Hello Winter

Winter has officially arrived. December 21st marks the first day of winter and it came in like a lion this past weekend in New Jersey. With highs hovering just around 30-degrees for the weekend and snowfall piling up around two feet, grab all the neoprene you can. With it though came a quick surge of swell and hard offshores. Here’s a sampling of shots from a disclosed Jersey location shot by Jonathan Hoover. Jon was saying he had to end the session a bit early because his camera was shooting slow and his fingers were frozen. Here’s to the beginning of a cold, hard offshores, surf filled winter.

To check out all of Jon’s shots from the day and his work, head to flickr.com/photos/jonathanhoover.

NJ welcomes winter with open arms. Photo: Jon Hoover

NJ welcomes winter with open arms. Photo: Jon Hoover

Forget snow boots, all you need are your 7mils. Photo: Jon Hoover

Forget snow boots, all you need are your 7mils. Photo: Jon Hoover

Somewhere inside there a man is trying to stay out of the cold. Photo: Jon Hoover

Somewhere inside there a man is trying to stay out of the cold. Photo: Jon Hoover

Screw shoveling, I'm going to get pitted. Photo: Jon Hoover

Screw shoveling, I'm going to get pitted. Photo: Jon Hoover

Ice cream headache anyone? Photo: Jon Hoover

Ice cream headache anyone? Photo: Jon Hoover

Now that winter's arrived it'll be offshore 90% of the time in Jersey. Photo: Jon Hoover

Now that winter's arrived it'll be offshore 90% of the time in Jersey. Photo: Jon Hoover

Looks more like Canada than Jersey. Photo: Jon Hoover

Looks more like Canada than Jersey. Photo: Jon Hoover

Yes, there were a few turns thrown down too. Photo: Jon Hoover

Yes, there were a few turns thrown down too. Photo: Jon Hoover

The Jersey freight train. Photo: Jon Hoover

The Jersey freight train. Photo: Jon Hoover

Let the empty, cold winter surfing begin. Photo: Jon Hoover

Let the empty, cold winter surfing begin. Photo: Jon Hoover