Local Surfer Jeff Cook does Coastal Beach, palm frond, wood Art of Sunsets, Waves, Space Shuttle in background Paintings (5:00 Pm) for Cape Canaveral n Cocoa Beach (posted 04/29/11)


Jeff Cooks Palm Frond Coastal Art Paintings, Sunsets, Space Shuttle, Waves and More...
Jeff Cooks Palm Frond Coastal Art Paintings, Sunsets, Space Shuttle, Waves and More...

Hey check out the local Artist, Jeff Cook and some of his Coastal Art Painting on Palm Fronds and wood.

Sunsetsbeautiful waves formed from palm fronds and wood painted to order.  Jeff has some Space Shuttle over Ocean art, Sunsets all done with Ultraviolet safe marine paint so you can decorate outdoors or indoors without fear of fade.

Prices start at under $ 20 and go up so they’re great for gifts or to spoil yourself 🙂

Send an email to Art with your phone number and we’ll have Jeff give you a call, and you can stop by and check out the awesome work!

oldwaverider

Shuttle Launch, How the Waves were, Surf report Friday afternoon and surf forecast (5:00 Pm) for Cape Canaveral n Cocoa Beach (posted 04/29/11)


Thursday morning (4/28) the waves were a lot of fun, moderate south winds (10 to 12 mph) at our break a 1/2 mile south of 2nd light.  Shoulder high and occasionally larger drops, with chest high shoulders, rights and lefts working, but most were only about 50 yard rides on a long board.  Plenty of chances to get pitched 🙂 But they had some great punch to them with some great fast walls to work until they closed out.  3 of us out, around 7:30 till 10, All to our selves.  Great session.

Friday morning at Hightowers, it was thigh high perfect glass in texture but close-outs after 50 yards or so.  20 minutes after I got out,  the storm from east and north hit and totally blew out the waves,  oh well 😉

We have additional wind swell coming in Saturday thru Monday am in the chest to shoulder high range down south and a little smaller at the Cape, and it appears to hang around a day or two after that.  Don’t expect any glass for the next 5 days,  but there should be plenty of waves to paddle into anyhow.   Hey, we usually start the flat season now so get excited that we have waves.

When we see a window of offshore winds we’ll let ya know.

Sorry, no pics for now 😦

Oh, and sorry, the Shuttle Launch got scrubbed and is now on tentative for Sunday 5/1 some time.

oldwaverider

Surf report Wednesday night plus How the Waves were on Monday night, and surf forecast (9:00 Pm) for Cape Canaveral n Cocoa Beach (posted 04/27/11)


Monday night at Hangers, chest to shoulder high with head high drops,  paddled out at 5:15,  caught one shoulder to head high drop,  (about 150 yard paddle out), and that puppy took me all the way to the beach and I came in.  Which all sessions were like that.  I went home after that.  Yeah, it was 15 plus mph se winds but the shoulders were holding up for lefts and rights.  Great sesh.

Thursday morning ought to be waist to chest high down south,  looks like the winds changed to south (originally weather.com showed ssw for the first 3 hours of daybreak) at 10 to 14 mph until 10ish.    The breaks from O’ Club south have 6 degrees or more offshore winds when out of the south.

If you go down to Spanish House or Sebastian, the angle of direct south winds provides 26 degree offshore, and Playalinda would be 32 degrees offshore with south winds but, oops…………….Playalinda closed with the hopeful shuttle launch.

Okay,  the swell may drop a little but not much for Friday morning, and the winds should be WNW at daybreak, and turning NNW until 10 am, and then by 11 am or later it turns North and then NE.

Get out by 7:30 or 8 on Thursday right at mid-tide, with high (5 am)  going low, which is best for us.

Friday Am, get out by 8 also, otherwise you lose the offshore glass.

Have a great sesh.

oldwaverider

Surf report, Sunday night (Easter) surf forecast (7:00 Pm) for Cape Canaveral n Cocoa Beach (posted 04/24/11)


Monday 7 Am moving period chart screenshot showing the most consistent shape of the swell so far. Compliments of Magicseaweed.com data sources.
Monday 7 Am moving period chart screenshot showing the most consistent shape of the swell so far. Compliments of Magicseaweed.com data sources.

