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Spears and Sharks, a epic dive adventure of the coast of Florida.

Hey guys! 

So, I know it has been a long time since my last post on here... Sorry about that. I find it a lot easier to put my time and effort into other social media, but those don't really seem to get the right message across due to a complete lack of interest people give to social platforms. It's time to bring it back here where I can tell the whole story. 

Jack Hendrix, ready to hunt. 

Jack Hendrix, ready to hunt. 

Last week Captain Spencer Reilly ( AKA Captn Goop ) and Jack Hendrix invited me along to go spear some fish off the coast of Central Florida. Of course, I'm going. 

I've done this a handful of times but with every season the fish and water change, so everytime its something new. These two days we put in out there were very new to me! I had no idea what to expect other than I was going to be swimming with sharks and we were going to be finding lots of fish. Two things I love very much. 

Jack Hendrix, details of the underwater rifle. 

Jack Hendrix, details of the underwater rifle. 

Bethel Buoy of the coast of Ft Pierce, Florida. Photograph by Nathaniel Harrington

In my mind i'm thinking we'll get out there. Shoot some fish, maybe see some sharks, maybe and hopefully get a couple chances to get some cool shots of them, and yah see where it goes from there. In reality, we were going to see a lot of sharks and billions of fish. it was full throttle. 

 

 

Just being that far offshore during those flat, windless days watching the schools of blue runner disrupt the glassy surface of the ocean was great for me. It's not an experience I have had often enough to not be completely mesmerized by it, and its something I will never forget. However, seeing it from the boat and seeing it from 30 ft under is a whole different story. Most people won't jump in, and for good reason.  I found out why. 

Blue Shark in a school of Blue Runner. 

Blue Shark in a school of Blue Runner. 

I wanted to capture some of these heart pounding moments in motion, so I did and I made a little video. Watch as Jack shoots cobia off the back of Bull Sharks, takes beautiful mangrove snapper, and wrestles a nice king fish into the pathfinder. We also ran into a school of Mahi and captain goop catches a cobia that was able to stay out of the shark mouths. 

Wow. I still just think WOW when I see these. 

Wow. I still just think WOW when I see these. 

Sometimes the Bulls just want to take a closer look... Jacks experience shows as he stays calm and lets the shark know he's not what they want to mess with. 

Sometimes the Bulls just want to take a closer look... Jacks experience shows as he stays calm and lets the shark know he's not what they want to mess with. 

What a captain. Spencer is such a dedicated charter captain, day after day, getting folks into the right places, and keeping an eye out on everything going on from above. Thanks legend. 

What a captain. Spencer is such a dedicated charter captain, day after day, getting folks into the right places, and keeping an eye out on everything going on from above. Thanks legend. 

Curious Sharks in the lead, shadows behind. 

Curious Sharks in the lead, shadows behind. 

Jack, Locked and loaded. Where the snapper at? 

Jack, Locked and loaded. Where the snapper at? 

He found it, and took it home. A very tasty fish, possibly my favorite. 

He found it, and took it home. A very tasty fish, possibly my favorite. 

A baby sea turtle floated by in the current. This lil guy has come a long way and I continue to wish the best for it. 

A baby sea turtle floated by in the current. This lil guy has come a long way and I continue to wish the best for it. 

A stream of light hits this Bull Shark for a nice portrait setting. Fish everywhere underneath. It is a wild world out there. 

A stream of light hits this Bull Shark for a nice portrait setting. Fish everywhere underneath. It is a wild world out there. 

There's still more I could share believe it or not. But let us skip the repetitiveness and get onto something new. 

If you are curious about booking a fishing charter, and no it doesn't have to have anything to do with sharks, please contact my good friend Captain Spencer Reilly -  https://www.captaingoopcharters.com

He is an excellent angler in the Indian River County area, inshore and offshore. I highly recommend a trip with him. 

Thank you all for visiting my page, give my site a look, and please share. 

-Nathaniel Harrington

Myself - @natehphoto

Captain Goop - @captngoop

Waterman Jack Hendrix - @jackhendrix_

 

National Coffee Date.

It only comes once a year, and it's probably the best day of the year. National Coffee Day yesterday became worthy of a blog post. Spent the afternoon with Chauncey Robinson at the Patisserie in Vero Beach, Fl. Sipping on some joe and talking winter surf plans. 

I do love a good cup of coffee and it's hard to find a better cup than what the Patisserie serves up. Pretty cool cafe with amazing food as well. It was the only choice for National Coffee Day. 

I hope you got your fix on yesterday, if not, just dream into these images and pretend like you did. 

I go with black, and when I'm at the Patisserie the Monkey Bread with chocolate chunks gets me every time. 

