, director of the World Bodysurfing Championships competition. Casinelli, himself a two-time WBC Grand Champion, points to the interaction between body and wave, and simultaneous lack of very much equipment, to explain its authentic appeal.
You can call it slurpee waves (inspired by the 7-Eleven Slurpee drink) or slushy waves, but what you've really got here are frozen waves. Jonathan Nimerfroh was in the right place at the right time.
The surfer and photographer based in Massachusetts captured a rare natural moment. The temperatures in Nantucket were so low that his camera actually "froze" the waves breaking near him.
"I just noticed a really bizarre horizon. The snow was up to my knees, getting to the water. I saw these crazy half-frozen waves," Nimerfroh told The New York Times.