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ASF Surf Comp #2.

The ASF Surf Comp Series has been a blast to watch and photograph. Comp #2 was held last week at Paradise Beach Park in Melbourne, Florida. I couldn't be more stoked to spend a beautiful day at the beach supporting the local groms and photographing awesome surf. 


First light showing us smaller, but fun and peaky surf.  

I always have enjoyed the view from the line-up more.. The morning started out with fantastic conditions. 

The surf was pretty much all time for groms like Tommy Coleman, who can actually fit into these well groomed grom-sized barrels. 

Tucking in for one of the better barrels of the day, this grom was all time stoked! He's probably still thinking about that one... 

Chauncey Robinson likes to start his days with powerful sweeping turns.  

ASF Comp Gallery. 


Tommy Coleman finding another nugget to start his day on the right foot. 



... and that was just the warm ups.. 


He was all over anything that barred, Tommy Coleman opened up his first heat with a few barrel rides, letting him easily slide into the next round. 

He was all over anything that barred, Tommy Coleman opened up his first heat with a few barrel rides, letting him easily slide into the next round. 

I haven't met this grom yet, but he's powerful young surfer. One more blast on the close-out to finish the wave. 

As the heats were going through it was fun to watch the difference in age groups as well as the styles of surfing. Some heats it was vertical turns and fin free hacks, other heats the swell lined up for long turns and cut backs. Each heat the surfers had to adapt to the quickly changing conditions. 

Another barrel from Tommy Coleman, just because. 

I didn't shoot a ton of the comp itself. I got in for a few heats when the surf looked fun and when there were competitors out that I have already known. It is my goal to not be a distraction as I know that the competitors need to focus and my presence in the water could throw that off if they are not yet used to it. That being said, I will love to meet all the competitors at some point to get photos for you whether its free surfing or in a jersey. Feel free to introduce yourself to me at the next ASF Surf Comp. 

A special thanks goes out to Chad Carr and Skye Robinson for all their hard work. 

I had a lot of fun! Its great to see the level of competition happening in Florida, keep it up! Thanks to everyone letting me shoot photos of the action. I look forward to next time. 


-Nathaniel Harrington



The comp was missing an important competitor this past week.. her name is Storm Portman. Storm had a severe surf incident very recently and is need of financial support as well as a ton of prayer. I believe that God works miracles thru healing, but also by using what He has given each one of us. If you want to know more please click the below link, if you are able please donate to help her family afford the procedures. Mahalo

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White Balance, ESM Feature.

Special thanks to Eastern Surf Magazine for throwing this in their White Balance collection. Chauncey and I are stoked! 

“The morning that Chauncey Robinson and I linked up for this shot was no different from many other sunrises we’ve seen,” says Florida photographer Nathaniel Harrington. “Very few people were taking advantage of the surf, and the epic sunrise allowed us to get multiple chances to score some shots. There was no wind and it was chest-high at the crack of dawn — perfect conditions for Sebastian Inlet. I personally enjoy wide-angle shots from a distance, as it creates negative space while including the surroundings. I had a few great sequences of Chauncey's brother Wiley, some more air shots, and even some barrels, but this one stood out to me as a little more interesting. I think it's that touch of a fantastic Florida sunrise framed behind the surfer, along with the silhouettes of the fishermen on the jetty, that get me the most. It's the feel of the inlet at its best. The rest is history and it's back to hunting for more sunrises, glassy mornings, and good surfing with the locals. Shot with an SPL water housing, Canon 50D, and Tokina 10-17mm lens.”

Cheers! Lets go shoot some more! 

-Nathaniel Harrington


Backlit mini barrel.

Accepting what surf we our given!

Chauncey and I found a few nuggets the other morning in some less than likely conditions. But, we did link up on this one and that makes this a great morning. 


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-Nathaniel Harrington


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Monday Could Use a Barrel.

Monday's can always use barrels... 

We had some fun surf yesterday! I'll be posting about it later this evening if I get the chance. The wind knocked down the surf in the afternoon, but then some storms went through and cleaned it up! I shot from sunrise to almost sunset yesterday... So fun. 

Check out these two images to start the week of Sea Dreaming. 

Thanks for checking in! 

have a great week! 


Clear water tunnels.

And I almost left the camera at home thinking that there was no possible way waves would be breaking... That turned into me running full speed back to the car to get the camera that I thankfully brought! 

I was pretty amped to come across a few nuggets this morning in crystal clear water. The wind was a tad heavy on it, which gave just a bit more texture than I would have liked. I think if it could have been just a touch more melo we could have seen the bottom and out the back in every barrel. The water is Beautful! I'll try again another day. :) 

Enjoy the slideshow! there's some great shots in there. 


Even got to see a Nurse Shark without having to snorkel! It came swimming straight up to my feet, by the time I put the camera in the water she had turned to leave.. oh well. It was cool to see the sea life out and about in such prime conditions. 

Thats a great start to the weekend!  Hope everyone enjoys theirs! 


-Nathaniel Harrington


Sloppy Surf with good surfing and sloppy shots.

Summed up the description on this post. Here are a few surf shots from the past week & weekend where I have seen some fairly good surf and some pretty sloppy surf. I shot with a few guys who surf really well, and I have managed to ruin a lot of perfectly good moments... 

Here's a few moments I wish turned out better... but, oh well. There's always more to learn and get better at in surf photography! I'm just glad that I have friends who rip! 

Keith found the funkiest wave we've ever seen. It jacked up just as he dropped in to give him this joy ride. The conditions were a little unusual this morning at Monster Hole. Well surfed Keith! 

One that snuck by... 

Keith checking out mini tubes at Monster Hole. 

Those shots were from last friday morning. My first time shooting at Monster Hole. There was a heavy southerly wind bouncing me around everywhere and a lot of current moving all of us around. It was a trick to get any work at all done. Super thankful for the opportunity to swim out there though! 

These shots are from a week ago... Surfed with Nate & Jim Gallagher at Sebastian Inlet. It was a lot of fun out there this morning but there really weren't to many waves for them to surf. Nate's first wave is the one shown below and it was the best wave of the session. Otherwise we were pretty much just bobbers waiting for sharks out there. :) 

Tube! Nate Gallagher found the best  corner he could have found right here. 

A little later a wave allowed for a quick bottom turn and he drove through the crashing lip. Well surfed. 

Pastor Jim Gallagher found a couple fun corners on the inside. 

It's been fun and we are blessed to have surf! Hope it keeps on coming in! 

Thanks for checking in. 


-Nathaniel Harrington.