Dec 28, 2010

Coming this Spring the key word.  I need to step up my picture game.  Currently I'm saving up for an SPL Under Water Housing for my camera. No joke I'm putting it all in a shoe box and not touching it till it's time.  By spring I figure I'll have enough money to buy one.  Plus the water will be warmer.

You probably don't care whether I get a housing now or not but I guarantee when you see me in the water with that thing you'll all flock.

Mike C
Dec 26, 2010

 Snow, freezing winds, 40 degree water, inconsistent waist+ sets, made for a barely worth it session today.  After looking at the extended forecast though I said to myself I'm going to regret not getting in the water.  Yes I had a few fun waves but it was so inconsistent that sitting in the water waiting for a 'set' wave was surely not worth it in hind sight.  I had my hood, suit, boots, and gloves on and I was still freezing. At least I can say I surfed when it was snowing....not that cool.

Not like last year (see picture 2 posts down)

I have some more but we'll see about that.

Mike C
Dec 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!

I'm thoroughly disappointed about the lack of waves we've been experiencing this winter.  Next time I have work off, there are waves somewhere within a ~4hr radius, the conditions are good wherever the waves are, and maybe someone or some people to go with; then I'll make a day trip.  Unfortunatley to get all of those things to happen at the same time is like getting the planets to align with the center of the universe matched to the echo of the big bang....sketch.

Hope everyone has a safe Christmas.  If anyone sees Santa tonight let him know to drop some swell in the water that is gonna happen.

Merry Christmas!!!!

This is Oliver, one of my parents cats.  He's pretty cool for a cat.

Mike C
Dec 21, 2010
The title is a play on my first post named "Folly Surf Photos First Day Up" a year ago

I know I said for my anniversary month I was going to post some cool stuff that I've posted over the past year but I was knocked down by the flu for the past 3 or so days.  I'm better now so that's good.

It's official though, Folly Surf Photography is One Year and 2 Days Old!!!  Over that time the blog has received 51,695 visitors!!  Let's keep this going for another 50,000 visitors.  I'm not going anywhere I love Folly even though the waves are terrible most of the time.  I've met too many cool people and taken too many amazing photos to pack up and go somewhere else.

Seriously though the major reason I post these posts is to make you guys, the readers happy.  The most joy I get is when someone randomly comes up to me and says, "Hey are you Mike C? I loved those pictures you just put up awesome work!"  I love that and comments like those are the fuel behind Folly Surf Photography.

From the bottom of my heart, for real, thanks so much for making all of this possible everyone.

Maybe well get some gifts from Santa like last year.

Last Christmas
Mike C
Dec 16, 2010

Sequences from Last Week

All of these are from 12/11 aka the post below.

PWC Assist at the Washout?

This seems to be it for now.  I'm suffering from a cold..blah
Dec 11, 2010

Are You Kidding Me

 It may not be winter officially yet but the water is freakin cold.  Waves were so unexpected and so good today this kid forgot it was December.  I kid you not this photo was taken today. 

And once again I'm not kidding; all of the below photos are taken from today.  Lets all remember what the surf forecasts were calling for today....1-2ft.

 Now kids, none of these photos have watermarks on them so when you go and put them on facebook ;) give the website a shout out.

I know this one is blurry and focused on the rock in the foreground but I like how it turned out.  Oops

This is me!  Courtesy of Justin over at  He has a bunch more photos too from today

Mike C.
Dec 9, 2010

It's On

The hype is real.  Folly Beach will officially be put on the map this March thanks to the Thomas Brothers.  I have no words to describe the trailer just released by the bros today.  I strongly encourage you to navigate over to The Thomas Brothers Blog; you won't be let down.

Thomas Brothers Blog
Dec 2, 2010
Don't freak girls I'm not married.  I'm talking about the blog here.  Just about a year ago I started this little surf blog.  December 19th was the official day.  Admittedly it's when I was terrible both at surfing and taking pictures.  I grew up snowboarding every single winter, every single weekend up North. When I came to CofC I found out the closest mountain was a good 6 hours away.  It didn't click until the summer going into my last year at CofC but I strolled down to McKevlins and just straight up bought a ...Lost Round Nose Fish.  The rest can be remembered through this little blog. 

By no means is my surfing comparable to most nor my photography but through this blog I've met a lot of cool people and done some pretty amazing things.  Throughout the month I'll post some of my favorite pictures, some of my favorite posts, and whatever comes to mind that happened over the past year.  Think the feature film the Thomas Brothers are diligently working on.  (I saw the trailer're gonna be blown away when you see it.)

All the mushy stuff is over with for this post.  Surf talk below.

I probably have the worst wetsuit tan in the Southeast.  It seems like I'm always saying, "We finally got some waves" but the thing is we're always waiting for the waves to come; sometimes for months.  So I got to the beach at 9am deemed it wasn't good enough to take pictures due to the strong cross/offshore wind and said, "Eh I'll surf till like 11 cause it sucks out here." 

At 930am (low tide) sets were pushing the waist+ range with some low tide barrels.  Good thing was it was closing out like it usually does when it's that low.

I never expected I was going to stay in the water until 130p.  Still in the water, I was starting to feel the effects of food deprivation.  I really wanted a cheese-steak sandwich from Surf Bar.  After satisfying my hunger I took some shots around high tide.  Conditions were getting better but the surf had dropped significantly from the late am/middle of the day.  Again like I said yesterday I'm only an average 5'8" but at the peak of the day some head high waves were pushing through.  A little peaky and super offshore but it was a solid day of surf.

The Shots.  All are post 2pm from yesterday...I think

I'm putting more up later.  I'm starving now

Mike C