The 120 buoy has climbed from 6 feet at 10 seconds to 7.5 feet at 10 seconds at 5:50 PM today and I believe it will still hit around 8.5 feet some time after midnite. !

The waves in the morning will be in the head high range sometime tomorrow down south, maybe a foot overhead.  The winds are light 7 mph east to se.   It may even have an offshore breeze before daybreak from the land cooling off quicker than the ocean.  I’ll give it a 30% chance of that.  It’s not like someones gonna hold me accountable !

Size should be at least 6 inches bigger than this morning anyhow.

The two screenshots of the seaboard period chart are to show you how Sunday at 7am the water mass area of the swell had a more eratic wind pattern than the Monday morn 7 am chart shows.  It has some nice uniform bands of period color change.

My point,  I believe we may some more power, better pseudo-lines and longer workable walls Monday, even with the slight onshore winds than we had on Sunday (today).  It will probably be big and clean like Thursday morning but with a couple more feet in size than Thursday.

Sunday morning 7 Am moving swell period chart.  Magicseaweed.com data source.
Sunday morning 7 Am moving swell period chart. Magicseaweed.com data source.

Hope ya had a nice Easter.

oldwaverider

How the Waves Were, Easter Surf Fest Contest and Surf report, Sunday morning (Easter) surf forecast (5:30 Am) for Cape Canaveral n Cocoa Beach (posted 04/24/11)


Easter Bunny with Eggs
Easter Bunny with Eggs

The first size of the swell was Thursday, and We were fortunate enough to catch the dawn patrol session (close to dawn:) , South of 2nd light.  It was wait wait wait, until 7:40 ish, and then some chest high glass or semi-glass with plenty of power.

Winds were offshore for awhile, lefts and rights were working.  Four of us in the water only, what a great session!

For Sunday;  the 120 buoy has been pushing 5.5 to 6.5 feet at around 10 seconds now for about 24 hours, ESE winds bringing it in,  so I believe we’ll seem some shoulder high waves down south, and some chest high sets at the Pier and Shephard Park.

If you can catch it, 1 hour after full high tide, and any time for 3 or 4 hours after that, even with the on shore winds at 10 to 15 mph plus,  you’ll catch some long workable left or right shoulders.

We should have waves for the next few days, no offshore winds in sight,  but like I said, catching it high going low, will give you an easy paddle out, and clean shoulders with totally workable walls.

Enjoy the last day of the Easter Surf Fest, lots of good food, great scenery, bonding and all that stuff.

I hope you can catch an Easter Sunrise Service,  our Pastor Greg Le Sieur from Christ Lutheran Church will be at the Shephard Park Sunrise Service starting around 6:45 Am.

Hope to see ya out there!   HAPPY EASTER!

oldwaverider

Easter Surf Contest, Huge swell at Teahupoo photo, and Surf report, Wednesday night surf forecast (9:00 Pm) for Cape Canaveral n Cocoa Beach (posted 04/20/11)


Raimana Van Bastolaer catches the wave of the day at Teahupoo, he caught the best barrell in 2010 for the XXL awards for the monster barrell contest.
Raimana Van Bastolaer catches the wave of the day at Teahupoo, he caught the best barrell in 2010 for the XXL awards for the monster barrell contest.

Thursday morning (tommorrow) looks like it should be chest high down south.  The swell strengthens for a day, not a big jump in size, but more in power, it just hit 4 feet at 10 seconds at the 120 buoy.  The most significant thing, is the winds changed from a south southeast direction to total east, so it will bring in the swell more.

Winds ought to be in the 4 to 6 mph se maybe sse direction and stay light until lunchtime, where they should kick up an increase throughout the day.

The perfect mid-tide time with the low winds is 8 am, low is around 5 am, so getting out at 7 thru 10 should give the cleanest kick for the day.

The photo to the left is Raimana Van Bastolaer who is from Tahiti, one of the locals for Teahupoo, and hey what a surprise, he caught the biggest barrel best wave of the day.  He also won the monster barrel Billabong XXL awards for 2010.  Thanks to Magicseaweed.com for providing the awesome swell photo gallery of Teahupoo.  See the rest here.

