9 years ago by

I totally live a dream life of surfing*, and the other day I think I understood why.

Not only does becoming a good surfer take a lot of hard work, but you also have to wake up early.

We went to Rockaway with Ashley, Bailey and Jessica the other morning to catch the first morning waves. Five in the morning, big smiles (and great style too), it kind of made me rethink my life priorities**. And watching them walk on the beach with the first rays of sun, throw themselves into the ocean and come back to the city a few hours later as New York is still sleeping, you realize that once it gets in your blood, surfing must be pretty powerful. A real passion.

Do you have anything that pulls you out of bed?


* I’ve been dreaming about surfing forever and never actually tried – well I did paddle this year so… – all right, not the same at all.
** Like when I wake up at 7am to go to yoga I’m so proud of myself I talk about it all day and in the evening I get drunk just to celebrate.

PS: Some have found a solution for the ever perfect wave. A perpetual wave, on a river, in Munich. Incredible!

On Bailey: Swim top, Maui Girl; Swim bottom, Acacia; Wetsuit, Roxy; Sunglasses, Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane; Sweatshirt, American Apparel; Board, Yater from Rockaway Beach Surf Club.

On Jessica: Hat, O’Neill; Swimsuit, O’Neill; Wetsuit, Roxy; Shorts, American Eagle; Sunglasses, Carrera; Board, Almond.

On Ashley: Swimsuit, Roxy; Wetsuit, Cynthia Rowley; Shorts, Suger; Hoodie, T by Alexander Wang; Sunglasses, Carrera; Board, Con.


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  • Hey Garance
    Magnifique série! Quelle lumière, ça fait rêver, très pro j’adore!
    Et quoi de neuf chez Blush and Beyond? Colleen vient de poster sur les différentes manières d’appliquer son blush :

    Bisous bisous


  • Caroline August, 5 2014, 9:36 / Reply

    très belles photos et les filles sont superbes aussi.

    je comprends ce que tu ressens. mêmes sentiments quand je croise des joggeurs dans le parc à côté de chez moi en plein hiver par -10 !
    je ne serai jamais comme ça… et c’est tant mieux: il faut de tout pour faire un monde !

  • wow, funny and grat pics!
    Passa a trovarmi VeryFP

  • Beautiful images of beautiful strong healthy women. It is always refreshing to see images of strong women in a beautiful and empowering setting. What makes magazine loose ground is the antiquated/dated image of women in often helpless to absurd settings which mean nothing to me. Blogs and digital media are allowing new voices to tell the better story of women, the one where we gain weight after kids, we surf without make-up, we have amazing careers and honest mothers.

    more more more please of this type of beautiful work

  • Totally agree with you here. These images are powerful because you feel the strength and motivation these women have- all while they’re doing something that makes them feel great. So glad you captured these moments (and so early in the morning!), Garance!

  • Peachorama August, 5 2014, 2:16

    I totally agree – beautiful images of real women – healthy, curvy, strong! I wish women like these are featured on blogs more. They have attitude, style and confidence!

  • I like these shoots, but nothing but my puppy can take me off bed!!
    XOX, Gap.

  • Je n’avais jamais vu des combinaisons aussi stylées! Personellement, ne sachant pas très bien nager, le surf m’est assez étranger et risque de le rester ;) Ces photos sont sublimes, l’aube est vraiment le moment idéal pour les photos! (en plus il n’y a pas grand monde ^^)


  • Ewelina August, 5 2014, 9:53 / Reply

    beautiful pics! I’m officially jealous!

  • Il n’y a rien d’autre qui me fait lever aussi tôt que le surf. C’est un peu une drogue dure, au final.

  • I tried surfing this year for the first time, and I want to do it again ! :) so much fun…

  • I’ve been going to Rockaway over 10 years and I used to get funny looks from friends telling them I’m spending a beach day there (and not at Jones Beach, Hamptons, Fire Island etc), but I like it there, it is close to the city, I can get there early, leave early and still have time to hang out in the city. It’s interesting to see how now Rockaway becomes “trendy” now, as Williamsburg back or Bushiwick now.
    Here is my short video of “no-fashion” surfing at Rockaway if interested.

  • Diane S. August, 6 2014, 11:30

    Great video!

