Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what's happening in the shot.
Who's up today: The start of the Boston Tea Paddle, a standup paddle race to benefit Journey Forward, a nonprofit organization specializing in spinalinjury care, at Liberty Pier, June 16, 2012. From far right are Jon Beauchesne and Maura Rosenthal.
Beauchesne: “I was just miserable. I was boxed in. I was down on my knees because I was pinned in the corner. It was taking so long to get the race started. Then when I did stand up, the two guys in front in the picture, they both fell, so I couldn’t get off on the race. But I did pretty well. It was a great event. The conditions there were serious winds and heavy chop. We were getting waves 3-4 feet high. It’s a giant bathtub, very challenging. Even some of the pros fell.”
Rosenthal: “OK, paddle past the starting buoy and do not hit anyone. This was my first SUP race. I was much less intimidated by the racers than by the waves and the wind that were hitting the nose of my board with incredible force. Once I had a chance to actually look ahead to the first buoy, I did a lot of self-talk. I had to continually tell myself, ‘You are balanced and can do this, short quick strokes.’ I think I talked to myself out loud during the entire first leg, but I am sure no one could hear me over the howling wind.”