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!
Tropical Storm Erin should give some waist to possible chest high chop waves Sunday thru Wednesday, and maybe a Waist high glassy morning on Thursday, or Friday, or somewhere in there, if the storm doesn’t weaken anymore. 🙂 As soon as it gets 150 miles North of Central Florida, those winds could blow offshore and give us some glass.
CLEAN YOUR SURFBOARD ! Yes, I just stripped my Winter wax off my board, and yes, it was melting before I got it into the water during the last swell 🙂
Below is a link to a great article about cleaning your wax. And for the final touches, Turpentine or Gasoline works to get the residue off. NO ACETONE OR MINERAL SPIRITS ! THAT WILL DAMAGE THE FINISH ON YOUR BOARD !
Small swell coming in Wednesday and Thursday morning, maybe thigh high down south, with 8 to 10 mph onshore winds Wednesday morning, and maybe light SSE winds Thursday morning, and a slight chance of offshore Thursday morning. Nothing much, but the right tide, you might get a few fun little rides !
THIS IS ONE BALLSY TEAHUPOO KITE SURFING SESSION BY A FEW CRAZIES!
Have a Great Week! And so long to brother Chuck McDonald, 18 months of balls to the Water and a Good Friend 🙂
Kam, an 8 year old, Don’s grandaughter, just learned to Surf today (which was Saturday, 7/20), for the first time. I would say, she has not only great potential, but perhaps, she puts a few in the neighborhood to shame 🙂 She has the right Stoke and Attitude! Note: YouTube, allowed me to flip the video that was upsidedown (you know how cell phones are), now hopefully, their processing team will make this happen, they said after I flipped it, just to sit tight, and come back 🙂
SURF UPDATE , thigh high and glassy at the Pier this morning, and bigger down South, and
Saturday should be Long Board fun and glassy in the AM, thigh to waist high plus down South, and perhaps knee high plus at the Cape, smaller than today, but still fun. It is still holding strong in the 2.5 feet at 13 or 14 seconds at our near shore buoy as of 10:30 PM Friday night (now), and at the Fort Pierce Buoy, still around 4 feet at 14 seconds, so we still have a nice ground swell hanging on. The 120 buoy has been out since the 11th, but I failed to see that the last few days, so I guess my medication is working 🙂
Maybe Sunday. Smaller, but fun as this 10 day piggyback swell subsides 🙂
Carvin’ and Cruisin’ at the Pier Surf Video, as we enjoy learning the world of motion graphics, at Walk On Water Productions. With some awesome talent at the Pier, some of our Gifted Longboarders, and some shortboarders workin on their Aerials…hope you enjoy! I accompanied the video with a Jason Mraz tune, that seemed to flow with the mellow crowd yesterday morning.
HURRICANE SANDY VIDEO OF JOHNSON AVENUE SURFERS ON SATURDAY.
January 18 update…After being in hibernation, a Surf Report update for Friday, Saturday and Sunday below…
The video I shot Saturday morning after I had my session, it was the first sizeable and semi-glassy day of Hurricane Sandy. Winds were up to 35-40 mph NNW, so it made for an interesting drop in no doubt 🙂
Sunny, Chuck and a couple unknown surfers out.
Today, Friday January 18, a big NE windswell, not quite a ground swell will be moving in all day, maybe waist high at noon, but it should be head high by dark, with 25 plus mph NE winds.
Saturday, the winds back down to maybe 15 to 20 mph, NNE to NE, with size in the chest to head high at the Cape, and Overhead down south in Satellite Beach.
Sunday morning looks to be Rib to Head high , North to South, with North winds at daybreak, so a good chance of some NNW winds until 9 or 10 is possible. Either way, with 8 mph N winds, conditions should be clean and fun.
Surf with waves every day for a Week, Chest to Head High, with a few glassy days.
Tuesdayis looking to be chest to head high, clean with North winds light at day break, turning NNE by 8 AM so get out early.
Wednesday is showing chest to overhead, and Weather.com shows NNW light winds until 11 AM which means glass for the Cape and clean down South, the models at Magicseaweed.com show onshore Wednesday morning, so for now I go with Weather.com.
Thursday morning looks chest high plus, clean, maybe early glass
Friday looks like a chance of glass similar size
Saturday, looks like definite offshore winds and head high. (which means, we will have a big glassy epic day on Sat or Sun, unless the swell bumps up early)
We’ll update later tomorrow with a wind update. I missed the glassy wind report for this morning, oops, my bad 😦