Announces Winners of Winter Surfing Photo & Writing Contest

Share Article announces the winners of its 2006 "Winter Surfing & Writing Contest." Entries were received from around the world. Images of big waves, ice and solitude are complimented by poems and essays of self-induced, joyfully accepted, suffering. (, a leading provider of New England beach activity and vacation information, announces the winners of its 2006 Winter Surfing Photo & Writing Contest. Entries were received from locations around the globe including Ireland, England, South Africa, Australia, Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. The photos, essays and poems make it clear that winter surfing isn’t for the faint of heart. Only deep passion or mental instability can explain why a surfer like Minnesota’s Jon Kirkeide would drive 100 miles to surf in Lake Superior on a February morning with wind chill of -20F. The winners and other entries can be seen at

Claire Hassett won best photograph for “Nor’easter,” an image of surfer Steve Hasset doing a floater off a wave lip on a big, cold and stormy day. Roy Harrell's "Tips for Staying Warm When It's Not" rang so true with our judges, Cape Cod surfers who personally know the meaning of his words, that they gave him the nod for best written work. Ms. Hasset and Mr. Harrell will each receive $100 plus a surf DVD. A donation of $100 will also be made to their local chapters of Surfrider Foundation, a grassroots nonprofit environmental organization working to protect beaches and oceans.

Honorable mentions and a surf DVD were awarded to: Tina Spadafora for her chilling image of Chris Kelly frozen over on a frigid day at Ocean City, NJ; Peter Milton for his classic pic of a lonely winter wave off the NorCal Coast at Pacific Manor; and Jon Kirkeide for his photo of Luke Kalone in the icy waters of Lake Superior. John Strzepek for his Haiku, “Froze Toes” and Sharon Brown for her poem, “Winter Promise” received honorable mentions and free DVDs, as well.

While winter surfing means different things to different people the entries received by clearly reflect the common bond shared by all of the contestants: passion and devotion to the ephemeral experience of watching and riding waves. Frozen toes aren’t so bad if you get them from surfing empty waves on a quiet day either in solitude or with just your friends.

Spring is here and summer is soon to come. Store the warmth. plans to hold the contest again next year. Brrrr. currently provides complete vacation activity and town information for Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket featuring photographs and detailed descriptions of all the most popular beaches including fresh water ponds and lakes.

Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket have some of the most scenic and pristine beaches found anywhere. Boasting nearly 1000 miles of coastline, there are over 150 fresh and saltwater beaches to choose from. Visitors to can now take a virtual tour of the beaches of Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket. The website will soon have all of New England's most popular beaches available for viewing online. has recently begun offering listings for New England area beach house rentals. Rental house owners and agents are invited to sign up for a free one year listing at

Stay tuned for the next Photo & Writing contest. The theme will be "Fishing". Details will be posted at in April.

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