How the Waves were today Friday pre-Christmas Eve with Dr. John photo gallery, Update Surf Report (9:00 AM December 23 2011), Incoming Swell late today, Forecast for Cape Canaveral , Cocoa Beach and Satellite Beach (posted December 23, 2011)


DR. JOHN – PHOTO GALLERY

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This phenomenal year for waves apparently doesn’t want to give up yet……The most consistent run of good waves for us all year, along with at least 6 each  10 foot face plus perfect glass waves within Brevard County shores…

Today, or this morning looks really fun, and by late afternoon we have a new possible Christmas Day swell starting to push in.  The swell is coming mostly from the East, so I don’t think we’ll get blocked out.  We may even get lucky with the new swell hitting by 1 or 2 PM and have the winds still a little offshore.  It’s SSW winds here at the Cape, yeah, kinda sideshore w a little offshore, but still looks really clean.  By afternoon anyhow, we ought to see some waist high plus waves.

Dr. John got about the only available left during the sesh.  He squeezed for about 7 or 8 shots on this ride, but the best wave shot was this one.  Photo by Oldwaverider
Dr. John got about the only available left during the sesh. He squeezed for about 7 or 8 shots on this ride, but the best wave shot was this one. Photo by Oldwaverider

Saturday,  should produce some waist to chest high sets, and right now, the winds are showing W to NW until 9 AM Saturday here at the Cape, turning NNW till maybe 11 or 12 and then North. (6 to 8 mph then increasing to 10 to 15 mph once it goes N to NNE)

This was one of the bigger waves of the session, the lip tried to take control, but the rider would not give in :) Image 1 of 7 in sequence. Knee to thigh high swell on Johnson Avenue, December 23 2011, Photos by Oldwaverider.
This was one of the bigger waves of the session, the lip tried to take control, but the rider would not give in 🙂 Image 1 of 7 in sequence. Knee to thigh high swell on Johnson Avenue, December 23 2011, Photos by Oldwaverider.
Image 2 of 7 sequence.  Dr. John on a long cruiser right, light winds, Johnson Avenue
Image 2 of 7 sequence. Dr. John on a long cruiser right, light winds, Johnson Avenue
Dr. John, image 3 of 7
Dr. John, image 3 of 7
Image 4 of 7, long cruiser right :)
Image 4 of 7, long cruiser right 🙂
Image 5 of 7 in sequence
Image 5 of 7 in sequence
Image 6 of 7 shot sequence.  A fun, clean J-Avenue morning.
Image 6 of 7 shot sequence. A fun, clean J-Avenue morning.
Image 7 of 7.
Image 7 of 7.

 

 

Christmas Day Sunday also ought to have something rideable for us, the winds we’ll have to wait and check tonight, but as it stands, it looks to be very light onshore for Sunday AM, around 7 mph SE at daybreak.

Have a great Winter Warm Water Day!  70.5°  , gotta love it 🙂

Johnson Avenue Surfing photos from Big November 10 2011 ENE Swell, Surf update Report (9:15 PM December 13 2011), Big E-NE swell maybe glassy n chest high Saturday?, Forecast for Cape Canaveral , Cocoa Beach and Satellite Beach (posted December 13, 2011)


UNKNOWN JOHNSON AVENUE SURFER GALLERY

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This guy enjoys studying his wife.  Image 1 of 5 shot sequence.  Photos by Oldwaverider
This guy enjoys studying his wife. Image 1 of 5 shot sequence. Photos by Oldwaverider

Click on the images below to see full size image.  Click again when it’s big to see full view. 

When I was watching this guy, it was a trip to notice his style.  It’s fact that he got 3 to 1 on rides compared to the other surfers that were in the water at the same time. (absolutely no debate on this 🙂  If I remember 5 or 6 people were still out on Johnson Avenue this day. (Maybe 11 AM ish)  But he was all about knowing the wave he was on.  On this sequence of 5 shots, when he dropped in, late…..on the wave,  he went right back up to the lip instead of the normal bottom or mid-turn to try and pump the wall to outrun the lip.

Image 2 of 5 sequence. Big November 10 2011 ENE swell.  Johnson Avenue photos.
Image 2 of 5 sequence. Big November 10 2011 ENE swell. Johnson Avenue photos.

