*XXL Viral Videos (Full) – H.264 from Billabong USA on Vimeo.

My apologies, I’ve been away from this puppy,  but….my excuse is,  no real swells until this Thursday.  I heard today (5/8) had some waist high waves, glassy and lots of fun.  I can only track the solid ground swells when I see them.    If you watch the Video, be sure to click the 4 arrows just right of the HD to see full screen mode !

Ross at cflsurf.com does a great job for the daily reports and swell tracking,  and I just get fanatical when there is a full blown swell (non-wind swell) headed our way, then I’ll do the updates as that approaches.  That’s the best I can do for now.

Okay,  we have a nice ground swell NE’r coming in that may give us 3 to 6 days of waves.  As it stands,  the swell starts to roll in some on Wednesday afternoon,  with peak swell size Thursday night before dark.  It should have some head high waves down south with onshore winds in the 10 to 15 mph east range Thursday.

Friday morning, looks like we could have offshore winds (as the swell approaches this could move up or slow down) and chest to shoulder high down south, with a drop in size here at the Cape.   Saturday,  also looks to waist to chest high, offshore winds, and maybe some leftovers on Sunday.  Wednesday afternoon,  I’ll have a pretty clear picture of what the winds should be Friday morning, so we’ll give ya updates throughout the week 🙂

The video above just came out 2 days ago, and yeah,  my fanatical obsession for Big Wave pictures and videos is always looking for the next swell to show.   This one is the 2011 Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards, and youza, Shane Dorian set a new record for the largest wave ever paddled into.   Shawn Dollar had the biggest last year at Mavericks for an estimated 55 foot face.  Well,  they didn’t say how big the face was for Shane Dorian this year at Jaw’s, but it’s somewhere over 55 foot face anyhow.  He also got the best Monster Tube Ride award also on the same wave.  Awesome waves.   Danillo got the Best Ride of the Year with the most insane board flipping drop ever.  Enjoy the video.

And don’t forget Sion Milosky died this year and his wife and children were there to take the award at the Billabong XXL Award night.   We also lost Andy Irons as you all know.  The Big Waves Award is a great night and great video to remember these awesome surfers and the many big waves they have surfed and the friendships they made during those epic days we all remember.

My friend from Lakeland High School John Staeger died from hitting a reef with his head while surfing Hawaii back in 1980,  so we’ve all known someone that doesn’t get to paddle out again.

Thanks for your patience, since its been 9 days since I dropped an entry here.  I’ll try not to wait so long 🙂

oldwaverider

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