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Friday is looking potentially Epic with a 3 foot at 12 second ground swell, which could produce chest high plus waves between the Cape and Satellite Beach. More below…

Surfing footage of Chad riding a few nice glassy chest high plus waves in Satellite Beach, on April 22, 2014.

Friday could have stomach to chest high plus waves between the Cape and Satellite Beach with offshore winds up until noon.

Thursday afternoon should also have a strong chunk of the swell coming in late afternoon, also up to chest high, maybe South winds in the 10-15 mph range meaning Playalinda or Spanish House with offshore winds and a slight offshore effect in Satellite Beach.  This would be onshore winds North of Minuteman Causeway, so Thursday you may want to check out the South Streets or further south.

Saturday could have some thigh to waist high glassy leftovers 🙂

Chad exiting a quick barrel in Satellite Beach, April 22, 2014

Chad exiting a quick barrel in Satellite Beach, April 22, 2014

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THREE YEARS IN REVIEW VIDEO  of Johnson Avenue Surfers will be live on January 1st, 2014, yeah tomorrow 🙂

My apologies for not sharing any reports for the last couple of swells we have had;  as Y’all know, my main focus, is to share the Awesome Talent and Efforts, of those that surf from around the Neighborhood, by catching them on Camera or Video.  This may be at the end  of our street, the Jetty, the Cocoa Beach Pier, Satellite Beach and anywhere in between.

Screenshot capture of Johnson Avenue Surfers 3 Years in Review Video - December 2013

Screenshot capture of Johnson Avenue Surfers 3 Years in Review Video – December 2013

It’s taken me 70 or so hours to compile this baby, so that’s why I’ve been away from sharing any updates, and we all know that Surfline, Seaweed and Ross are there for that purpose anyhow 🙂

I will post the Video sometime New Years Day or tonight if I finish in time.  The Surfers present are Chad, Don, Dr. John, Sunny, Me (Oldwaverider), Chuck, Chris (Orlando), Joe (Boston), Lacey, Mike (my buddy from Lakeland), Dave (Sunny’s dad), Scooter, Ron, Tim C., Dennis (Core Surf),  and Paul (Jeremy’s kin and the Emu Bird Man).

I apologize if I missed anyone, and if I did, and you know I have footage of you, let me know, and I will update the final Video.  The Soundtrack part will be provided by Bob Marley, Guerilla Jazz of Hawaii (I hope) and perhaps one other artist.  I tried to use the Shins, but they have the U.S. blocked from using their copyright, so the tunes may have some change if YouTube lets me know.

Thanks for letting me capture the Great Times and Awesome Talent & People in sharing this compilation with You!

Happy New Year, and Be Safe 🙂

Oldwaverider


Photo Gallery from Hurricane Leslie, photos by Mike Melito, and one anonymous Boynton Inlet, FL massive wave.

Incoming ground swell for Friday morning should be bringing in some Chest high plus waves.  Maybe not at the Cape, but the Pier or a couple miles South of the pier should see increased size the further South you go.  The swell angle is so steep, at 9 AM Friday, 49 °, and straight offshore is 90, so our launch pads may block out a lot of this swell, at least the first day. (see rest of update, below photos)

Boynton Inlet, Florida, Hurricane Sandy, either Saturday or Sunday, October 27 or 28 2012, photo by Anonymous

Boynton Inlet, Florida, Hurricane Sandy, either Saturday or Sunday, October 27 or 28 2012, photo by Anonymous

Surfer Girl at Hightowers, photo by Mike Melito

Surfer Girl at Hightowers, photo by Mike Melito

Me (Oldwaverider) doing pushups before the paddle out, unbeknownst to me the photo was being taken :), by Mike Melito

Me (Oldwaverider) doing pushups before the paddle out, unbeknownst to me the photo was being taken :), by Mike Melito

Perfect medium size right at Hightowers in Satellite Beach, Hurricane Sandy, Sunday around 12 PM, October 28 2012, by Mike Melito

Perfect medium size right at Hightowers in Satellite Beach, Hurricane Sandy, Sunday around 12 PM, October 28 2012, by Mike Melito

South Cocoa Beach, Hurricane Sandy, solid 12 foot face (3 feet above and below the surfer), photo by Mike Melito

South Cocoa Beach, Hurricane Sandy, solid 12 foot face (3 feet above and below the surfer), photo by Mike Melito

South Cocoa Beach, Sunday , October 28 2012, Hurricane Sandy, photo by Mike Melito

South Cocoa Beach, Sunday , October 28 2012, Hurricane Sandy, photo by Mike Melito

Nice big left in South Cocoa Beach, Hurricane Sandy, by Mike Melito

Nice big left in South Cocoa Beach, Hurricane Sandy, by Mike Melito

Almost in the pocket, South Cocoa Beach, Hurricane Sandy, by Mike Melito

Almost in the pocket, South Cocoa Beach, Hurricane Sandy, by Mike Melito

We should see chest to shoulder high ground swell type power surf with onshore winds most of the week thru Saturday, and Sunday and Monday, more of the same but less power and a wind swell, however;

Friday morning , the winds switch from NNW at daybreak, toNorth at 8 to 12 mph until around 10 AM, so we could have some semi-glassy waves, thigh to chest high in the morning, at least somewhere between the Cape and 4rth Street North.  South of Minuteman CSWY, North winds are onshore.


