Fall and Winter are the best times of year along the Outer Banks… From overcast windy days to slick calm golden lit evenings, you can’t beat it!
It’s now very much Summer on the East Coast, and we can pretty much kiss tubes this Long, Square, and Golden goodbye. So here’s a salute to the times past, of empty beaches and brown water cylinders, and a hope for more to come again sometime in a few months.
Shot using a GoPro Hero4 Black coupled with a MyGoMount mouth mount.
I set up my Soloshot 2 on the beach, changed into my 5/4mm Wetsuit, 7mm Boots, & 5mm Gloves, and paddled out for a 5hr session till dark. Though not very big, it was perfect. For 5hrs I paddled, surfed, ran up the beach, and repeated, over and over again… Until i was the last guy in the water, and the last car out of the parking lot. Nothing beats that feeling.
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Hurricane Gonzalo slowly rolled offshore of the East Coast back in mid October… Cape Hatteras was graced with 3 days of offshore winds, and really fun sized surf. Soloshot2 was there to capture every minute of the swell too!
If you like groomed righthand tubes, and punk rock… Click Play and Enjoy.
Back in September, Cory Lopez and Torrey Meister came along with O’neill and SurfER magazine, to chase a Hurricane Swell to my house. The storm didn’t pan out so much, but then a Low Pressure formed up, giving us plenty of fun onshore days followed by a day off solid offshore tubes. Watch the video recapping our “Nexen Road Trip”, then View the entire photo gallery in the link below at SurfERmag.com
I’ve been sitting on some of this footage since March… Not because it’s amazing, but because none of it really went together. I kept waiting to get more that would fit with it, and piece some together for a Spring edit, and some for just a Soloshot edit, and etc… Then the waves got bad and that never happened. Then Summer passed, and Fall is flying by…
So, I decided to quit waiting and just throw it all together, so I could start fresh. I already have stuff ready to go from this Fall, but I’m going to put it aside a little while, as I send these clips into cyberspace to float around for a bit before sinking. So, I present Bits and Bytes (cause that’s all it was doing before, was taking up data on my harddrive).
Bryant Thomas http://www.thomasbrothersblog.com/
In March I had the pleasure of traveling to Norway in search of waves with photographer Chris Burkard, as well as surfers Pat Millin & Chadd Konig. Anton Lorimer and Michael Bonocore from SmugMug.com were along side us to document Burkard and his approach to capturing the incredible images he does in the Arctic.
Below is the short film, that I feel really gives you an idea of what it’s like surfing in these distant places. Click play and take a trip to the Arctic Circle…
It’s the FINAL DAY to VOTE for the Smith Grudge Match… Team Mid-Atlantic is trailing 160 votes, and we only have until MIDNIGHT to get ahead!
So if you haven’t voted yet, or know friends who haven’t, please follow the link below and VOTE on slide #5 of the feature. (theres an ad at the begginning, so just wait for that to finish)
Then spread the word! 12hrs left… THANKS!
Fisher and I need your help… The Smith Optics Grudge Match heats are based on popular vote. So the teams with the most votes, will be advancing to the Finals. WE HAVE SAVED OUR BEST CLIPS FOR LAST… Our best clips are what landed us as the #2 seed in the event in the first place.
But we are currently 350 votes behind! So, if you are wanting to see the #1 and #2 seeds go head to head in the Final, click on the link above and cast your vote for the MID-ATLANTIC on slide 8 of The Smith Grudge Match feature. (the NorthEast is smoking NorCal, so no need to worry about them. They’ll be in the Final)
Thanks for your support! VOTING ENDS AT 4PM EST, MONDAY JUNE 2… Hopefully I’ll be thanking everyone again soon, for letting us showcase our best footage in the Final against the NorthEast, come Monday night.
Morning surfs here are awesome… Or anywhere for that matter. Waking up at dark, heading to the beach early, and seeing green water barrels right off the sand is the best feeling in surfing ever. Super glassy morning with just a few friends, followed by an afternoon of much the same…
Here’s another installment of what surfing along Cape Hatteras is all about.
When the storms come from the SouthWest, and the Winds howl for hours on end, and the rain pours down nonstop, we are greeted afterwards with reeling Righthand barrels. Take a look inside the belly of a Southswell on Cape Hatteras, and see what a typical day full of barrels is like around here.
From the moody morning session to the beautiful evening session… this is what living here is all about. I tried to make this edit tell a story a little bit. And hopefully it comes across that way… Now click PLAY (if you haven’t already) and enjoy.
Going to have a new @gopro edit dropping Wednesday, right here …. So stay tuned for some South Swell tunnel vision.
About 5minutes before Slaters 10 point ride at the Pipe Pro… I was on the phone with my friend Cash Barris. I told him he might want to turn on the webcast, then the following ensued…
Around Cape Hatteras in the Fall and Winter time, there are many sessions had with only a few other guys out. There are also many sessions spent alone… And so you spend a lot of the season surfing Almost Alone.
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If you don’t know who Jesus is… or What it means to have a relationship with God and his Son… then I hope this movie can help you understand.
God loves us… He loves YOU… And I know sometimes that seems odd, since we are nothing and he is everything, why would he love us? But i’ll ask you this, if any loving father on earth will take care of his children with love and ask for nothing in return, but love, how much more will God take care of us? It’s the same type relationship, but on a greater scale. You don’t always understand how much your parents love you, or why they do the things they do to bless you, and that’s exactly why it is even harder to grasp Gods love for us. His love is much greater, enough to sacrifice His son Jesus so that we could have union with Him, a union that had been separated by sin… All he wants of us in return, is to Love him back, with all our heart, and thanks be to Jesus, We can.
