Surf And Lifestyle Photographer Captures Dreamy Frozen Slurpee Waves

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Jonathan Nimerfroh is a surf and lifestyle photographer who lives in Nantucket, an island 30 miles off the coast of Massachusetts. He owns three photography businesses namely JDN Photography, Nantucket Salt and Runaway Bride Nantucket.

Jonathan travels worldwide when the opportunities to surf become limited on his island. His photographs of the “Slurpee Waves” recently became a viral internet sensation.

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Here's the story behind the Slurpee Waves that Jonathan captured – this is what Jonathan has to say:

These frozen wave photos were taken during my daily surf check.

When I pulled up to the beach I could see the horizon just look strange. When I got to the top of the dunes I saw that beginning about 300 yards away from the shoreline the ocean was starting to freeze.

The high temperature that day was around 19 degrees. The wind was howling from the southwest which would typically make rough or choppy conditions not so good for surfing, but since the surface of the sea was frozen slush, the wind did not change the shape.

What resulted was perfect, dreamy, slushy waves.

Most waves were around 2 feet with some larger sets slushing through around 3 foot or waist high. What an experience to be absolutely freezing on the beach watching these roll in while I mind-surfed them!

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The next day I drove up to see if they had melted but, beginning that same 300 yards away from shore, the water had frozen solid and there were no waves at all.

I've been asking all the fishermen and surfers I know if they have ever seen such a thing and they have all reported that this is the first they’ve witnessed, the result of it being the coldest winter they’ve had in 81 years!

I guess the people I asked weren't old enough to remember a colder winter than this!

Jonathan's Accomplishments

Jonathan’s award-winning photography has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Stay Wild Magazine and many more. He is also the proud member of The Photographers Alliance of Nantucket and his work is currently being exhibited exclusively at the Samuel Owen Gallery.

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Further Resources

If you are inspired by Jonathan's work, feel free to check out his social media links below for more of his work.

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Dahlia is a physicist and self taught photographer with a passion for travel, photography and technology. She can sometimes get obsessed trying new photography techniques and post processing styles using Lightroom or Plugins in Photoshop. She occasionally writes articles on topics that interest or provoke her. You can check out her photography on Instagram, 500px and Flickr

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