Brian Nevins is a bit of a gift to the East Coast scene. The rare top-level professional photographer who bases themselves out of the East Coast, Nevins, a New Hampshire native, has been on call every year around this time to capture the distinct, tortured, and occasionally year-making phenomenon that is the East Coast hurricane season. After a long, long summer of flat water and minuscule waves, surfers from Florida to Maine watch storms spin up the coast with feverish anticipation, watching the swell predictions rise to outrageous numbers ("10 feet at 18 seconds!! It's gonna go off!!!") only to have their hopes cruelly dashed, the storm spinning straight out into the Atlantic, not giving the home break any more love than a single chest-high day.
Sometimes, however, it does work out. Hurricane Bill in 2009 brought nearly Hawaii-quality conditions to the entire Eastern seaboard with barely a lick of wind in the air, producing once-in-a-lifetime that had only before been the stuff of dreams. At other junctures, that same tropical energy that creates epic swell heads straight for land instead. Nevins captured the aftermath of New Orleans after Katrina and New York and New Jersey following Hurricane Sandy, providing a balance in this beautiful 74-page book between the potential of every storm to die out and fizzle, to destroy, and create the conditions of dreams for East Coast surfers.