Jesus Surfs

"Guys, look... right there...."
“Guys, look… right there….”
"Hey guys, look... Jesus is going!!!"
“Hey guys, look… Jesus is going!!!”

Early in the day the winds shifted slightly more West than most of the Island was expecting, causing Surfers all over the place to start pacing around work nervously hoping they would not miss what has become a rare opportunity this Summer: sweet, offshore breeze. Gustiness wrecked the afternoon but as the Sun sank low and tamed the West just a bit, the setup for a perfect evening was complete.

With a few years to smooth out the Beach Replenishment project, Harvey Cedars’ wave has made quite a comeback. Some of LBI’s finest gathered there last evening to ride the big peaks, and it wasn’t long before crowds began gathering to watch the action. A crew of youngsters parked themselves behind me and provided ample entertainment as they assured each other endlessly that these must be professional surfers, while snapping cell-phone pics and texting them off furiously to friends around the country. Way to go kids. Spread the word.

And just like me, their eyeballs and lenses soon became affixed to one surfer in particular, whom they identified and referred to as the mighty Lamb himself: “Jesus”.

And who might that be?
And who might that be?
It's a bearded version of LBI's super-talent, Shawn Casey
It’s a bearded version of LBI’s super-talent, Shawn Casey, tonight performing miracles on a tiny little 5 foot board made of something that felt like balsa wood.
Toob Tomb
Toob Tomb
Out The Back
Out The Back
Up The Top
Up The Top
Angles
Angles
LBI's excellent surfers do often perform miracles and appear to walk on water.
LBI’s excellent surfers do often perform miracles and appear to walk on water. Perhaps those kids weren’t too far off.