Sunday Surf potential is looking great!   More in a minute on Sunday Surf report down below…

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Guess she's contemplating the water temp ?

Guess she's contemplating the water temp ?

Today (Saturday Feb. 4) was a great day of Onshore chest to head high surf!  North RC’s was pumping really nice today, with 4 to 6 foot faces and an occasional 7 foot plus face that rolled through 🙂   Many 70 to 100 yard rides were had by shortboarders and 1 longboarder out there.  (yours truly)

Must be passing the word about the water temp to her friends :)

Must be passing the word about the water temp to her friends 🙂

I took about 250 shots today, only 6 to 8 surfers out at the most at any one time.   An easy paddle out,  which was a gift from above considering how usually  head high plus chop can be a brutal paddle out.  From 11 to 2 PM the winds were probably no more than 12 mph east by the time I left my Surf and Photo session.

His intentions were good on this maybe head high right;  Image 1 of 3 in sequence.  Photos by Oldwaverider.

His intentions were good on this maybe head high right; Image 1 of 3 in sequence. Photos by Oldwaverider.

I hope y’all like variety, but with only 6 surfers out there,  I had to find other photo targets, and the beach at a number of nice ladies soaking up the sun and entertaining their kids or nieces, nephews 🙂

Hey,  one Surfer Girl skinned it surfing there in a 2 piece, and she said she was fine until she got to the boardwalk and the winds started hitting.  It was warm out there today, nice 🙂

Damn , I thought my wax was good ;)  Image 2 of 3 sequence.  North RC's ENE wind swell, February 4 2012

Damn , I thought my wax was good 😉 Image 2 of 3 sequence. North RC's ENE wind swell, February 4 2012

Sunday Surf;  looks like a solid waist high to maybe rib high for the Cape and chest to shoulder high in Satellite Beach.  The winds are now looking to be direct South winds from the Cape to Satellite.   As y’all know,  South winds are slight offshore for the South

Board and Surfer, underwater;  Image 3 of 3 in sequence.  Photos by Oldwaverider (Art)

Board and Surfer, underwater; Image 3 of 3 in sequence. Photos by Oldwaverider (Art)

Streets (4rth st south to 16th) but are 6 to 10 degrees offshore for Satellite Beach when you go South of 2nd light.  The winds are looking to be 5 to 7 mph South at daybreak, possibly SSE until 8 AM, then South around 5 to 7.   So it could easily be SSW for an hour or two until mayb 9 AM.

It was a great, Sunny and uncrowded family day too :)

It was a great, Sunny and uncrowded family day too 🙂

The Cape,  we may have some SSW by 9 or 10 Am for an hour or two, but that comes with 30 to 50 % Isolated Thunder Storms.  South winds are onshore for the Cape, so to catch the glass,  South of Picnic tables is your best bet.

Nice head high drop that tapered off, but still sweet. Image 1 of 5 shot sequence.  North RC's from today Saturday Feb 4, 69 degree water, gotta love it!

Nice head high drop that tapered off, but still sweet. Image 1 of 5 shot sequence. North RC's from today Saturday Feb 4, 69 degree water, gotta love it!

We've all pulled out a little too far on the drop of a steep peak;  but he played catchup real well on this one!  Image 2 of 5 in sequence.

We've all pulled out a little too far on the drop of a steep peak; but he played catchup real well on this one! Image 2 of 5 in sequence.

Working back up to the sweet spot...Image 3 of 5 shot sequence.  Photos by Oldwaverider

Working back up to the sweet spot...Image 3 of 5 shot sequence. Photos by Oldwaverider

A smooth , mellow re-entry, Image 4 of 5 sequence.  Satellite Beach on Saturday, February 4 2012

A smooth , mellow re-entry, Image 4 of 5 sequence. Satellite Beach on Saturday, February 4 2012

When he dropped back in,  though it looks like white water awaiting him, but it actually build back up to a nice inside section :)  Image 5 of 5 in sequence.

When he dropped back in, though it looks like white water awaiting him, but it actually build back up to a nice inside section 🙂 Image 5 of 5 in sequence.

She's back :)

She's back 🙂

One of those 1 to 2 foot overhead drop, sets outside.  No one on a longboard to snag it :(

One of those 1 to 2 foot overhead drop, sets outside. No one on a longboard to snag it 😦

Either way,  it should be a fun morning until the noon 50%  chance of T-Storms hit.

Have a great and blessed Sunday folks!