But he used the lip to gain momentum, instead of the bottom white water, and this wave that would probably close-out on most surfers, he managed to make it a user friendly wall 🙂

Back up to the top :)  Image 3 of 5 sequence.
Back up to the top 🙂 Image 3 of 5 sequence.

It was a great day at Johnson and  close to the best surf I’ve seen in years in Satellite here:

The next sequence of  7 shots is from an unknown surfer, the same day, down south at Satellite Beach.

Image 4 of 5.  Unknown Johnson Avenue Surfer from November 10 2011
Image 4 of 5. Unknown Johnson Avenue Surfer from November 10 2011

Upcoming Surf !!!…….Maybeeeee,  Saturday will give us glass, and something between waist and chest high waves with offshore winds.  But,  it is 4 days out, but at least the models are giving us a possible offshore day, and may even include some on Sunday, but with heavier

Funny thing was, these 5 shots took place in 3 seconds.  Image 5 of 5
Funny thing was, these 5 shots took place in 3 seconds. Image 5 of 5
Another nice left. Around 10:30 Am, November 10 2011, Satellite Beach.  Image 1 of 7 sequence. Photos by Oldwaverider DSC04497
Another nice left. Around 10:30 Am, November 10 2011, Satellite Beach. Image 1 of 7 sequence. Photos by Oldwaverider DSC04497

winds.   This low could speed up or slow down, but it looks like a great chance of some size and offshores between Friday and Sunday.

In the mean time, it has given us some nice 4 to 6 foot face since Monday,  semi-clean chop at times, like this morning, though smaller, it was very fun.

Image 2 of 7 in sequence.
Image 2 of 7 in sequence.
Image 3 of 7 shot sequence.  Overhead left in Satellite Beach.  Photos by Oldwaverider
Image 3 of 7 shot sequence. Overhead left in Satellite Beach. Photos by Oldwaverider
Image 4 of 7 shot sequence.
Image 4 of 7 shot sequence.
Image 5 of 7.
Image 5 of 7.
Image 6 of 7 shot, Satellite Beach
Image 6 of 7 shot, Satellite Beach
Great time to exit :)  Image 7 of 7.  November 10 2011
Great time to exit 🙂 Image 7 of 7. November 10 2011

Oldwaverider

Oldwaverider photo gallery from December 7 2011 NE swell, Big E-NE swell for 5-7 days, Monday 11 AM update , Surf Report and Forecast for Cape Canaveral , Cocoa Beach and Satellite Beach (posted December 12, 2011)


ART PHOTO GALLERY

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There were rights and lefts to be had.  Probably a chest high wave on these 4 photos, but I kind stayed up high on the face.  Photos by Mike Melito
There were rights and lefts to be had. Probably a chest high wave on these 4 photos, but I kind stayed up high on the face. Photos by Mike Melito

Big E-NE swell here for probably 5-6 days followed by a NE’ ster coming next Sunday…

Today (Monday), huge chop, today is the peak of the swell for size.  We may have some 1-2 foot overhead waves at the Cape, and 4 foot plus overhead in Satellite with brutal onshore ENE winds in the 15 to 25 mph range.

Image 2 of 4, Wednesday December 7 2011 at 4rth St North
Image 2 of 4, Wednesday December 7 2011 at 4rth St North

The size drops very slowly thru the week, but definitely expect head high every day 🙂  No sign of an offshore wind day yet. When the winds lay down, during high tides, that’ll be your most user-friendly paddle out.

Chest high right, but hanging close to the top. Image 3 of 4.
Chest high right, but hanging close to the top. Image 3 of 4.