So on this Christmas day, I ask you to look deep into your hearts… And if God isn’t an important part of your life already, think about that purpose in life you’ve been searching for. If you haven’t figured it out, it’s because our main purpose on this earth is to Love our God, and you won’t find answers anywhere else. That’s why people get lost looking for their purpose in life, because it isn’t of this world, you aren’t going to find it here, but in yourself. So open up your heart… because Jesus is right there waiting for you to give it to Him. And he will bless you eternally in return…. It doesn’t get any better than that.
I decided to spend my Birthday hunting down some Puppy Drum on light tackle in the surf. I checked out a few spots, but nothing was looking too promising, until I made it out to Cape Point. Once there, I decided to make a few casts and was hooked up in no time. Caught a couple, then went home to grab my wife and son, and my GoPro so I could document the afternoon.
They were so dang Thick, it was ridiculous. Multiple double headers between my cousin, friends, and I; as well as a few triple headers, and one time 5 of us were bowed up at once! It was the most fun afternoon beach fishing I’ve ever had. My cousin and I stayed until it was pitch black, along with some friends and other fellow anglers, just pulling pups in left and right. A few times, you couldn’t even get the slack out of your line, after casting, before you were hooked up!
Glad I had decided to go get my GoPro, because it was an afternoon to remember. And the sunset to cap off my birthday, fishing with my friends and family, was just icing on the cake.
I’m using a Diawa 2500 reel, 6’6″ Shimano rod, and 8lb mono… Makes fighting some 21”-24” Red Drum really fun.
I’m really excited for the online premiere of “Purpose” on Dec. 25… I’m thankful to be a part of such an incredible film, that really shows what living for Jesus is all about, and what it means. So often people don’t understand what it truly means to have a RELATIONSHIP with God and Christ. They confuse that with the poor, and distorted, example that “Religion” has provided of what God has intended for our lives. This movie helps shed light on what it really means to know Jesus, and to follow Him with your heart…
I’ll have the video loaded on here starting Christmas morning… And I encourage you to come back and give it a watch as soon as you get the chance. Or, go download the film yourself, so you have it at your fingertips for viewing whenever.
The film “PURPOSE” was produced by the Ride Nature organization in a collaborative effort with Walking on Water, Nations Foundation, Skate Bible, and This IZ My Story, to bring the truth of Jesus Christ to the world through action sports outreach and evangelism.
Featuring footage, testimonies, and scripture shared by 33 Christian athletes from the surf, skate, wake, and snow industries, along with the support of renowned author and speaker, Francis Chan, this film is one that was truly created to “Impact the world through action sports!”
To learn more about the Ride Nature organization and the long-term vision behind this film visit ridenature.org or purposefilm.com.
The Lighthouse is my favorite wave out of anywhere I’ve ever surfed… That mostly has to do with the fact that I grew up surfing there, but also because it’s such a good barrel, even if the wind isn’t offshore. So when I pull in the parking lot there, and see head-overhead draining lefts… it’s the most excited I’ll ever get checking the surf.
Here’s one day at the Lighthouse, when the wind wasn’t straight offshore. I’d never used a GoPro in the surf before this day, and can’t wait to give a go again. I also can’t wait to take it into some thick ones, on a day when the offshore winds have the surf groomed perfectly.
It’s that time of the year… so that day should be just around the corner. Until then, enjoy my first stab at a GoPro edit.
(Before i start… sorry for the weird “warps” in the video. I had tried a new Image Stabilizer setting on my camera this day, and obviously it didn’t work too well. That is the reason it looks as though I used YouTubes image stabilization… but to be clear, I did not.)
There’s something about finding a wave that breaks right on the beach, that seems so much better than finding any other type of sandbar… Maybe it’s just because it’s different. Maybe it’s that if you don’t kick out soon enough, you’ll lose your fins; so there’s a sort of risk. Maybe it has to do with the fact that normally they aren’t as crowded as other sandbars, because many surfers think it’s too close in to surf. Shoot, maybe it’s because we’re lazy, and a wave breaking that close in means not much paddling. I don’t know what it is exactly that makes shorebreak waves so fun… but whenever we get a setup right on the beach, we take advantage of every ounce of it.
On what would have just been your average chest high day anywhere else… this little jut in the sand was making some square little tubes, ending in just a few inches of water. And for the size it was… it doesn’t get any more fun than this.
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I borrowed my friends GoPro to document my fishing adventures the other day.
I Spent the morning catching 4 Puppy Drum, 5 (small)Speckled Trout, and 6 Flounder from the beach. I only put one catch of each species in the video, but it was a great morning for fishing. I left the beach with 1Drum, 3Flounder, & 1Speck… So the cooler was stocked and it was time to find something big.
So I packed up and headed to Teach’s Lair Marina to launch my JetSki. I headed 5miles offshore to try and catch some King Mackerel. There were a bunch of boats in the area, so I knew I was in the right spot. I managed 3 bites while floating dead bait, but lost them all unfortunately. The last King was pretty good sized, and skyed on my bait before coming back and crashing it. So that was rad to see even though I lost the fish.
It was about the best conditions ever for fishing, so I was stoked I got to take advantage of it. Even though I came in on the ski empty handed, being out there when it’s that calm was good enough for me.
Hope you enjoy the edit… I’ve never edited a fishing video before, so I had a blast going though this footage. I need to get my own GoPro so I can take it fishing more often.
Music : Josh Garrels – “Beyond the Blue” (album: Love & War & The Sea In Between)