The Slurpee Wave Returns

Photos by Jonathan Nimerfroh 

Back in 2015, a strange, albeit beautiful occurrence befell the town of Nantucket, Massachusetts.

The freezing temperatures had turned the sea to an icy sludge, and the waves, well, they looked like they were made out of slurpee. We reported on the phenomena the first time around, and now we’re happy to announce it’s happened again. The slurpee waves are back. Photographer Jonathan Nimerfroh managed to capture them in all their glory once again, and we’re all the better for it. Here he is with the deets:

Date: January 2, 2018

Location: Nantucket, MA

Temperature: 12.0 °F

Ocean: 36°F

With a floundering temperature in the low, single digits this past week, I knew there was a good chance the slurpee waves would find their way back to Nantucket. Sure enough, on the morning of January 2nd, I pulled my car up to Nobadeer Beach and there they were. This time, two friends surfed just beyond the icy eddy, hooting and hollering and holding up giant icebergs above their heads in neoprene gloved hands. I ran up and down the beach, taking as many shots as I could of this freezing, fleeting show of nature. Slurpee waves are the kind of thing you might only be lucky enough to see once, so I count myself very lucky to have seen them twice.

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