Perfectly Imperfect: Storm Surfing in the Pacific Northwest
Pro boarder Austen Sweetin takes a detour from the mountains to search for surf along the Washington coast, sharing insights on life along the way
"Perfectly Imperfect" is a new short film from Seattle headwear brand COAL, featuring #1 professional snowboarder and The Field contributor Austen Sweetin. Filmed by Kyle McCarty and shot by adventurer/photographer Mark Welsh, the short follows Sweetin on a quick detour from snowboarding for a mystery mission of a surf trip to Westport, Washington. See below for some spot-on words by Coal. And see more from Sweetin here.
“It’s kind of like adventure surfing—you never know what you’re gonna get.” - Austen Sweetin
“Surfing in the Pacific Northwest is mostly an exercise in patience and humility, in managing one’s expectations. Exposure to Pacific storms and open ocean swell from the Bering Sea to the South Pacific, combined with strong tidal swings and plenty of wind, makes for very fickle conditions.
"You never really know what you’re going to find until you crest the dune and lay eyes on it yourself. It's "adventure surfing." The more you monitor the swell, winds, tides, and currents, the more you learn that conditions are often junk, or huge, or blown out, or huge and blown out and junky .. and, of course, it's the PNW, so it's always COLD. Such is surfing in the wild PNW. All of which just makes for a more resourceful, tolerant, and hardy surfer.” - COAL