  • Tes photos sont toujours aussi belles!
    Faire du surf et avoir le look qui va avec, ça fait rêver, mais je crois que comme toi, ça n’est pas pour moi.
    La seule chose qui peut faire que j’arrive à me lever un dimanche matin, c’est pour aller faire le sport que j’aime! Quand on aime, on ne se dit pas qu’il faut qu’on se lève pour aller faire du sport, on a juste envie d’y aller et de se régaler!

  • I often wish I could surf. Seems like such a rush…must be soooo exhilarating!


  • Great Pictures ,love the girls ,wonder woman ..i wish i could serf..looks amazing fun..
    my “péché mignon” is swimming early in the morning before people are coming ..such a great feeling..refreshing .. cleans my mind ..great to start the day
    Yael Guetta

  • The gym! I’ve been a morning gym rat since my freshman year of college, and now it’s such a weekday habit that I can’t imagine NOT working out before work. Weekends are bliss, though :)

  • Ce qui me fait lever tres tot : arriver a la mer a 8h30, profiter de la fraicheur de l’eau, m’allonger sur une plage pratiquement deserte, avoir l’impression (avec mon mari) d’etre seuls au monde.
    Belle photo prise dans cette aube rosee.

  • Mieux vaut tard que jamais ! Je viens de decouvrir TOUTES les photos. Elles sont belles, comme d’habitude mais la derniere des trois filles assises sur le sable : magnifique !

  • I grew up 20 minutes away from a beach and always wanted to learn how to surf. But for whatever reason, I just didn’t. I guess I just don’t have a surfer’s constitution.

  • annabella August, 5 2014, 10:58 / Reply

    Aloha Garance!

    Ahem…we’ve been talking about your surf dream on an off for years now. So here i am again to encourage to come to Kauai, the home of surf… I’ve lived here 25 years now, (after 10 years in Manhattan). Many of the women surfers who broke the barriers to surf for women in serious competition..Rell Sun, (oahu), Margo Oberg, Kauai)…on and on….have now contributed greatly to the near normalcy (i hardly even notice “girl surfers” any more when i’m athe beach daily talking surf checks with the girls…and watching them paddle out , by the bunches…like it’s normal as rain!!! there’was just an article about some of the top women surfers..with the girls.mentioning how they are all “feminine now…and great surfers. Back in the day….girls/women had to be tough to make it ‘by’ the guys….but shooot….bethany hamilton straightednd that out. Right this minute Brianna Cope…at 17…has just moved up from number 64 to number 3 (ah, that’s in the world, on the circuit) and off she goes on ‘the tour” to SA with her dad! I’ve watched this confident crew grow up on water…just wonderful to witness!! It is such a souful sport, and learning from the top teachers in the world in the most beautiful water and waves will make the learning easier….yes we have beginner waves here . It’s a sport of the heart, first and foremost (as i see you are getting it…it’s an island thang, Girl!….you know about that yearning….the experience and the water is just so damn beautiful! And no wetsuits)! I could go on and on about alll the fantastic ‘water women” i know. Indeed, it’s such a wonderful time in history….out here i’d say about 30 to 40 percnt paddling out are women every day…and i love, that i hardly even notice. it’s become so normal now! YEA!

    Let me know when your ready….the waves will be here….a million beaches and every wave has a name (i love that)….as in “well where you gonna be? Acid Drop or maybe running waters or waiohai’/?. ..And, personally. I love “surf checks”…, we’re a fussy wave bunch here….we can have anything, so part of the culture is ‘surf checks” of a whole bunch of waves w/in a mile..tops!

    Appreciate some love for us out here….we’ve got a load of hurricanes lined up..heading our way….so surf is excellent….but we do welcome all love and prayers that they’ll just decide to skip us!

    Stay tuned! And when you’re ready we got your back with helpful, mellow teachers…and then onew day soon, you will paddle out…..and stand up and get a full, fantastic ride in…and then you’re a gonner. Hey, you move to Kauai and start a surf blog too:)

    Warmest Aloha!

    ps i used to go to Rockaway too, when nothing else was doable. Loved it, great city beach !

    Happy continuing vacation!

    See you in Kauai soon! E Komo Mai!

  • La randonnée (enfin surtout mon amoureux qui est mon coach de motivation… mais je le fais aussi sans lui!). Et au final, je ne regrette jamais de m’être levée!

