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OUCH! Man, the Sea Lice were absolutely brutal today. The Moon Jellyfish were also floating around in their 8 inch to 1 foot diameter glory. After I felt like someone was testing out a low amperage taser inside my boardshorts, then I was forced to do 3 or 4 reverse dumbell curls with a 15 to 20 pound jellyfish 😉 Overall, it’s pretty funny to think about. The water at the Cape was not crowded, gee, I wonder why. (The reason why the 15 or 20 pound jellyfish, is because I guess this type of Jellyfish really holds water while floating)
Note: As I mentioned a week or two ago, the Sea Lice are larvae from jelly fish, and are the little critters that crawl up your shorts. However, for those that get nailed by a Moon Jellyfish (this text is from http://www.longbeachislandjournal.com/animals/moon-jellyfish; Fortunately the stingers of this species are relatively mild. Most people that come into contact with moon jellyfish have little reaction. Some may feel a bit of a stinging sensation but even this can be relatively mild compared to what can occur with more troublesome jellyfish species. Many moon jellies you find no longer have any stingers attached to them. Okay, now that that is out of the way, back to surf conditions, Photos, etc.
The photos I took last Thursday, at O’ Club, September 8th 2011, and as I mentioned in a post a couple days ago, Thursday morning, it was huge like Wednesday, 1 to 4 foot overhead, not peeling as good, more closeouts, and by 11 ish the size dropped to just overhead, and by the time I took these pictures, it was shoulder to head high, with an occasional overhead wave. It was the first time I used the camera, so yeah, the lighting bites, the sun was glaring on the LCD screen, so it was almost guesswork 🙂 But it was pretty cool, cause the 16 power zoom brought 250 yard plus surfers in fairly close.
How the Waves were today, around 8 AM at the Cape, it was waist to chest high and peeling left and right beautifully. The winds were NNW around 6, and switched North before 11. There were more closeouts than yesterday, but if you waited 5 or 6 minutes for a wave there were 100 to 150 yard rides to be had. I saw Scooter get a few on his 7’2″ inch Quiet Flight board. I don’t know if his trip to Costa Rica had anything to do with his being all over the face of the waves, but he was definitely having an entertaining rip session. His wife was having a great longboard session and was tough as nails with the Sea Lice and Jellyfish 🙂
Thursday, size should be around stomach to chest high at the Cape and close to head high in Satellite Beach. Winds ought to be WSW at daybreak in the 5 to 8 mph range (and a few hours before, so there probably won’t be any 7:00 AM morning sickness like there was today). The winds swing around to NW by 10, NNW by 11 ish, and onshore by noon, so again, don’t hang out late tonight if that keeps you from a great early morning session. High tide was around 9:30 AM today so I guess that brings it to 10:20 Thursday.
Friday the size drops but should still be thigh (Cape) to stomach (down South at Patrick or Satellite) , winds light SW by daybreak swinging to NNW by 11 ish, and then onshore.
We have a Northeaster swell that rolls in on top of the leftover Maria waves Saturday, but it should be brisk NE winds to go with it, so don’t get your hopes up for perfection, if you look at it that way, then maybe it’ll be fun.
Man we have been blessed with great waves!
Have a great Thursday sesh!