Photos, story and captions by Mike Vuocolo @mikesshoreshots on Instagram, presented by Wave Riding Vehicles
Where? Jenkinsons, NJ
When? November 19th
Why? Mid Atlantic Nor’easter
Air & Water? Around mid-50’s each
Swell? Shoulder to head high
Wind? North x Northwest
Photographers rating? Conditions moderate, performance way over the top
Manasquan Inlet is home to two of New Jersey’s most iconic waves. One was a secret spot for about two dozen faithful locals until print, internet, iPhones and social media helped turned it into a magnet for everyone including national, regional surfers and bodyboarders, local pros, top Right Coast talent and their image makers using everything from $15,000 film and video rigs to Go Pros and cell phones.
It is a far cry from the days of using the bank of pay phones on the Boardwalk to get the surf report to a small circle of friends back when we’s surf it then grab a draft beer and sausage and pepper and onion sandwich at the North Pavilion grill laughing to ourselves how we scored virtually alone again.
This place then was, and still is decades later, a fickle break and frustrating at times when any number of surf predicting guides and meteorological intel suggest it will be working you just never know who, or how many, will show up or just how the shifting sands will shape the line-up.
And whether you can roll out of bed or need to drive ten hours to get there, if it’s on you can bet on catching some of the Right Coasts highest level performance surfing when it shows itself and this day was no different.
Every spot has its crew and everyone likes to keep it that way, but when your backyard break enjoys such notoriety, you need to expect to be joined by some wave chasers and travelers. Northeast swell, offshore’s and low tide at first light were on tap for last Tuesday. Plug in the batteries and get on it at daybreak !
A guy jogging his board back toward the south jetty to paddle out after riding his first left working off the rocks had excitement in his drawling voice. “Good Morning, Y’all got a great wave here”!
Me, cameras hanging from my neck and shoulders, knew right away he was not a local.
Within a few minutes the surfing started to get explosive in the extreme when a few unfamiliar faces paddled out and began to rip, tear, lacerate, busting fins loose and taking it to the air like I was watching a WSL event. Turns out that South Carolina’s Micha Cantor (his first session ever here), North Carolinas Bo Raynor, LBI / NJ’s Seth Conboy along with young and upcoming Outer Banks filmer, Logan Marshall in tow were chasing last weeks Nor’easter up the mid-Atlantic coast, scoring Lido Beach, New York on Monday and Jersey again on Tuesday.
These kids are the real deal. They blended in unobtrusively with the locals showing nothing but respect and good southern manners in and out of the water while totally lighting the fuse on an amazing photo session. Quite possibly the best I’ve ever witnessed here action-wise since I first surfing and shooting here in the mid 70’s.
To sum up, when the bar gets raised like that everyone in the water gets inspired and rose up to the occasion including the second and third generations of local area rippers like Jordan Beverly, Cole Deveney, Adam Holloway, Brendan Tighe and Currie Wagner jumping right over the bar along with the visiting east coast pro’s while ripping the familiar two-way peaks coming in with the rising tide.
Glad I rolled out of bed ! – Mike Vuocolo @mikesshoreshots on Instagram –