MADDIE PETERSON, NEW JERSEY, JULY 2016. JULIEN ROUBINET
This is Maddie Peterson. She is a professional surfer and a model from New Jersey. She is part of a surprisingly large surfing community on the American east coast.
We associate the sport with Hawaii and California, but the Atlantic seaboard is also no stranger to Mr Zog’s Sex Wax, as a new book, Ice Cream Headaches, by writer Ed Thompson and photographer Julien Roubinet, proves.
In the summer, during peak hurricane season on the Atlantic seaboard, as Thompson points out, “the water is warm enough to surf in boardshorts”.
Not that it needs to be hot to chase waves, he adds. “In late fall and winter the waves get very good, as long as you’re willing to wear a thick wetsuit and chase them down.”
Ice Cream Headaches is a snapshot of a surfing culture that knows how to ride the swell. Roubinet’s images are a catalogue of big waves and fresh faces. Peterson is one of the latter.