The biggest wave ever ridden captured on film, by Ken Bradshaw, January 28, 1998. Estimated 85 foot face wave.
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The biggest wave ever ridden captured on film, by Ken Bradshaw, January 28, 1998. Estimated 85 foot face wave.
I don’t see much in the way of waves for the next week. When I did my morning run to the pier, it did look knee-high and perfect glass, with one guy out. Not enough of a dopamine high to get me out there, but it did look rideable.
Okay, since I don’t have any swells to talk about, I do want to remind y’all that our 10x winner Kelly Slater is waiting for the swell to hit Mavericks so the Jay at Mavericks contest and memorium can take place. Take a look at the surfer line up here: http://www.thejayatmavericks.com/Surfers/ .
Read the story about Jay and why they hold the event. It’s not the same type of memorium as the “Eddie”, but Jay is still someone we can look at as one of those core soul big wave surfers.
Slater has hinted that he may be spending his time in the “Big Wave” events, and who better than the Michael Jordan of Surfing (my apologies for the ridiculous but necessary cliché) to take his 10x winning spirit along with the balls of Laird Hamilton and the many other big wave masters, to the next level of his awesome career, and see him compete at the Mavericks break for the 3rd time in his career.
What can I say, I’m an idiot for watching big wave surfing, and am just mind blown how someone can surf both worlds so incredibly as Kelly Slater.
The photo here is a picture of Shawn Dollar (who will be competing in the Jay at Mavericks) who not only won the Monster Paddle in contest for Billabong XXL 2010, but also set a new record for the largest wave ever paddled into, a 55 foot estimated face size, breaking the previous record of 52 foot. Where else to break the record but in the freezing cold deep waters of Mavericks, Half Moon Bay, Ca. This photo is from the collections of Phil Gibbs, photographer at Flickr.com .
Check out the awesome video with waves and interviews at thejayatmavericks site. http://www.thejayatmavericks.com/
Just another soft-hearted adrenaline junkie who loves watching big waves 🙂
I’m giving about a 20% chance of us having waves Saturday morning. Maybe thigh to waits high if we do, but the NE ‘ster above is pushing west to east, and even though we see some arrows coming from the east-southeast, the area of swell is very undefined.
When you look at the moving period chart, you can really see the inconsistency of any decent size piece of water providing a large swell area. It goes from dark to light, but scattered all over. The 3rd image in this post, shows the Combined Swell Breakdown chart, and you can see at 6 and 9 am that a substantial wind swell in the 4rth column is listed.
The offshore winds which probably start just after midnight, are going to be blowing probably 10 to 15 mph out of the WNW in the Am, and at that kind of speed, it could very easily hold a weak swell way off the shoreline. This may create the 3rd swell in the last image below, that shows a wind swell blowing from the shoreline, out to sea. For a look at the Cocoa Beach Surf Report page of magicseaweed.com here.
Sorry I sound kind of negative on this, but on the bright side we could have a little sun for a couple of hours from 9 to 11 before the big cloudy, 20 mph winds from the west pick up.
If something does make it to the beach, high tide is around 9:15 or so, so either dawn patrol or 11:30 Am is the best time to head out for the tides.
Fingers crossed, but I won’t be too optimistic 🙂
Tuesday (1/18) was really fun at O’Club. It didn’t look ridable at the end of Johnson Ave., but at 12 Pm, I could see that it was perfect 1 foot glass at Johnson, which meant knee to thigh high glass toward Satellite Beach. And it was!
I laughed my butt off, when I saw like 12 or so guys out (mostly short-boarders), and 2nd light parking lot was full!
Anyhow, I had 4 or 5 really fun rides, and every other one was a nice long ride with totally carve-able walls. The guy I was surfing with, was riding a 6’1 fish, and was getting 4, 5 cutbacks off his waves, riding many all the way in. And it was breaking outside surprisingly. He got like 15 rides in the hour and 20 minutes we were out.
Sunday was really fun at Hightowers, (my buddies I tried to get to head down for a South session with me, laughed at me, cause the Port and Pier cams, and 2nd light cams weren’t showing anything 🙂 but the sets were thigh to many waist high waves, (the bigger set wave drops were chest high, just to paint a picture for you). As I mentioned on Friday (1/14) Friday report, because the NE swell angle was pretty steep, the Cape and the Pier would probably be blocked out. And it definitely was. Saturday report also for Sunday.
When I checked the pier, Sunday Am, at 7:15, it was perfect glass with NW winds, very small, not ridable and no-one out.