The Easter surf fest should have plenty of head high waves or at least plenty of 5 to 6 foot faces thru the weekend, so get it while you can.   Like Ross at cflsurf.com says, it may be the last swell before the PHLAT season,  unless we have a replay of last summer which was a freak and a gift from God.  But we’ll see.

oldwaverider

Easter Surf Contest, Huge swell at Teahupoo photo, and Surf report, Tuesday morning surf forecast (8:00 Am) for Cape Canaveral n Cocoa Beach (posted 04/19/11)


Teahupoo finally had a huge day after a year has passed.  Magicseaweed.com has this awesome gallery of some locals, and some big wave names that caught this swell in the last few days.  Mark Healey on this bomb.
Teahupoo finally had a huge day after a year has passed. Magicseaweed.com has this awesome gallery of some locals, and some big wave names that caught this swell in the last few days. Mark Healey on this bomb.

An easterly swell east/southeast swell is starting to hit our beaches now.  Looks like it hit the minimum to classify as a ground swell at the 120 buoy at 1 Am this morning. (Tuesday morning )

It hit 3.5 @ 11 secs. ,  I just looked at the surf at the end of Johnson, at 7 Am and in another hour and a half,  the full first part of this 6 to 8 day swell should be here.  It looked thigh high on the sets and even with the light onshores, the left shoulders were holding up a little.  The waves don’t hit there size until Thursday and will continue to build a little each day from Thursday morning till at least Saturday or Sunday, maybe even Monday  🙂

Thursday morning should be the first big day of the swell,  with light 5 to 7 mph SSE winds, with 3.5 to 4.0 feet at 10 seconds hitting the beach.   Satellite Beach and Patrick at mid-tide should provide some solid chest high waves.

And,  looks like we’ll have waves all thru the Easter Surf Fest/contest, with maybe some showers on Sunday, but not too much.  As it stands right now, I don’t see a day where the winds will turn offshore yet, but as the swell moves in we’ll let ya know.

Anyhow, we’ll keep ya posted with the winds and as the second and third stages of the swell come in.

Sorry no pics here.  Okay, I snagged one tonight, check out the awesome gallery that was just posted to Magicseaweed.com today here.  In a hurry this morning.

Later,

oldwaverider

Dub Kulcha at the Sandbar & Grille, plus Surf report, Friday afternoon surf forecast (1:30 Pm) for Cape Canaveral n Cocoa Beach (posted 04/15/11)


Three friends from DC listening to the spectacular sounds of "Dub Kulcha", 4/8/11, at the Sandbar & Grille in Cocoa Beach during a week of spring break for many.
Three friends from DC listening to the spectacular sounds of "Dub Kulcha", 4/8/11, at the Sandbar & Grille in Cocoa Beach during a week of spring break for many.

Friday night at Sandbar & Grille , Cocoa Beach was Jeff’s birthday, he turned ___?  Ha, you’ll have to ask him.  Chad, Jeff, John, Daniel? and Myself were celebrating Jeff’s birthday, but like a bonehead, I didn’t take his picture. (forgive the photo quality, they were taken with a phone 😦

I met up with a real nice friend from church at the Grille, the first time we had a chance to hang out.  She was with a group of friends but they had to leave early.  But I will have her out surfing by the end of the summer 🙂

The three to the left were enjoying some time in Cocoa Beach on vacation from DC, and taking in 100% of the band’s great sounds and vocals.

Anyhow, the spectacular Reggae band “Dub Kulcha” was playing, a gift we only get every couple months or so here, and they were incredible, see photos below.  To check their schedule or stay updated check them out here.

Okay,  Surf coming,  we have a large mass of area in the Ocean kicking up a wind swell for us, in probably the 3 to 6 foot face size, which starts to arrive Monday night or afternoon.

It’s hard to even guess, when the winds may turn around for a brief offshore session.  Right now the swell appears to peak in size on Thursday, and slight chance of going offshore Friday some time.   Thursday could have some head high waves down south, at the Cape, yeah some smaller but easier to paddle out too 🙂

Dudley at the keyboards, with “Dub Kulcha”, sorry I don't know the other's names. Friday night at the Sandbar & Grille, Cocoa Beach.
Dudley at the keyboards, with “Dub Kulcha”, sorry I dont know the others names. Friday night at the Sandbar & Grille, Cocoa Beach.


