Surf Photo Friday – Surfing New Jersey’s Polar Vortex Swells with the K Twins

Surf Photo Friday featuring New Jersey's K Twins, Jess and Casey Kwiecinski with Surf Photos by Laurie Glasser Photography on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine
Surf Photo Friday – Surfing New Jersey’s Polar Vortex Swells with the K Twins, Casey and Jessica Kwiecinski

Trading in last winter’s bikinis and suntans in Puerto Rico for this winter’s frostbite and polar vortex in New Jersey seemed like a crazy idea at first. However, the epic east coast swells of this winter made it clear that we chose wisely!

In one of the coldest New Jersey winters in memory, dawn patrols usually start with shoveling snow and the digging out of cars. After suiting up, we trek across the snow-covered sand and into the Atlantic – the very cold and dark Atlantic. The water is a whole different kind of cold and some mornings, the ocean is steaming. This “ocean smoke” is the result of the 38-degree water meeting the 2-degree air. It lends a dreamlike quality to the experience but suddenly you awake with the chill of the first duck dive! You are home!

Everybody knows that New Jersey normally gets some good waves this time of year, but this winter has been close to perfect almost every swell. The overhead barrels were our prize for staying home and laying low. We would just find an empty jetty and take turns catching some of the best waves we’ve ever surfed. It’s safe to say that the majority of spots have shown their potential throughout these past few months and it is well worth the price of admission! It’s always good to take a step back from traveling to other places and to realize that sometimes the greatest adventure is right where you began.

Peace and love!

Casey and Jess.

Thank you for dropping by for another installment of Surf Photo Friday. Have a great weekend everyone …and as always, thank you for your support of Jettygirl. Also, thank you to Laurie Glasser Photography for providing images for this week’s feature.

*In all photos below, Jessica is riding the green-railed board while Casey’s surfing a board with pink rails.

Jess Kwiecinski, New Jersey barrel during January 2014's polar vortex. Surf photo by Laurie Glasser Photography. K Twins on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Frontside snap by Jessica Kwiecinski during New Jersey's polar vortex. Surf photo by Laurie Glasser Photography. K Twins on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Jessica Kwiecinski pulls into a New Jersey barrel in freezing conditions during the polar vortex. Surf photo by Laurie Glasser Photography. K Twins on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Casey Kwiecinski gets a clean New Jersey barrel courtesy of the January 2014's polar vortex. Surf photo by Laurie Glasser Photography. K Twins on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Casey Kwiecinski throwing water in New Jersey. Surf photo by Laurie Glasser Photography. K Twins on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Casey Kwiecinski, stiff offshore winds courtesy of the recent polar vortex. Surf photo by Laurie Glasser Photography. K Twins on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Casey and Jess Kwiecinski head up the beach after an epic New Jersey Polar Vortex surf. Photo by Laurie Glasser Photography. K Twins on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.Casey and Jess Kwiecinski head up the beach after another epic New Jersey Polar Vortex surf.

Photo Credits: Laurie Glasser Photography – laurieglasserphotography.com


Previous Surf Photo Fridays | Mele Saili and Hayden Lane, Cardiff Reef | Jill Manos Surfs the Freezing Water of Nova Scotia, Canada | Malia Ward, Chris Ward, & a Surf Photographer’s Second Worst Nightmare | Chloe Buckley & the Tiny Five Hundred Dollar Wave | A Special Surf Session with Ashley Lloyd Thompson, Julie Cox, Alex Thompson, Chris Cuevas & Sheri Crummer | Kelly Nicely & the Pelican Session | Mary Osborne & Her Beloved 9’10” Cooperfish Single Fin | Kelia Moniz, Megan Godinez, Geodee Clark & Bruna Schmitz | Kamalehua Keohokapu | Claire Bevilacqua | Lulu Erkeneff | Alexa Frantz |Rebecca Woods | Silvana Lima | Alessa Quizon

Additional Resources:
The K Twins – official site of Casey and Jessica Kwiecinski
Casey Kwiecinski on Instagram
Jessica Kwiecinski on Instagram
K Twins on Twitter
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