Waiting in anticipation for that cup of coffee that will change the day, make it better and brighter. 

Chaun Chaun has been experimenting with tattooing himself. First Tats get dedicated to a cup of Coffee. He's a true surfer. 

Chaun Chaun has been experimenting with tattooing himself. First Tats get dedicated to a cup of Coffee. He's a true surfer. 

Social Media Junky. 

Thank You for a few minutes and sorry for the worthlessness of this post. But hey, it's all for the coffee. 

-Nathaniel Harrington

Florida Spotlight from Surfline.

I'm so amped on this feature which Surfline put out two days ago. 

Inside you will find some seriously good shots from a handful of Florida's finest surf photographers. Also, I am very excited about the interview they gave me in this feature. It's a pretty wild feeling being included with Surfline's top photographers. Stoked is an understatement, blessed is a good way to put it. Shoots Boiz I can't wait for some swell! 

Check it out and enjoy! 

River Lee Underwater.

Teaching River to swim has been a blast! I remember learning to swim myself and I do hope this is a time River can remember for life. She follows right in the foot steps of both Tatum and I. (tatum is amazing underwater...) Such a privilege we have as parents! :) 

The past two days she has really become an underwater girl. Her floaty may possibly be retired at this point. Once your underwater, its hard to be satisfied being above it. 

Here's a short edit I made of River swimming from earlier today. Shot with iPhone 6 and WaterShot Housing. 

Song is Morning Light by Josh Garrels. 

Thanks for stopping in! 

Have a great week! 

-Nathaniel 

Maddie Peterson

With summer upon us Maddie and myself think its time for you to take every extra step and protect your skin!  

Maddie Peterson was in town a month ago for the WSL Pro Jr in Cocoa Beach. She was kind enough to model a few shots for me and SunBum. Limited on windows to shoot we had to go for the middle of the day harsh light conditions, which is always challenging, but then again it does make pretty good sense for sunscreen. 

Maddie is a beautiful person and an awesome surfer rising in the ranks of women's professional surfing as well as professional modeling. Make sure to follow her feed @maddiepeterson_ and enjoy the photos! 

Portraits of Maddie Peterson in Cocoa Beach, Fl for SunBum


One of my favorites, the 30 SPF zinc facestick. This product works better than any other sunscreen I have used. Thanks SunBum!

Again thanks Maddie for the shots and smiles and thank you SunBum for all you do for the surfing community! Protect your skin! 

-Nathaniel Harrington

@natehphoto @SunBum @maddiepeterson_ 

April Swell Part One

where did da waves go man? 

Crazy days.

We all saw the forecast for this swell at least two weeks out and boy did it look promising for a few of those first days. Surfline called for 9-11ft at first, then it dropped to 1-3ft with bad winds, then about the day of the swell it called for 4-5ft with occasional 7ft and solid off shore winds. Thats when we all got hyped and started to lose our minds and that is when the alarm clocks go off at 4am and the coffee gets brewed on triple strength. Haha, typical FL stuff... The real story always unfolds when you walk up to the sand and get your first sight of whats really happening. 

No complaints from me on what turned out to truthfully be a 1-3 ft day with really strong offshore winds. It let us down a little in the morning, but we literally spent the entire day trying to find what we were looking for, and all that time spent searching turned into an honest day's work with a great reward, as usual I would say. 

Check out the gallery of Central Florida having yet one more super fun day this winter. 

I imagine myself sounding like a WSL announcer saying "Oh Chauncey Robinson with a layback jam in the pocket, perfect finish there potz" 

Chauncey Robinson getting fins free on his backhand. 

The real locals, surfing as they always do. 


Jade Morgan. 


Wiley Robinson joined us on his 21st birthday and cracked a few off the top. 

Wiley Robinson Layback. 

Happy Birthday Barrel for this guy. 

Chauncey Robinson finding that rare gem, one of the better barrels we have linked up on in this spot. 

Jade Morgan making sure he found a barrel as well. 

the whip. 

It was one of those days with a lot of down time waiting for tides and such. So i got to hang out with the boys, eat eggs and bacon, and enjoy this FL lifestyle we get to live. Tough days to be a kid. 

This may not be a perfect a-frame but if this doesn't look appealing to you then there is something wrong. I'm amazed walking down to the beach most of the time, especially when the water, sky and land look like this! 

What a day to enjoy. 

This is labeled as part one because there is a part two. Later this day we ended back at Sebastian Inlet and well you'll have to check back in to see what happened there. 

Thanks so much for taking a look, 

-Nathaniel Harrington

@natehphoto @chaunchoo @wileyrobinson @jademorgan