The Clif Cold Shot Challenge 2.0 Hosted by NYSEA – Standout Shots from Grayson & Hunter

The Clif Cold Shot Challenge 2.0 Hosted by NYSEA – Standout Shots from Grayson & Hunter

ColdShot ChallengeThe Clif Cold Shot Challenge 2.0 is back for its sophomore year!


As if someone had flipped a switch, the Clif Cold Shot Challenge 2.0 kicked off in classic east coast fashion. Winter Storm Grayson underwent ‘bombogenesis’, a rapid drop in atmospheric pressure of at least 24 millibars in 24 hours (Grayson dropped 54mbs). As a result, the bomb cyclone delivered well overhead surf, whiteout conditions, and record coastal flooding. From novelty ‘slurpee’ waves in Nantucket, to a late day window in NY-NJ and grinding frosty barrels in North Carolina, the entire Western Atlantic Basin was pumping.

Olivers Winter Wonderland photo Daniel PullenOliver’s Winter Wonderland – Photo: Daniel Pullen

Warm Skies and Winter Glimmer photo Tredd SmithWarm Skies and Winter Glimmer – Photo: Tredd Smith

Montauk Blizzard Beach Break photo Justin BurkleMontauk Blizzard Beach Break – Photo: Justin Burkle

 Winter Bomb Photo Andrew ReissWinter Bomb – Photo: Andrew Reiss

Rock Solid photo JDNPHOTOGRAPHYRock Solid – Photo: JDN Photography

The Hunt Is On

Just a week after Grayson, Winter Storm Hunter graced the Eastern Seaboard, bringing mind-numbing temperatures and more big, clean surf with it. A fair bit of bravery and dedication was required, as temperatures dropped about 40 degrees in less than 24 hours – seeing highs in the teens with wind chills below zero. Duck-diving was brutal, to say the least. Even with challenging conditions, there has been no shortage of awesome submissions from all three regions in all three content categories, and we still have plenty of time until the end of March.

A Cold Winter Evening Photo ItslandoA Cold Winter Evening – Photo: It’sLandO

Early A Frames Photo Andrew FisherEarly A-Frames – Photo: Andrew Fisher

Winter Bomb Photo Andrew ReissWinter Bomb – Photo: Andrew Reiss

Turning Butter Surfer Hunter Rainis Photo Mike IncitiTurning Butter – Surfer: Hunter Rainis / Photo: Mike Inciti

Warm Winter Day Photo Trevor MurphyWarm Winter Day – Photo: Trevor Murphy

About The Contest

Hosted by NySea, the Clif Cold Shot Challenge is the premier east coast cold water surf photography contest. Running from January 4th-March 31st, the contest is now accepting submissions from Maine down to North Carolina. This year there will be three regions – New England, Northeast (NY&NJ), and Mid-Atlantic – where users can submit and vote on their favorite shots. In addition to expanding the playing field, the contest will have three content categories this year: Air, Land, and Sea. There will be both a public and professional vote, with over $6K in prize purse, as well as $1K going to the surfers in captured in winning photos. With more surf in the forecast, we look forward to seeing what’s to come, so get out there, get the shot OR vote for your favorites, and do your best to stay warm!