OurCaste Presents THAW video, featuring Sam Hammer surfing 31 freezing barrels
OurCaste‘s video features Sam Hammer getting “31 barrels captured over the Winter of 2016 in case you don't feel like counting.” You might notice that Hammer is getting these perfectly shaped, yet frigid, Northeast barrels all to himself–wonder why. Was 31 the number of barrels scored, or degrees of the water? (Kidding, you don’t have to tell me what temperature water freezes at.) Either way, Hammer makes surfing in painfully cold water look quite enjoyable and enviable.
‘Surfing in the North East U.S. during winter takes massive strength and even bigger nerves. That long walk across snow covered sand knowing the first duck dive you take—regardless of wearing a hood—is going to be a shocker and STILL paddling out seems like insanity to us west coasters. Russ Roe just put this edit out now that winter has come and gone. Here's what he had to say about the making of it: “31 barrels captured over the Winter of 2016 in case you don't feel like counting.”‘
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