Oldwaverider


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The best weapon choice for the day,  a Longboard.  Wednesday before Thanksgiving, perfect waist high plus longboard peeling waves.  Photo by oldwaverider

The best weapon choice for the day, a Longboard. Wednesday before Thanksgiving, perfect waist high plus longboard peeling waves. Photo by oldwaverider

FRIDAY MORNING 10 AM UPDATE……Much of the swell is coming in.    The 120 buoy hit 9.5 feet at 11 seconds at 5 AM this morning (Friday morning) of which every reading shows 11 seconds, which will take about 7 to 9 hours to hit the beach, so expect a jump in size and power of the swell by around Noon to 2 PM.   The swell maxes out from around Noon today until Noon Saturday, and then starts to fade away, however,

it still looks like Sunday will have offshore winds down South, maybe Sideshore to Offshore up North by mid-morning (SSW to SW by 9 or 10 AM) with chest to shoulder high waves down South.   Down South will again be best, but hopefully, hopefully it will be waist high plus at the Cape.  If the winds do turn and stay SW,  then by late morning, the Cape ought to glass off too. Either way,  Saturday will have some fun choppy, waves here at the Cape.

The pier will most likely be really, fun Sunday, but let’s hope the Cape delivers better than last weeks offshore day. This ends my Friday morning update.   Below is my update from last night…

Perfect longboard waves on Wednesday, not the best for short boarders 😦           The photos are from mostly Perkins in Satellite Beach.  And one shot at O’ Club   (I’ll let y’all figure which one 🙂

Count your blessing folks, this is the best year of waves in many years, in my humble opinion.   Consistent waves all summer (before any Canes), plus in the spring before summer,  then 4 great Canes back to back.  But, unlike last year when Danielle, Earl, and the first one, whatever,  but last year, all 3 Canes were so close that they messed up the big big offshore wind day, except for Earl.

100 yard plus ride, nice workable wall to carve a little, but kinda boring maybe for shortboarders...but they were out.  Image 1 of 7 shot sequence.  Photos by Oldwaverider

100 yard plus ride, nice workable wall to carve a little, but kinda boring maybe for shortboarders...but they were out. Image 1 of 7 shot sequence. Photos by Oldwaverider

But this year,  we had 4 Canes with 10 to 12 foot faces (Irene , onward), and with perfect glass for each one, and Katia had 2 each 10 foot face days down South.  Then, we had 2 each NE swells with 10 to 12 foot faces on October 10th  and then on November 10th another 8 to 10 with some bigger 11 or 12 foot faces on the drop (bothon the huge clean up sets.  Man, what a year.

Image 2 of 7, nice 100 yard plus ride.

Image 2 of 7, nice 100 yard plus ride.

Anyhow, in regards to Wednesday’s surf call,  Size was way down from what I thought, oops, my bad 🙂 , whatever…………….

But it sure looked fun out there (still licking my wounds as a surf watcher),  down South.  It didn’t really happen up North, except some fun at the pier, I heard it was real fun at the pier.

At Perkins, it was pretty much all long-boarders out, and at 10 Am, the size had dropped maybe a foot on the face as I was told, but it was still really glassy, long peeling waist high waves.   There was certainly some fatter set waves, but mostly a bunch of 100 yard plus, long-board rides.

Continued saga of 100 plus yard ride.  Image 3 of 7 sequence.

Continued saga of 100 plus yard ride. Image 3 of 7 sequence.

How about incoming waves? ……  Well, tonight (Thursday night), we have an incoming NE ‘ster rolling in, which ought to be viewable on the beaches just before dark.  Waist high to head high (North to South) by dark or shortly thereafter.

Only about 5 or 6 surfers out at Perkins.  This guy continues on Image 4 of 7 in sequence.

Only about 5 or 6 surfers out at Perkins. This guy continues on Image 4 of 7 in sequence.

Friday, overhead down South, with brisk ENE winds in the 15 to 20 mph range.

Saturday, more of the same but more Easterly winds, winds slack off some, maybe in the 10 to 15 mph range.

Sunday, shows a chance of the final day of the swell, could be waist to head high depending on the break, so this may be the offshore day.  We’ll know by Friday night.

This swell looks like a repeat of the NE ‘ster leaving us today.  After Sunday,  it’s hard to say if anything will be left.

Image 5 of 7 shot sequence.  The day before Thanksgiving on Wednesday.

Image 5 of 7 shot sequence. The day before Thanksgiving on Wednesday.

It’s great to have waves Thanksgiving weekend eh?  Nice thing too, is not much cool weather, all weekend highs in the mid-70’s each day.  Gotta love it!

Happy Thanksgiving 🙂

Image 6 of 7 in the ride :)

Image 6 of 7 in the ride 🙂

Image 7 of 7 in the ride to the beach, almost.  Wednesday, November 23 2011 Photos by oldwaverider

Image 7 of 7 in the ride to the beach, almost. Wednesday, November 23 2011 Photos by oldwaverider

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