The photos are from the Big ENE swell from Wednesday December 7 2011 behind Mike’s condo at 4rth street North.  We had waist to head high waves at 4rth Street North with SW winds, so it was glassy, but by late morning the winds kicked up to 12 -15 mpht SSW-SW and the glassy walls started to crumble a little.  I had a great hour session with 5 or 6 long rides to shore, but when I tried to do a 2nd sesh with photos, my injuries kinda caught up with me, and I spent more time doing triple flips as opposed to working the walls. Oh well, still a great day 🙂

Trying to discern my center of gravity ;)  Image 4 of 4
Trying to discern my center of gravity 😉 Image 4 of 4
A sweet waist to rib high left.  Image 1 of 4 of Oldwaverider.  Photos by Mike Melito
A sweet waist to rib high left. Image 1 of 4 of Oldwaverider. Photos by Mike Melito
Image 2 of 4.  December 7 2011 ENE swell at 4rth street behing Mike's condo.
Image 2 of 4. December 7 2011 ENE swell at 4rth street behing Mike's condo.
Image 3 of 4, long left.
Image 3 of 4, long left.
Image 4 of 4.
Image 4 of 4.

It just made it kind tough on my buddy Mike to get some pics of me, but he managed to salvage what I had left…

Oldwaverider

Sunday 4 PM update on incoming big E plus NE swell, Chad Photo Gallery – Surfing pictures from Johnson Avenue NE windswell December 10 2011, How the Waves Were Today, (Saturday 3:15 PM update) , Surf Report and Forecast for Cape Canaveral , Cocoa Beach and Satellite Beach (posted December 10, 2011)


CHAD PHOTO GALLERY

SUNDAY 4 :15 PM UPDATE!   The 120 buoy jumped from 5 feet at 5 seconds from 1 AM this morning to 8.5 feet at 8 seconds at 2:00 PM this afternoon.  Not that this is a surprise or anything, but I bet we have some overhead waves right here on Johnson by 9 AM Monday (since most of this swell is from direct East, we could have a lot of overhead waves Monday 🙂  And, with 15 plus ENE winds but at 9 AM dead high tide, it could be big and fun!  Or, if you’re up for a 30 minute paddle out, head down to Satellite Beach for some 4 to 6 foot overhead chop chop to paddle out to 😉 Here endeth the Sunday afternoon update for Monday. Below is the long range thing I shared briefly from last night 🙂

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Chad snagged this set with a wall that held up all the way for 6 or 7 shots.  He had a nice late drop on this one.  Image 1 of 6 shot sequence.  Photos by Oldwaverider
Chad snagged this set with a wall that held up all the way for 6 or 7 shots. He had a nice late drop on this one. Image 1 of 6 shot sequence. Photos by Oldwaverider

If you want to see the full size photo, scroll down below.  Click on the image once to blow it up, and once again if you see your mouse with a plus sign.

We still had some waist high waves at Johnson Avenue, even some chest high sets rolled through for Chad out there. It was a little cleaner before noon, but it looked fun even from 2:00 to 2:40. Chad must have got 10 or 12 waves in the 35 minutes I was on the boardwalk, lefts and rights. I believe he frustrated the 5 newbies with foam boards in the water next to him, cause they got out of the water after his 4th or 5th ride in a row 🙂

Image 2 of 6 sequence, Chad on the best size wave I saw, NE windswell at Johnson Avenue on December 10 2011 around 2 PM.
Image 2 of 6 sequence, Chad on the best size wave I saw, NE windswell at Johnson Avenue on December 10 2011 around 2 PM.

Incoming surf…………..We have a huge low pressure at sea rolling in with a big ole windswell, bring waves for at least a week so it appears. Looks like some overhead days starting by Monday and continuing overhead through Friday. The overhead may be down South, but

There was definitely enough size to work the wall, as Chad gets a re-entry. Image 3 of 6 DSC05127
There was definitely enough size to work the wall, as Chad gets a re-entry. Image 3 of 6 DSC05127

we’ll at least have some 3 to 6 foot faces hitting the Cape, with mostly onshore winds for 5 to 7 days straight.

We got waves and more waves 🙂

When it starts to show very clean light onshores and a chance of offshore winds, we’ll let ya know.