Dub Kulcha at the Sandbar & Grille, Cocoa Beach
Dub Kulcha at the Sandbar & Grille, Cocoa Beach

The waters warm, about 76 degrees at the Cape,  so paddle out anytime at high tide, and you’ll have the least bounce, easiest paddle out, and probably some fun semi-slop chop.   You know that you always get a couple of great shoulders during a chop session.

Have a great weekend, and as the swell gets closer, we’ll give ya updates as to the size changes, wind directions and any other anal-retentive data that I think we may need.

Later

oldwaverider

How the Waves were plus Billabong XXL Nominees 2011 … n Surf report, Friday noon surf forecast (12:00 Pm) for Cape Canaveral n Cocoa Beach (posted 04/08/11)


2011 Billabong XXL Award nominees. from MSW on Vimeo.

Today, Friday, 8:30 to 10 Am, the waves were insanely fun just past 2nd light.  Thigh to waist high,  light offshore winds SW 3 mph,  and the lefts especially were pitching hard enough to make you work to stay ahead.  IT WAS SO CLOSE TO A LITTLE GROUND SWELL, THE LINES WERE FAIRLY LONG, I THINK I’LL CALL IT A GROUND/PEAK WINDSWELL!!

Very few closeouts or very few unmakeable waves.  Breaking outside and all the way to the sand without bumping a rock , probably just a board length or two shy of football field long rides.

And………….. Only 2 of us out,   NO WETSUITS!!!!!!!!!!!!   Yeehawww!

Anyhow,  Saturday and Sunday report, forecast ,  guess, ha, whatever, still looks good for the small incoming possible ground swell still.   As I just looked, the 120 buoy will continue to build throughout today and tonight,  so I believe we will have some waist high plus waves down south (maybe a stomach high set every now and then 🙂

The winds should be light offshore Saturday morn, in the 5 to 6 mph WSW range at daybreak, and rolling around to NNW by 11 ish.  Sunday,  the swell may be stronger but smaller, but WNW winds light, turning North by noon, at least for Satellite Beach.

It was so fun today, and the swell was only 4 feet at 9 seconds at midnight last nite at the 120, and showed 2 foot at 8 seconds at the 20 mile, but it had plenty of punch and long rides today.

Enjoy Saturday Am and get out there early.  Low tide is around 6:30,  so from 7:00 till 10 it should be getting better till the onshores get on it.

Billabong XXL Videos,  you know I can’t live without em,  so I had to place this one in, for the highlites of 2011.  Thanks to magicseaweed.com for placing this one on Vimeo and their site, Enjoy!

Have a great weekend and surf sesh.

oldwaverider



Surf report, Wednesday morning surf forecast (7:00 Am) for Cape Canaveral n Cocoa Beach (posted 04/05/11)


Saturday 7AM moving swell period chart showing possible weak groundswell strength compliments of magicseaweed.com for Cocoa Beach. The consistent medium blue color depicts a 9 to 10 second period swell.
Saturday 7AM moving swell period chart showing possible weak groundswell strength compliments of magicseaweed.com for Cocoa Beach. The consistent medium blue color depicts a 9 to 10 second period swell.

Okay, we do appear to be having a week coming up of small ‘potential’ ground swell surf

The incoming “windswell”  coming in late today, which we hope will become ground swell as it continues to roll in Friday may provide us some waist to chest high waves , sometime late Thursday, with offshore winds Saturday morning and possible offshore winds Sunday morning.

By Thursday nite,  I should have a more accurate reading of the winds for Saturday morning, along with how strong the swell is out by the 120 mile buoy.

At least we should have some ridable waves for a number of days,  when you catch it during the right tides.

I did catch some ridable wind swell semi-glass Tuesday afternoon here at The Cape,  right after the thunderstorms passed over,  knee to thigh high,  but more power than I would have expected for a 5 to 6 second period wind swell.

Follow us closely in the next couple days and we hope to have a positive report of what’s to come.  The moving period chart is here, if you would like to see the animation of the chart at magicseaweed.com.

Until then, have a great mid-week Wednesday,  and if you want an hour of peace and forgiveness, check out Christ Lutheran Church tonight at 7 Pm to here about the last 7 words of Jesus Christ as he was dying on the cross.

Shalom 🙂

oldwaverider