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.
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)
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 🙂
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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.
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 🙂
It was a great day at Johnson and close to the best surf I’ve seen in years in Satellite here:
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
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.
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.
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.
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 🙂
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…
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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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 🙂
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
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.
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.
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 🙂
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.
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.
Big overhead chop continues thru Tuesday and Wednesday, we’ll know more as the swell approaches.
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 🙂
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.
OK, IT’S NOW SHOWING OFFSHORE WINDS FOR WEDNESDAY MORNINGUNTIL 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.
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.
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.
Fridaywaist 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 🙂
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.
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.
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.