By day, Claire Canfield is the operations manager at a hair salon in New York's Chelsea neighborhood. But in the peaceful early morning hours before the rest of the world wakes up, she's on her surfboard at Rockaway Beach in Queens. "I go as often as I can—sometimes five days a week. I surf all through winter. I don't let snow or freezing cold temperatures stop me," she says proudly.
When Claire moved from Colorado to New York City three years ago, she found herself without an outlet. While living in Colorado, she had been a backcountry skier, which she found to be the most peaceful, meditative part of her day. "In New York, there just aren't the types of mountains you can find in Colorado, and I felt like I had no way to clear my head," she said. "Someone told me you can surf in New York, so I decided to take lessons a little over a year ago. I was immediately addicted."