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!
Photo Gallery from Johnson Avenue and from Hangers in Satellite Beach.
I’ll post more in the next week from a couple killer rides by Sunny, and Rip Van Mike who finally woke up after a few broken bones. He still ain’t over the hill, but I’ll save that for another day. It needs to be handled with care 🙂
It was an awesome session late today! Started out rib to occasional chest high at the Cape, beautiful sets, nice drops with a few turns and a quick exit. I just watched and shot some images.
Then Chad and I headed down South for an 11 AM sesh, and for the first half hour it was like 1 in 15 waves were makeable at best, but nice head high faces on the drop with a quick closeout, and then it changed. It started to hold up a little better, maybe 1 in 8 would hold up, and then we got some of those 70 to 100 yard shoulders pumping most and some times all the way to the beach. Almost all lefts. A few select rights. Brother Chad nailed at least 2 or 3 of em in the 100 yard plus range, with one solid, did I say solid?; 150 yard right from far outside, all the way to 1 foot deep water, and used that as his bus ride in 🙂 He smoked it. I got the perfect left (except for a small epileptic surge on a few re-entries) to take me most of the way in 🙂 A bunch of rail-grabbing left take-offs for chasing speed up high on the wave.
Most of the outside sets were shoulder high, and maybe a head high set rolled thru every now and then. See new chart, compliments of thewavecaster.com here.
Surf Thursday is looking to be maybe thigh at the Cape and waist in Satellite. Strong strong offshore winds. They may even blow it flat tonight, but I suspect there may be a trickle for 2 hours in the morning and then done…………………
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 🙂
Full size images below if you want to click on them and see full screen.
The photos here of Bouncer Ron (actually a high-tech guy) were from Hurricane Maria, Day one here as the first wrinkle of the storm hit our coast at Johnson Ave. on September 13. Ron, Dr. John and Chad were out for a good session, nice thigh to waist high lines coming in…but as far as the Surf call to be expected for Wednesday (11-9) thru the weekend surf, here’s what we have shaping up;
Wednesday, still looking to be a couple feet overhead in Satellite Beach with lousy winds for them.The Cape could be chest to head highand clean to semi-glass because of the morning North winds around 12 mph starting out. I wouldn’t be surprised if we get a small gift of NNW winds for a while, but definitely not for long, till maybe 9 or 10 if it happens at all.
Thursday is still looking to be awesome, probably chest high plus or minushere at the Cape, with NW winds less than 10 mph, so we could have a good entertaining photo session for me, since I’ll be nursing a cracked rib for 3 more weeks :(, ah well s _ _ t happens…
It ought to be head high to 2 feet overhead down South also on Thursday, and the NW winds will probably give them some epic waves too. Funny how that works. When we get SW winds it just don’t look as pretty here as NW wind do down south, something about the angle of the coast thing 🙂
Fridayat daybreak there may be some slight offshore winds here at the Cape with possible waist high waves, but by early to mid-morning the swell will be gone as a new NE ‘ster, not quite as pretty nor near as big as this last one will start coming in, with mostly sloppy wind chop with no ground swell element to it as it becomes total weak wind chop by Sunday.
After Friday daybreak, not much to talk about. Man we’ve had a run.
Hopefully Thursday, we’ll have the regular J-Ave crew off work, out in the water so we can gather a collage of local friends talent in still semi-warm water. Maybe even the local skateboard park can watch itself for awhile 🙂