It wasn’t perfect glass at Hightowers, but semi-glass, because the NNW to NW winds are not the best for a South wind break.
It was a ball for 40 minutes, but then the arthritus set in, and I was a slug with no spring for the next hour, then I headed home. Those 40 minutes were well worth the session 🙂
Sunday morning for Brevard, is still looking like waist high waves, and 6-8 mph NW winds at daybreak, and turning N by 9 am so get out early.
The air temp should be around 55 and clear/sunny by 7:30 Am, and water temp 61 by the Port and 62 down south. High tide is 4:30 Am so being in the water by 7:30 latest gives you the best of our tides , high going low, and the winds should be offshore till maybe 9 Am.
Waist high plus for Satellite Beach. Hope to see you out!
This photo on the left was from a swell that hit Oregon , Nelscott Reef, they had 25-35′ face heights, and most of the guys did tow in, but a couple of the other guys waited until the winds went perfect offshore, and then did paddle in.
I love the closeup perspective of this shot as he’s getting ready to hammer down the face. Check out the 8 shot sequence at magicseaweed.com If only Florida had the type of ocean floor bottom to give these to us 🙂
I’ll take what we get. Later on.
I mentioned the other day that this Nor’easter will throw remants at us for late Saturday, but mostly Sunday morning and possibly Monday.
It should bring some nice waist high waves from South Cocoa Beach, and further south on Sunday morning. It may touch the Cape, but the swell angle is pretty steep.
The winds as of 8 tonight are showing out of the North at 3 to 4 mph by 6 am Sunday morning and turning NNE by mid-morning.
With 3 or 4 mph winds, the North wind breaks of CCB may work, and even Satellite which even though its a South wind area, should still be good. I believe (I’ll stick my neck out a little here :), and say that Sunday morning for 2 or 3 hours we may have NNW or NW winds until 9 or so. With the warming air temp from 43 Friday morn to 54 at daybreak Sunday morn, that warming land mass may cause the winds to blow offshore a couple hours.
Water temp should be 60-61, air temp should be 60 by 9 AM. Best time to get out is 7:30 AM, with high tide going low, with 3 to 4 mph N to NW offshore winds until 9 or 9:30. Of course I’m anal – retentive ! That ain’t gonna change 🙂
We may have some sunshine too, at least in and out! Hey, if you’re stressed out, or life is sucking for you, and you need to get some peace, then after a morning surf session, please visit Christ Lutheran Church with Pastor Greg at 11 Am. Casual beach shorts work fine, no ties… Check it out here.
Have a fun Sunday early morning sesh.
Saturday night, maybe afternoon, the huge Nor’easter engulfing most of the Northeast, may throw some leftovers our way.
I wish I could say we’ll get more than that, but it looks like most of the swell will be pushing west to east sending the brunt of the swell toward England. However, the swell direction does seem to turn toward us with the strength of a small ground swell sometime Saturday late, and possibly light , very light onshore winds for Sunday morning.
Right now it’s looking like waist to chest high waves for South Cocoa Beach and Satellite Beach. It looks as though the Cape may be blocked out of most of the swell, but….I won’t say that definitively. As the swell approaches further, we’ll be able to make better determinations.
In the meantime, enjoy the XXL entrant photo from November, 2010, which was Eric Akiskalian I believe, photo complements of MagicSeaweed.com here.
Well, I see nothing for at least a week. If what is see 7 or 8 days out turns in to something, we’ll let ya know. I know some small waves come and go , but ya’ll have figured out that I just track solid swells (small or big), but at least solid.
Below is a fun session I had by myself at Hangers, back on Dec. 10 or 12, 2010.
You all already know me, I’m always scoping out huge wave videos, especially anything at Jaws/Peahi, Maui.
“One of the massive wipeouts, I understand was Greg long. He had just won the Eddie Aikau at Waimea. I read that he said this was one of the worst wipeouts of his life, but I don’t know how bad he was hurt. Didn’t look like much fun to me. nevans97 post”
THIS NEXT ONE IS CALLED: JAWS MAUI 2010 PASSING THE TORCH , pretty killer music too!
Laird Hamilton passes the torch to the newer huge wave tow-in surfers, he’s over 45 years old, and still out there one more time!
2010 JAWS PEAHI EPIC GIANT SURF. FILMED 1/10/10. LAIRD HAMILTON, IAN WALSH, BILLY KEMPER. MUSIC BY GUERRILLA JAZZ!
I hope to get the Peahi tow in session on Nov. 10, 2010 hear too, but so far I have only found it at MSW.com, and it’s not for public embedding.
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