Same wave, Image 4 of 6, Chad.
Same wave, Image 4 of 6, Chad.
Chad, Image 5 of 6 shot ride sequence.
Chad, Image 5 of 6 shot ride sequence.
Last shot of Chad on this nice walled up right. Image 6 of 6.
Last shot of Chad on this nice walled up right. Image 6 of 6.
Chad on another right. Image 1 of 5 shot sequence. Photos by Oldwaverider
Chad on another right. Image 1 of 5 shot sequence. Photos by Oldwaverider
Image 2 of 5 on this right of Chad.  Johnson Avenue on the remaining NE wind swell we had.
Image 2 of 5 on this right of Chad. Johnson Avenue on the remaining NE wind swell we had.
Image 3 of 5 in sequence.  Chad.
Image 3 of 5 in sequence. Chad.
Image 4 of 5 shots.  Chad caught over 10 waves while I was there, and these 2 held up the longest.
Image 4 of 5 shots. Chad caught over 10 waves while I was there, and these 2 held up the longest.
Image 5 of 5 shot sequence. Chad
Image 5 of 5 shot sequence. Chad

Have a great weekend!

Oldwaverider

How the Waves were Today (Wednesday 6:30 PM update) with Surfing Photos from NE swell at 4rth Street North Wednesday December 7 2011, Surf Report and Forecast for Cape Canaveral , Cocoa Beach and Satellite Beach (posted December 07, 2011)


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Classic Waves today!  The slideshow is a 7 shot sequence of one wave.  (The full size images are below if you want to click on them for full screen size)

My old high school/surf buddy Mike came over from Lakeland and we had a great waist to shoulder/head high perfect glass surf session behind his condo at 4rth street North.  It was perfect glass up until maybe 10:30-11, but when it became photo time the winds jacked up to 12 or 15 mph SSW to SW so the perfect lines and smooth glass were gone, but it was still fun and nice waist to shoulder high waves.  Plenty of 100 yard plus rides were had before the winds change 🙂 !!!  If you want to see the full size images , than click on them below, it is the same photos that are in the slideshow.

My buddy MIke from Lakeland on a nice shoulder/head high right, zoomed way out. 4rth Street North, December 7 2011. Image 1 of 7 shot sequence. Photos by Oldwaverider
My buddy MIke from Lakeland on a nice shoulder/head high right, zoomed way out. 4rth Street North, December 7 2011. Image 1 of 7 shot sequence. Photos by Oldwaverider
Image 2 of 7 sequence, Mike. 4rth street North, NE swell.
Image 2 of 7 sequence, Mike. 4rth street North, NE swell.

Thursday waves…it should get almost blown flat tonight with 15 to 20 mph offshore winds that are bringing in this cold front from the central US.  Maybe thigh high waves with 15 to 20 mph NNW winds switching to N by 9ish AM.  Plus 45 plus ° air temps in the morning. The incoming swell doesn’t have any fetch really since it’s coming off land instead of water, so I think we’ll just have some chop with 3 foot faces or so until late Saturday.  Hit’s too hard to tell with a leaving swell and a land mass cold front blowing it away 🙂

MIke on the same wave, Image 3 of 7 in set.
MIke on the same wave, Image 3 of 7 in set.

Saturday we a small NE’ ster combining with a totally massive Easterly swell that totally combine by Sunday night. Could be some 3 to 4 foot face chop on Saturday.

Sunday, may have some waist to chest high glass (waist- Cape, chest-Satellite),  with a big jump in size by evening, along with a jump in winds up to 20 mph NNE.

Image 4 of 7 in set.
Image 4 of 7 in set.

Monday, big NE winds over 20 mph, and 8 to probably 11 foot chop down South and maybe 5 to 8 foot chop at the Cape by Monday morning.

Image 5 of 7, MIke on a long right shoulder/head high high wave.
Image 5 of 7, MIke on a long right shoulder/head high high wave.
He just got ahead of the section of white water...a nice reward for getting pounded by some white water trying to toss you off your board.  Image 6 of 7 in set.
He just got ahead of the section of white water...a nice reward for getting pounded by some white water trying to toss you off your board. Image 6 of 7 in set.
It was a nice wall that held up forever, even with a slight gauntlet to run.  This guy figures Mike is gonna get dumped on, or maybe he doesn't see Mike on his 100 yard ride.  Only 4 of us out, so the crowd factor was nice :) Image 7 of 7 in sequence. Photos by Oldwaverider
It was a nice wall that held up forever, even with a slight gauntlet to run. This guy figures Mike is gonna get dumped on, or maybe he doesn't see Mike on his 100 yard ride. Only 4 of us out, so the crowd factor was nice 🙂 Image 7 of 7 in sequence. Photos by Oldwaverider

Big overhead chop continues thru Tuesday and Wednesday, we’ll know more as the swell approaches.

