Got to go on a trip with Alek Parker up in to the Northeast to chase a good hurricane swell. Scored some crazy left points.
It has been a rough winter for Florida surfers and really the entire East Coast. Some may even go as far to say that this winter season was the worst surf they’ve ever seen in their lifetime. It seemed like months went by with only a few marginal days in between. March ended the flat spell and ended up being a pretty fun month. I only shot for about 2 hours but here’s what I shot.
March 6th, 2011
ENE swell 5-6 feet at 9-10 seconds
SW winds at 15-20 kts
Summary – Pretty fun overall. Winds were a bit gusty but the jetty helped block most of it. Dave Speir, Kyle Garson, Phillip Watters, Mike Persichetti, Justin Ellingham, TipTime and some others. Check out the crazy stance barrel at the end of this edit!
Gorkin hit me up and decided to surf the Inlet for a few days. This guy needs to be in the ASP contest in New York come September. He’s got my vote for the wild card spot.
March 21st-22nd, 2011
NE-ENE swell 3-6 feet at 8-10 seconds
E-ESE-S winds at 5-15 kts
Summary – Pretty fun conditions on both days in the afternoons. Gorkin rips, nuff said. Watch the video.
A major cold front with record-breaking temperatures this early in the winter recently delivered perfect 4-6 ft surf to South Beach while most breaks to the north were 2 ft. What was unusual about this one was that the typical ingredient of strong NW winds at 20+ kts for 8+ hours never materialized but the waves somehow did. Winds were mainly W throughout Central Florida and WNW in North Florida up to North Carolina. West winds = good swell in Sobe?? I don’t think it was the west winds that blew in the swell but honestly, no one really knows exactly what produces the goods on these kind of events. Whatever it is, I like it.
December 14th, 2010
NW-N swell 5-8 feet at 9-10 seconds
NW-WNW winds at 15-25 kts
Summary – Fun all day. Really cold out. Baron Knowlton, Pete Mendia, Blake Burns, Greg Badgley, Bryan Hewitson, Jensen Callaway and a bunch of others were out ripping.
Daniel Terry and the Volcom guys put on a a super fun contest that lasted through an entire gorgeous day at the inlet with glassy waist-shoulder high waves. Perfect weather and small fun waves were had and the turnout for the contest was a huge success. Props to Volcom for putting it all together.
ENE-NE swell 2-4 feet at 10-12 seconds
NW-N winds 1-5 kts
Summary – Glassy waist-shoulder high waves all day. BEAUTIFUL weather and mild temps. Doesn’t get much better for a free contest. Gorkin is ASP tour ready for real. What a great year he’s had.
This has been a November to remember. A massive low pressure system pumped NE swell for days peaking the buoy offshore NC to 26 feet at 17 seconds. Satellite Beach and certain spots in South Florida scored the best waves on this one as the winds were north-north westerly for the majority of the swell.
Solid ENE-NE swell anywhere from 3-12 feet at 10-16 seconds
offshore winds in the AM most mornings, offshore all day on the 16th
Summary – I’ll be posting two edits with the Sebastian one being the first one. The South Florida edit will be done a bit later.
I don’t need to say much about this contest as it’s apparent that every year Kechele and the Quiksilver crew put on a show that always has good waves and crazy amounts of talent in the water. I shot video for over 12 hours and came out with sooo many clips. I’ll probably be putting out multiple edits of these two days but here’s the highlight reel of some of the best waves. I definitely want to do an edit for Gorkin as he was able to put together an entire video section worth of waves in about an hour’s worth of surfing. The guy flat out rips. Oliver Kurtz, Kyle Garson, Jensen Callaway, Jeremy Johnston, Fisher Heverly, Evan and Cody Thompson, Tommy O’Brien and Tayler Brothers and many others were all charging as you’ll see in the edit. I shot both freesurfing and contest surfing and combined them for this edit. Enjoy.
ENE-NE swell 5-7 feet at 10-11 seconds
NW-N-NNE winds 5-30 kts
Summary – So many guys were out ripping up and down the beach. Nugget rights were grinding against the northerly wind making for a semi-clean face in the AM hours and PM on Monday. The wind started blowing at 30+mph Sunday afternoon with a 30 degree wind chill making for super tough conditions. Monday had clean waves in the morning and semi-choppy/glassy waves in the evening with light winds and the sun decided to come out! Great contest. Props to Matt Kechele for holding yet another solid King of the Peak and to all the surfers competing and progressing in front of the lens. Looking forward to next year.
Oh, we’re getting a MAJOR swell this weekend, I’ll be on it shooting somewhere a bit south I’m sure. Looking forward to getting some even sicker footage. Stay tuned.
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A similar setup with last week’s storm Nicole, Sub-tropical storm Otto(eventually Hurricane Otto) setup a solid fetch of ESE-SE winds right in Central Florida’s swell window. The winds were forecast to be NW in the morning but ended up being closer to almost straight west, which gave us clean conditions. It was a pretty close to epic morning. It seemed like just about everyone got barreled.
October 8th, 2010
ESE-E swell 4-5 feet at 10-11 seconds
NW-WNW winds at 5-10 kts
Summary – Some bombs were coming through and hitting the sandbar perfectly. Definitely lots of make able barrels were had. Fairly clean conditions with tons of mullet in the lineup with larger dark figures chasing them. Classic day. Look for the sequence of Sean Tubbs getting spit out of a barrel. Click picture for gallery.
Tropical storm Nicole was named and unclassified within 6 hours but despite her short presence, she was able to hook up with high pressure off the SE coast to kick up a decent fetch of ESE-SE winds offshore. The gradient the storm created between a high pressure system and itself sent in some fairly solid waves to North Central Florida and points to the north. New Smyrna was the call as high tide was midday and the winds were looking like they were going to be better (more westerly) the further north you went as the day went on. Luckily my wind prediction panned out and there were some solid overhead wedges coming through.
September 30th, 2010
E-ESE swell 5-7 feet at 10-11 seconds
NW-WNW winds at 5-15kts
Summary – Super wedged waves at high tide with semi-clean conditions getting even cleaner as the day progressed as the winds went more westerly. The waves were almost too over wedged but at times it made for an overhead peak that would give you a considerable amount of speed on the drop. Fun day. Shot this video towards mid outgoing tide going to low so it was a little bit less organized than earlier. Some bombs still came through though. Notice the right where Sebastian Moreno takes off backside and gets drilled. It looks like an OBX type wave.
Our first NE swell of the season and it came in August?? It was a strange scenario for August with a fairly strong backdoor front blowing in a NE swell during the middle of summer. Winds were offshore in the morning and stayed light all day as the wind turned onshore. Lots of talent was in the lineup (Sean Tubbs, CJ Hobgood, Phillip Watters, Blake and Justin Jones, Marshall Algerbra, etc.). This was my first full attempt at a surf edit and definitely learned a thing or to about shooting video. Looking forward to getting some epic surf in the near future in full HD.
April 26th, 2010
ENE-NE swell 3-4 feet at 11-13 Seconds
Light variable winds at 1-5 kts
Summary – Pretty fun waves. Some solid sets came through that took most by surprise.