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3 Slow-Motion Waves From Race Point Beach – VIDEO + Slideshow

PROVINCETOWN – Standing all alone on the vastness of Race Point Beach with the wind howling and the waves thrashing and not another human in sight feels primitive, like being a witness to something immense and secret and maybe beyond explanation.

But it’s just the ocean. Just waves. Nothing more than wind, of course. And a large swath of north-facing sand – Race Point Beach. But is that all? 

At our peninsula’s point along a much larger American coastline where such emptiness is so rare, this all feels like much more than merely ocean and waves and wind. On this chilly afternoon of solitude the beach is ancient, a true place of nature.

There is a saying Harley Davidson riders often use when asked why they love to ride: If I have to explain, you wouldn’t understand.

Well, that’s the ocean and how an empty beach can feel.

But just to be clear, here are three slow-motion waves from a cold January day at Race Point Beach.

And a few photos.

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Brian Tarcy

Brian Tarcy is co-founder of Cape Cod Wave. He is a longtime journalist who has written for the Boston Globe, Boston magazine, the Cape Cod Times and several other publications. He is the author of "YOU CAN'T SELL RIGHT FIELD; A Cape Cod Novel." He is also the author or co-author of more than a dozen mostly non-fiction books, including books with celebrity athletes Cam Neely, Tom Glavine and Joe Theisman. His previous book was, "ALMOST: 12 Electric Months Chasing A Silicon Valley Dream" with Hap Klopp,who created the iconic brand, The North Face.
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