Oldwaverider

Wednesday is the Day, Tuesday afternoon (2:30 PM) Surf Report update and Forecast for Cape Canaveral n Cocoa Beach, Satellite Beach (posted December 06, 2011)


WEDNESDAY 5:30 AM UPDATE! The Cape , CCB and SB are all showing winds at 5 mph SW at daybreak and switch to  SSW by 10 ish.  Weather Channel on cable this morn says it will turn SW all day.  This storm has been impossible to nail down the winds 😦 If it does, it starts blowing 15 to 20 mph , so I’ll emphasize, get your light offshore winds early, and also because the swell drops a foot or foot and a half on the face size by early afternoon.

Back to last nights update below:

WEDNESDAY IS DEFINITELY THE DAY!   THURSDAY IS NOT.

Man, this swell is exhausting.  It’s like a spouse with a new credit card 🙂

just kidding!

The winds will be blowing hard all Wednesday night out of the NW at 10 to 15 mph and will be blowing the swell flatter by Thursday morning.  So for Thursday AM the winds are blasting out of NNW at 10 to 15 and the size of the swell will probably be down to waist high at the Cape and Chest down South , but getting sloppy quick during the early to mid-morning.

The new front is rolling in, bringing conflicting winds early, and the existing swell is fading a day faster now.

Wednesday morning, stomach to chest high at the Cape.  (maybe bigger)  Head high plus in Satellite Beach, probably some foot overhead sets.  Winds turn SW around 5 Am and turn SSW by 10 or 11, so be in the water by 8 if you want a solid glassy 2 hour session.  The winds are total offshore down South, and sideshore at the Cape, maybe some offshore with SW winds, but keep that in mind SW winds only give us about a 20 degree offshore wind up North here.  The Cape is at the other end of a curved bay if you will, so if you want shape to the wave, go South of Minuteman Causeway.

Have a great sesh!

Oldwaverider

Monday night addition :) Sunday night Surf Report update 7 PM (Dec. 4rth), Surfing photos of Chad September 13 2011 day one of Tropical Storm Maria on Johnson Avenue, Northeast Swell continues thru 12/9 at least, Surf Report and Forecast for Cape Canaveral n Cocoa Beach (posted December 04, 2011)


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Chad caught the wave of the day for this swell, (which was in another photo gallery) but we are all impressed with his technique and ability of using no wax on his board and yet hugging this left for a fairly long ride. Image 1 of 3 in sequence. Photos by Oldwaverider
Chad caught the wave of the day for this swell, (which was in another photo gallery) but we are all impressed with his technique and ability of using no wax on his board and yet hugging this left for a fairly long ride. Image 1 of 3 in sequence. Photos by Oldwaverider

OK, IT’S NOW SHOWING OFFSHORE WINDS FOR WEDNESDAY MORNING UNTIL 10 AM.  SW around 5 to 8 switching around fast to NNW by 10 or 11 AM.   The Cape, CCB and Satellite models are showing the same thing for Wed. morn;  so we’ll see what happens 12 hours from now 🙂

That also means, that Wednesday showing 5.5 ft of swell at 10 seconds, means head high for us and 2 to 3 foot overhead faces in Satellite.

Thursday is showing offshore but the swell drops to waist to chest high instead of the size I mentioned last night below.

Back to last nights update below>>>

THE BEST YEAR OF WAVES CONTINUES……………:)   It’s hitting 10 feet at 11 seconds at the 120 a couple hours today.  The 20 mile buoy hit 9.5 feet at 10 seconds, so this swell is peaking in size and power for Monday.

Monday the waves should be chest to head high with sum rogue sets at the Cape, and in the morning, we may have winds less than 15 mph, while it brings in the rest of the swell.  Then by Monday late afternoon, the winds should drop off even more.    Satellite Beach should be a couple or three feet overhead at least.

Backsiding the no wax board :) Image 2 of 3 in sequence.
Backsiding the no wax board 🙂 Image 2 of 3 in sequence.