  • La plongée sous-marine: le seul truc qui peut me faire sauter de mon lit aux aurores. Et pour porter une combi souvent assez moche et du matos qui pèse une tonne, en plus! Mais quelle récompense une fois sous l’eau… L’émerveillement devant un spectacle naturel à couper le souffle, l’incroyable sensation d’apesanteur, l’impression de faire partie d’un tout… Attention: très gros potentiel addictif, et vrai risque d’épiphanie mystique en mode Point Break :)

  • Romain Gary August, 5 2014, 12:06 / Reply

    The Dawn Patrol …

  • I live in DC. What gets me up and out early is a bike ride through the city — when it’s empty and quiet. It feels like I own it; like it’s my city. In a city that reveres power — I feel a little bit powerful when I glide alone by the White House in the pre-dawn. Anyhow, that’s what does it for me.

  • Hi Garance! love the article, I tried surfing lats year and love it! it’s never too late to try, especially on a long board! One question, I LOOOOOVE the short wetsuit (red black and blue) but your link is not working…:( where can I find it?

  • Hello Garance,

    Superbes photos… Oui je comprends les filles, je fais pareil pour partir en montagne. Se lever tot ça fait partie du rituel, mettre son pull (en plein mois d’aout!), partir de nuit quand la ville est calme, commencer à marcher alors que le soleil se lève à peine et si possible arriver au sommet avant la chaleur, la brume et le monde pour admirer la Corse à perte de vue…


  • Alexandra August, 5 2014, 1:17 / Reply

    Garance, I just love you. You’re the cutest in the world.

  • love passion……I am a morning person…..but i a balanced…my wakeup passion is the sun…

  • So nice and refreshing to see photos of healthy female bodies! Not thin, anorexic bodies, but strong and fit ones. Thank you, Garance, for showing some variety. As for surfing, it is on my bucket list for sure! Why do I keep putting it off? Partly it’s because I feel like the ocean is extremely strong and powerful, so I have a certain fear of it. But also a reverence too. I feel like it takes a lot of courage and bravery to surf, which is why I need to do it! I did try it once when out in CA–it is definitely something that looks easy, but once you try it you realize it requires an incredible amount of strength–in so many ways.

  • Un jogging sur la corniche de Beyrouth, une rando pour un sommet en montagne, du ski nautique, et à tester soon, du paddle dans la baiie de St Jean de Luz. Et à chaque fois, un énorme kiff, l’impression que la journée m’appartient, et le sentiment incroyable de bien être après l’effort. Que du bonheur !!!

  • Je te rassure: à Munich il faut aussi se lever à 5h du mat pour ne pas avoir à attendre des heures avant d’essayer de surfer cette vague (parce qu’en plus c’est super dur !!).
    Aller Garance il faut se lancer, c’est pas si dur que ça finalement ;-)

  • Pas besoin d’aller à Munich, suffit de traverser les Adirondacks jusqu’à Montréal, de repérer Habitat 67 de Moshe Safdie et de surfer sur le fleuve juste derrière.

  • cricket August, 5 2014, 4:22 / Reply

    Je peux me lever à des heures insensées pour une randonnée à ski au printemps. Quand le réveil sonne c’est toujours en mode “plus jamais ça” et enfin de journée quand la montagne a été belle et qu’on a fait un beau voyage et partagé de belles émotions, c’est un tel bliss que je replonge dès le week-end suivant.

  • You should try… surfing is an addiction that will change your life.
    And…..maybe next time you shoot surfing in Rockaway, you can shoot a real surf brand with its HQ’s in rockaway… MI OLA.

    We combine Fashion, Fit , Function and Fun. And we’ll keep you covered no matter the wipeout.

  • I recently went to visit my father’s home town, at the Southern part of our country, coasted by the Pacific Ocean, and the locals are good swimmers and there were a lot of surfers. I surely wanted to try it out, but I am so afraid of swimming in the ocean. Maybe some day.

  • Les photos sont juste magnifiques.
    Tes amies ont un look extraordinaire dans leur combi. Je trouve qu’elle font un peu vintage.
    J’adore.Ca fait rêver votre petite virée surf même à 5 h 30.

  • A voir leurs visages radieux, on se dit que se lever aux aurores pour sa passion n’a que du bon! ;)

  • the sun rising. that’s just enough for me.
    and if not – breakfasst!!

  • Audrey L. August, 6 2014, 4:05 / Reply

    Tes photos sont magnifiques Garance. Moi je suis entourée de surfeurs alors je comprends cette passion. Et observer le levée du soleil sur la plage déserte, c’est magique non ? L’ambiance est très spéciale à ce moment de la journée.
    Pour ce qui est de la vague perpétuelle, nous avons ça aussi en France, en Gironde plus précisément. Cela s’appelle un mascaret.
    Bonne journée à toi.

