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Spring Awakening

We wait all winter for days like this

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Bryce Hermansen, a Business Administration senior, rips through the low-tide waters of Bellingham Bay on a plank made by his company, DB Skimboards. WWU Accounting senior Tony Saddler, a team rider for the company, watches. | Photo by Rhys Logan
WWU student Bryce Hermansen, left, douses Isaac Thomas (’10), of DB Skimboards, a company the two helped start in high school. | Photo by Rhys Logan
WWU student Bryce Hermansen, left, douses Isaac Thomas (’10), of DB Skimboards, a company the two helped start in high school. | Photo by Rhys Logan
WWU student Bryce Hermansen, left, douses Isaac Thomas (’10), of DB Skimboards, a company the two helped start in high school. | Photo by Rhys Logan

It was one of those first almost-warm, blue-sky days of spring when Rhys Logan went out to Bellingham Bay with some buddies last April.

The tide was out; they knew the sandy bottom and flat water off the beach near Locust Street in Bellingham would have great conditions for skim boarding. “You just run along, toss the board on the water and jump on it,” Logan says.

Logan, a senior Visual Journalism major, accompanied the experts. WWU students Bryce Hermansen and Tony Saddler, along with Isaac Thomas (’10, Special Education and Elementary Education) are team riders for DB Skimboards, a small but growing Tacoma-area company Hermansen and Thomas started with some other friends in high school.

Logan, 24, grew up in Waterville, in the high desert plateaus northeast of Wenatchee, and spent several summers tromping the back country of nearby national forests collecting field data for U.S. Forest Service scientists. A co-worker asked him to help shoot a friend’s wedding, and he’s been hooked on photography ever since. Already a specialist in documenting outdoor adventures, Logan’s work has been published in Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, National Geographic.com, Climbing.com, The Bellingham Herald and outdoor adventure blogs.

“I narcissistically documented my own life, and I was able to get a few images that were worth looking at,” Logan says. “It’s stuff I would be doing anyway: snowboarding, hiking, backpacking, fly fishing – the awesome activities Washington provides.”

Especially on days like this.