We have a very cool, unique group of Surfer friends in the neighborhood. And I felt rather obsessed to share the still images and video that I have shot the last few years of as many of us as I could.
I apologize that 3 or 4 people, I was just not around, to get as much photos or video as I could, and in some of the photos, I was forced to shoot footage directly into the Sun, which can definitely degrade the photo or footage. But with that said, I do hope y’all enjoy this, I tried to create in a way to bridge the Young and the Old 🙂
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.
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!
DR JOHN SURF AND A DAY AT THE BEACH ON JOHNSON AVENUE VIDEO
SUNDAY NIGHT UPDATE FOR MONDAY MORNING!!!
Still looks like glass, nice lines, however the size I will downgrade as of 10:00 PM tonight (Sunday). I am calling thigh to waist high glass at the Cape, and waist to rib high down South, with 4 to 7 mph SSW winds. So it should be glassy South of Minuteman causeway, and semi-glass North of it. But………..the winds will probably turn SW for an hour or two, which means glass for everyone, but we will see. If it stays light SSW, it will be fun everywhere. Either way, have fun an enjoy the Summer Swell!
Dr. John I caught a few rides, one nice 10 second plus ride, but I confess, shooting into the sun and other things I have to learn yet 🙂
I did get a collage of people in the film, a Skate-Kite Boarder, Para-Sailing, Runners, a Bi-Plane and a little bit of everything. The smooth jazz piece to go along with it, kept me within my legal boundaries for copyright complainers 🙂
The ground swell actually just started to hit the 120 mile buoy at 11 AM this morning, so it was definitely delayed by a good 6 hours maybe. So the surf we saw this morning, even though it showed 3.5 feet at 9 seconds on Seaweed (the 20 mile buoy is down, so it’s real hard to tell), but my guess is it was 2 foot at 8 seconds.
I do believe that we will have solid waist to rib lines at the CapeMonday morning, and chest high or better in Satellite Beach. The winds are showing South to SSW for daybreak until 11 ish, in the 4 to 6 mph range. I suspect that they will turn SW for an hour or two, but don’t wait until 10 AM to paddle out. High tide will be going low which is perfect around 6:10 AM, so an 8 or 9 AM paddle out should be the best time.
Tuesday appears to have some size leftovers with a slight drop, probably thigh to chest, North to South, and also offshore winds.
How the Waves were Tuesday n Wednesday…………plus our Continued swell report below;
SCROLL BELOW THE SLIDESHOW IF YOU WANT TO SEE THE FULL SIZE IMAGES, CLICK ONCE TO OPEN, AND IF YOUR MOUSE SHOWS A + (plus symbol), click again, I have them at 1800 pixels wide (20 inch wide photos on a PC), since they are zoomed out to much.
Tuesday, I did a late 3:30 PM session in Satellite Beach, and even with 12 to maybe 15 mph onshore winds, there were some very fun lines/peaks coming in. The waves were 3 to 4 foot backs, so an occasional head high face did roll thru. It was past mid-tide high going low, and only 3 of us out, sunny and a great session.
Today, had some nice waist high plus lines at the pier, but I only enjoyed it thru the cams 😉
Thursday we still have some punch left with our 9 to 10 second period 4.5 foot swell all of the day.
We should have more waist high to rib waves at the Cape or the Pier, and a little bigger South.Winds, back down even more, to the 6 to 8 mph range, East, and start climbing up toward 9 to 12 mph, after 9 or 10 AM. (can we try to put a few more numbers into one paragraph? 😉
Friday, (or actually late Thursday night, the swell we have starts pulling away slowly), and Friday thru Sunday, a very mild Easterly swell will push toward us, to keep us with something rideable for the next 4 or 5
days, but do to the weaker swell, the right time of tides will be a lot more important than the strong swell we have thru Thursday (tommorrow). It still should be thigh high here at the Cape and waist high down South in Satellite Beach.Winds Friday, 6 to 8 mph ENE climbing toward 10 to 12 mph East by late afternoon.
I still don’t see any offshore days in the picture, so just like this week, I didn’t jump on the Surf Report binge too hard knowing that everyone new we’d have waves, but no “epic” day in sight if you will.
The photos here are on a nice wave and ride of Dr. John, from our awesome chest high day Saturday, March 10th, when the whole neighborhood was out surfing, at some time or another.
JOHNSON AVENUE SURF GALLERY– 2011 YEAR IN REVIEW, SORT OF (Sept thru Dec.)
SUNDAY MORNING UPDATE AT 8:30 AM; THE SMALL INCOMING SWELL WAS 3.5 FT AT 11 SECONDS AT THE 120, BUT……….it stopped coming in at 11 PM last night (Saturday night), which means about 8 or 9 hours travel time to our beaches, so it was here at maybe 8 AM, and then dropped to 2.5 ft at 10 seconds at the 120 at Midnight which is not the minimum we need for a swell to hit the beach. We need about 2.6 to 3 feet at 10 or 11 seconds to get a ground swell that is ridable here (Ross at CFL surf figured that one out). Sorry folks, no waves. Maybe a ripple for SUP’s and big long boards when the tide gets lower, but the winds turn onshore by noon. But have a great Sunday anyhow with the nice weather 🙂Back to Friday nights update post below……..
