Winter storm brings breakers, and surfers, to the north end

Islander Oli Christophersen learned to surf in Washington years ago and has come to love cold waves.

On Monday, when many islanders headed for a sledding hill or found a warm spot in front of a fire, islander Oli Christophersen went surfing. His choice of location: west of the north-end ferry dock. Christophersen said he learned to surf in Washington years ago and has come to love cold waves. With no power at work, he noticed the north wind while he was driving around checking out how much snow there was.

“It looked like potential for a good novelty surf, so I grabbed my stuff and went for it,” he said.

Greg Martin, also a surfer, snapped the photo. He noted that about once a year, conditions are good enough to surf. Both Martin and Christophersen agreed on one of the best parts of the experience: the view of the Olympics with snow all the way from their peaks to the shore.

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