Tuesday, the winds could be less than 8 mph out of the East in the morning, and will be chest to head high again at the Cape, and could have some really clean shape.  A couple feet overhead at least down South.

Image 3 of 3.  I ran out of film, otherwise I would have had more shots on this ride.
Image 3 of 3. I ran out of film, otherwise I would have had more shots on this ride.

Wednesday size drops a little maybe a foot on the face, again with even lighter winds out of the East.

Thursday, is throwing fits, about when it may be offshore.  It was morning, and now, it’s showing around Noon when it goes SSW or SW, and then blows offshore till dark.   The size at the Cape, should be stomach to chest high glass,  and head high plus glass down South in Satellite Beach.   I won’t know the 80% accurate winds until Tuesday lunch time.

Friday waist high at the Cape and chest down South with offshore winds in the morning.  Chilly Friday morning, perhaps below 60°.

We ought to have at least 3 or 4 really fun days of waves in a row, at least Tuesday through Friday 🙂

Have a great week!

Oldwaverider

Saturday morning Surf Report update 11 AM (Dec. 3rd), Surfing photos of Oldwaverider Tropical Storm Maria from September 15 2011, Northeast Swell continues thru 12/8, Surf Report and Forecast for Cape Canaveral n Cocoa Beach (posted December 03, 2011)


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A fun waist high left of me, 4rth street North from Tropical Storm Maria, September 15 2011. Image 1 of 3 shot sequence.  Photos by Mike Melito.
A fun waist high left of me, 4rth street North from Tropical Storm Maria, September 15 2011. Image 1 of 3 shot sequence. Photos by Mike Melito.

A LATE SATURDAY NIGHT UPDATE.  The storm just added another day to itself.  For now, the model for the big offshore day shifted to Thursday now, but we’ll see; it could switch back to Wednesday.  Below goes back to what I posted this morning, the other days hold the same, just Wednesday and Thursday may shift .

Another shameless display of surf photos taken of me on a day I was surfing TS Maria, 4rth street north.   The photos are from Tropical Storm Maria on September 15 2011, taken by my old surf and high school buddy Mike Melito.  He had taken an official day off work from Lakeland, so it was all legal like 🙂

The waves were waist to shoulder high that day, and I just did a 20 minute session in the water so Mike could get some shots of me, so I could come in and get some long overdue shots of Mike and also take some shots of my buddy Ken.

Image 2 of 3 in sequence, yours truly from September, TS Maria.  Photos by Mile Melito
Image 2 of 3 in sequence, yours truly from September, TS Maria. Photos by Mile Melito

SURF UPDATE FOR US!  Well, it looks like Wednesday is shaping up to be the big glassy ground swell day, maybe Tuesday night, but by Monday night, I should know pretty clear.

Image 3 of 3 in sequence, Oldwaverider at 4rth street North.
Image 3 of 3 in sequence, Oldwaverider at 4rth street North.

And yeahhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   I’ll be back in the water after a month.

The swell is still building, it probably peaks in size on Monday in the 8 to 10 foot face range down South.

Saturday (today)  and Sunday it looks like chest high plus waves at the Cape and overhead down South in Satellite Beach. Winds mostly east in the 15 to 25 mph range both days.

Monday, as I said the swell peaks with 7.5 feet of swell at 10 seconds, so it should see some 8 to 10 foot faces, plus in Satellite.  The Cape ought to see some head high waves and some overhead sets, strong East SE winds in the 15 plus mph range.

Tuesday, size should be chest to shoulder high at the Cape with S to SE winds in the 10 to 12 mph range (still to far out to be accurate, but that’s what the models are showing),  and 7 to 9 foot faces in Satellite Beach.

Wednesday, we could have chest to shoulder high glass at the Cape, and shoulder to overhead glass in Satellite Beach.  The winds could range from SSW  to even NNW for the day as it wraps around quickly.

Thursday morning, size drops, but  should still have waist to shoulder high waves from up North to South respectively.

Enjoy the swell, and catch it at dead high tide during the choppy days, and the paddle out will be relatively easy, with cleaner shoulders.

Later,

Oldwaverider