Mark Byrnes is a senior associate editor at CityLab who writes about design and architecture.
One adventurous couple took to the beach yesterday behind the snow wall of doom.
It's been a rough week of winter weather in Western New York. With as much as six feet of snow in some areas and more on the way, getting around has been a challenge if not impossible. But behind the snow wall of doom, one couple is killing time by surfing.
On Tuesday, Kevin Cullen and Christian Edie (who document their extreme activities on their Facebook page, "WNY Expeditioners") took their surfboards out to the beaches at Sunset Bay, 35 miles south of downtown. A niche sport in the Great Lakes region, surfers from Duluth to Cleveland to Buffalo can be found catching mediocre waves whenever the weather takes a bad turn.
The adventurous couple is lucky to be having such a fun time. Eight people have died so far as a result of the storm, drivers have gotten stuck on roads, and some grocery stores are running low on food (a deserted Doritos truck has even been raided). Despite a state of emergency being declared, the NFL is still hoping to have the Bills play their scheduled home game this Sunday. With another wave of snow arriving today, the league now appears to be looking at alternative locations.