Welcome to Vancouver Island's wild side.
It was a gray October day as I arrived on Long Beach, which is located on Vancouver Islands West Coast. I was following up on an idea I had for several years on photographing waves as they made their way on the shore and come up with some kind of montage to show their movement id some kind of time lapse photography. My timing could not have been better: a strong wind out of the southwest whipped up the greenish waters of the North Pacific and created some beautiful whitecaps in the process. As the waves got bigger I noticed some surfers take advantage of Mother Nature’s display and I started shooting them instead as they zipped across the waves. As the waves grew bigger the number of surfers grew smaller until it became unsafe to be in the water. All in all I considered that afternoon time well spent.
“For kite surfing you want the flags flying straight” was the reply of one of the kite surfers as an answer to my question. It was a blustery day at Goose Spit Park in Comox on Vancouver Island’s East Coast. Wildlife had eluded me and I had hoped to shoot some waves. Goose Spit Park is a long sand bar, which arches around the bay and acts as a natural breakwater. It leaves the water relatively smooth even as large waves pound the other side, which is exposed to the full brunt of the elements. On this day the conditions were just right and surfers were lining the shore to wait for the right conditions to start windsurfing. One lone surfer was going back and forth with some others trying and coming back to shore. “His foil is one one-half times the size than everybody else’s” was the explanation to my question why he was the only one out there. Apparently one can windsurf at lower wind speeds with a larger foil but at the same token this might be a liability at higher wind speeds. As the wind kept picking up more and more surfers started carving up the smooth waters of the bay. All in all it was a fun afternoon spent which provided some challenges on what gear to use for the shots. In the end I figured it out and the results are here for you to enjoy.
The wind was whipping up the the waters off Long Beach as I arrived on a beautiful, sunny day in early April. I like to come here quite frequently to go for a walk and watch the action out in the water. After many outings here this was the first one where I spotted a lone windsurfer doing his thing in these waters. Naturally I sprang into action and took some shots. Unfortunately this time I had only my "walking around lens" with me, which still delivered nice shots but no real close action shots. I let the photos speak for themselves.
Since the original post there have been photos added from windsurfing in Parksville and Victoria and kite surfing from Qualicum Beach, Parksville and Victoria.
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