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Slept thru the New Year…;)>
A few Johnson Avenue Surfers, 2011 year in review………………photo gallery 🙂
Big, No. ……….Possibly fun and rideable, yeah 🙂 Tonight an Easterly Swell is creeping in and kicking out the steep NE swell we’ve had.
Thursday was great, waist high plus in Satellite, perfect glass, light 5 to 7 offshore winds. It was even comfortable without any suit. Yeah, I did have a rash guard on and it was 1:00 and a nice 60 degrees, so yeah that did help.
Anyhow, Saturday morn should bring some knee to rib high waves from the Cape to Satellite.Light offshore winds SW to West most of Saturday around 3 to 6 mph. I’d say, if it ain’t big enough
here at the Cape, pick your spot in Satellite at mid-tide high going low and you should have some waist high long lines somewhere.It will be 52 at daybreak, but by 9 AM sunny and 60 ° , so if you don’t want the suit to bog ya down, it will be rash guard-able.
Sunday, should be 6 to 9.5 inches bigger on the face, same air temps, offshore from the NW,
but……………………….., it will turn onshore by Noon or earlier. So if you’re gonna do Church, do it at 8, and be in the water by 9:30. May have some rib high waves down South and maybe some thigh high at the Cape.
DON’T FORGET CAPE CANAVERAL FRIDAY FEST TONIGHT!The band is “Vilifi” and they are damn good. (scuse the french). The Fest goes from 6 to 10 PM, great food, great beer, awesome local Art
talent, Vendors, and ya may meet your future companion, hey whatever !
Have a great weekend!
Oldwaverider Film Ministries (one day 🙂
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 🙂
Full size images below if you want to click on them and see full screen.
DR JOHN PHOTO GALLERY
Really nice waves today, I had the next best thing to surfing them…taking photos. My back wasn’t working, oh well 🙂
Anyhow, our Surf Report yesterday said we had a stomach to shoulder high depending on the spot, and I would say we had waist to chest high at the Cape today, with some shoulder high drops. Probably a foot or two bigger down south, but anyone will tell you, these waves were really nice.
There were quite a few people out, though a lot of faces I didn’t recognize, except Dr. John. I took shots at 10 AM and then came back after church at 12 PM, and man, the size kicked up 1 to 2 feet on the face size, the shoulders were holding up a little better, but both sessions were really nice for a glassy wave, beautiful sunny, cool day at the Cape on Johnson Ave.
Anyhow, enjoy the pics of John, and in the next few days, I’ll be posting some more pictures of some unknown faces, including the Gator Girl (who wore orange and blue, and she looked athletic, she got some really killer rides).
Full size images below if you want to click on them and see full screen.
WE HAVE MORE WAVES COMING! … I’ll give the update down below after a couple words about the photos here.
The first actual day of Tropical Storm Maria brought some pretty fun thigh to waist high waves around the Cape and Johnson. I got out late, did a quick sesh, and then wanted to get some pics of Dr. John and some others.
I hope ya enjoy the pics, it was a good time taking the photos, and I do apologize again, I left the zoom on to high, oops, my bad 😉
Dr. John was having a good day, with both great lefts and rights to even out the morning.
Friday surf is the first day I’ll talk about. Thursday, small wind chop, go south if you want waist high or bigger chop. Save your energy. Friday, may get a small additional push of a SE swell, very small push, but…it could very well be waist to some chest high sets depending on where you go. The wind should be West , 4 to 6 mph at daybreak switching to SW before Noon, and then onshore. Could be a fun day, maybe not much power, but a fun morning sesh.
Saturday and Sunday may be similar to Friday. Offshore in the morning, remants of a lingering wind, non-ground swell. I could be way off base thinking this little wind swell that came down as a NE’ster could be hanging like this, but it seems to be coupling up with a little SE swell being pushed ahead of Tropical Storm Ophelia. It’s not actually part of Ophelia, but it seems to be keeping a constant low pressure working out there just enough to push in some mild wind swell waves.
Sunday, late, TS Ophelia, starts really making it’s push from the SE, and should be around 1000 miles East/Southeast of Miami by Monday afternoon. Sunday may have some weird waves from both swells, with offshore winds so it could be fun for most of the day.
Monday morning, could be chest high plus down South, and maybe waist plus at the Cape with offshore winds in the morning until maybe mid-morning.BUT…WINDS ARE IFFY THIS FAR OUT TRYING TO CALL,UNTIL WE ARE 48 HOURS BEFORE THE DAY OF SURF, AND THEN THEY ARE ONLY ABOUT 80% ACCURATE!
Tuesday could be some shoulder to head high waves and possibly Wednesday. This all could change easily, but I just wanted to share what the models are showing right now.
We’ll stop there. Ophelia as the models show right now, may never become a Cane, but it could give us the same beautiful waves that Maria did.
Keep your fingers and prayers up for a good day Friday, and then especially Monday and Tuesday.