Dave Nilsen

Surf photographer from Seaside Park

http://www.davenilsenphotography.com/

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Sometimes the ocean can make you feel pretty small.

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Cruising on my 7'6 this spring. This was actually a pretty shitty day of surf the wind was howling onshore all day but @clay_pollioni and I kept checking it thinking it was going to clean up. Looked about chest high before I paddled out turned out to be a little bigger. Thanks Mr. Higgins for the 📷

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An old sunset with some added motion in photoshop.

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Still amazed that @robkellysurf stuck this drop this winter. This thing was so heavy.

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Right on the beach but the view is probably worth it.

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We spent the entire night before driving and scored epic conditions all morning. It was still firing as the sunset but no one had it in them to put their frozen wetsuit back on to get one last hour session in.

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@mvgleason in a less than ideal spot in the lower right about to take this one on the head. The wave before probably made it worth it though.

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One of my favorite fisheye shots of @pedroboonman last year during my stay at @thunderbombsurfcamp . The sunrise could have been insane but they were burning sugar cane before the rainy season started so there was a thick haze that let through just a little bit of sunlight.

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One of the best south swells of the winter that had an epic sunset to go with it.

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Summer morning, June 2015.

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Today reminded me that summer can be a fickle beast. Sometimes you get skunked with south wind for both your sessions and sometimes you get giant close outs in warm water. Unfortunately I got skunked both sessions today but back in 2014 @sseeland got a nice close out barrel.

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Happy international surfing day. Waves on the east coast may not be very consistent but when it's good it's one of the best places in the world to surf. @mvgleason winter storm Stella.

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Last years final in Fiji. Wilko on the shoulder before paddling back up the reef.

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One of the rare occasions I end up on the other side of the lens. Thanks to @bencurr for getting the shot. Unfortunately I blew it with the hand drag something I've yelled at my friends for doing for years.

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Milky Way season is well underway now. I hope to get back out there to catch it again soon. Here's one from back in March.

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Happy World Oceans Day. So grateful for everything the ocean has given me. #worldoceansday

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Recently saw the warm and lovable edit from this session at Cloudbreak last summer. Kai Barger was killing it.

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I shot this the morning the swell from Stella started to fill in. It recently ran in the latest issue of @easternsurfmag . Probably the widest and heaviest barrel I've ever seen in NJ.

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Albee Layer taking in the view on a fun day at Cloudbreak last summer. #fijinow #fijisurf

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209 days till winter.

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Driving around last week without out AC when it was 96 degrees made me realize I prefer 20 degree days because my heat still works and sometimes the ocean looks like this.

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Stoked to take 2nd place in the cold shot challenge. Thanks to @nysea_surf and @clifbar for throwing and awesome contest. Thanks to @robkellysurf for sticking the craziest elevator drop I've ever seen in NJ. And congrats to @ryanmackphoto and @mvgleason for taking the win with a sick fisheye shot at golden hour during Stella.

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This spot is usually packed but yesterday morning there were only 3 guys out.

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Shot for an hour today before I went surfing, kind of wish I spent that hour surfing.

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A fun trip up to New England with @Joey pinheiro and @alex_alexalex back in February. @thunderbombsurfcamp tracked the swell and dialed us into the right spot even though he was in Nicaragua. Now that's customer service.

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@gilly732 getting one of the many barrels Stella had to offer. Still digging up Stella shots because I keep finding ones I missed and I haven't shot since so I have plenty of time to keep going through them.

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Moving into the warmer months gets me thinking about the Swells in the Southern Hemisphere. This was a day or two after the Fiji pro last year when a select few including @kellyslater pictured took on pretty big Cloudbreak. A few people towed and a couple paddled and there were some bombs that came through.

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There's a few hours left in the @nysea_surf @clifbar cold shot challenge. The link to my entries are in my bio. Here's @alex_alexalex on his best wave of the day. He was so stoked on this one but not as stoked when he snapped his favorite board a few waves later.

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This was back in January on our first Nor Easter of the year. The current was an nightmare to swim against this day but got a couple. Another shot I entered in the @nysea_surf cold shot challenge. Link to all my shots is in my bio.

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A day of fun waves and great lightning this winter

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