  • It is the best thing in the world, and the feeling after is what makes you addicted, nothing can touch you, you just feel so relaxed. Gorgeous photos, you got in the water to make them, would love to see how, and what camera you used.

  • Clotilde August, 6 2014, 7:07 / Reply

    La campagne, la montagne, et même une ville inconnue, n’importe quoi peut me faire lever tôt. En fait, je suis du matin je crois!

  • Katherine August, 6 2014, 8:43 / Reply

    My Jack Russell gets me (makes me) up in the morning to take him out. Then I draw for
    a bit. It takes a while to wake up and I admire anyone who can exercise in the morning,
    especially surf!

  • LisaLou August, 6 2014, 9:38 / Reply

    Awesome pictures!
    I wish I could wake up and surf every morning.

  • Oh yes the Isar wave in Munich, it’s famous and one of a kind though you have to be skilled it can kill you, I have heard.

  • Perso, j’aime beaucoup faire du surf, mais en faire avec une bande de bonnes copines, j’en rêve… :)

  • garance your ** note totally made me laugh out loud.

    while i do get out of bed for yoga now, it’s taken me years of trying to do something, anything in the morning to get me up. only when it became a somewhat spiritual practice for me – done right beside my bed! – was i finally able to get up without talking myself out of it.

  • Oh là là mais ça fait tellement rêver ! J’avoue que je n’aurai jamais leur courage, je n’arrive jamais à me lever aux aurores, mais les photos sont tellement sublimes que je me remets en question !

    En tout cas si tu te mets au surf, on veut les photos :)

  • Your photos are always so perfectly done, Garance?

  • Nail on the head with this post! Surfing is the single most addictive, all-engrossing thing I’ve ever done. It’s also the thing that’s made me the happiest.

  • Beautiful pictures, but they give me an ache of longing in my heart, because I love surfing and the sea, but I just don’t manage to get out there very often. Oh, to live right by the waves!

  • Once a surfer the feel and join never vanish. The take on life follow me in everything I do. Sea and surf makes the best meditation nature can provide. Remember to hang loose now and again and enjoy the natural lifestyle – you don’t have to be a surfer to do so – but if you dress the attitude it will definately help you to understand true inner value.

  • Mathilde August, 8 2014, 4:32 / Reply

    Ah, j’avoue que se lever aux aurores ou rester à la plage très tard pour attendre la marée et taper une session parfaite… en été c’est probablement ce que j’aime le plus. La lumière est aussi toujours plus belle à 7h du matin ou à 20h, donc pour les photos c’est encore mieux. Et puis il n’y a presque plus grand monde dans l’eau donc plus trop de soucis avec les touristes qui n’y connaissent rien aux priorités et qui font les malins plus qu’ils ne surfent vraiment.

  • Le surf me tente énormément, j’adorerais essayer quand j’irai habiter ailleurs que dans ma petite Belgique


  • I just spent a couple days surfing in Ecuador, and it was so much fun! It was the first time I was able to stand up on the board =D

    {Teffy’s Perks} X

  • Guillermin Anna August, 14 2014, 12:08 / Reply

    Alors oui moi aussi j’ai le SURF qui me motive plus que tout pendant les vacances pour me lever tôt le matin, depuis maintenant des années ^^ dis toi même que j’y vais en hiver parfois ! Et même si l’eau est a 13 on trouve toujours la motiv’ !… et puis à l’année je suis danseuse donc touuuuuut les matins cest la banane pour aller bosser (enfin presque tout les matins) =)

    PS : le paddle a des similitudes avec le surf, beaucoup de surfeurs s’amusent a prendre des vagues en paddle c’est funny !

  • Guillermin Anna August, 14 2014, 12:09 / Reply

    PPS : Tu pourrais nous dire les marques de leurs superbes combi s’il te plaît ?????? =D

  • Garance, your paddle is just the beginning! I’ve decided to learn to surf this (Australian) summer. I’m not a strong swimmer so I thought it was something I’d never do, but I’ve decided to conquer my fears!

  • Garance, ces photos sont géniales. Ton style est de plus en plus affiné et profond.
    “L’élève avait dépassé le maître” et depuis un moment…
    Je me fais une séance rattrapage après plus de deux mois sans être allée sur le blog :)
    Bonne soirée à toutes et tous!

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