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!
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.
JUNE 15 I WILL BE DONE REMODELING MY HOME. THEN I WILL GET BACK TO MY REAL JOB, JOHNSON AVENUE SURFERS! MY APOLOGIES, BUT I HAVE LIVED LIKE A SLOB FOR TOO LONG, AND THAT IS ALMOST OVER 🙂
Sunday morning Surf……..
TS Beryl or whatever it is, is gonna throw us some waist high waves at the Cape and Chest high bigger sets in Satellite Beach. Winds should be in the 5 to 10 mph WSW range, and turning onshore sometime around Noon to 1 PM. Low tide is around 7:03 AM, so if you can get out at daybreak, that may be the best, else, whatever time you choose to wake 🙂
The waves today at Satellite Beach was really fun thigh to rib high with some really workable walls. Not glassy, but not choppy either, slight onshore winds when I went out at 9 AM.
The photo I think is Sunny, in a nice head dip, almost barrel, if it’s not Sunny, then it sure looks like his style 🙂
Surf Forecast: Surf all Week? Yesx No __ More on that in a minute down below…:)
The gallery of shots here are from Wednesday, February 22nd from that really nice ENE 5 foot 11 second ground swell. We had thigh to chest high waves here at the Cape, of course only those willing to wait on the outside to catch the set waves reaped the rewards on that. Sunny, was having a great time working the inside coverage drinking in his 100 waves per session pathology 🙂
As far as the swell this week, is this a total wind swell, ground swell or combo? Well, it kinda merges into an almost ground swell by Wednesday, so I guess combo would be the almost correct word.
Tuesday, we have waist to rib high for the Cape and chest high down South. Winds ought to be light 5 to 8 mph NNE until 9 Am, and then kick up a few more notches thru the day but not too much. So I think it will be pretty fun at Johnson here with an occasional teaser of almost offshore winds but not quite.
Wednesday, the swell kicks up in strength with the period of the swell coming in at 9 seconds, so the lines ought to be better, and the winds may be less than 5 mph onshore, so it ought to be real clean and fun everywhere.
Thursdaylooks to be the Primo day, waist to rib high at the Cape and Chest to Shoulder high in Satellite Beach. Winds have been showing offshore for 2 or 3 days straight now based on the models, mostly SW in the morning, but by Tuesday and Wednesday night we’ll have our solid guess on the winds for Thursday.
Friday, could also be like Thursday with comparable size and power and offshore winds.
Saturday, maybe we’ll have some leftovers too.
Looks like a fun week, nothing massive, but definitely some waist to chest high waves and a few glassy mornings during the week.
Incoming NE ‘ster windswell for maybe Monday thru Wednesday…I’ll get into that in a minute;
The photos here of Sunny were from a May 14 2011 ground swell that kicked up waist to shoulder high waves, perfect glass and barrels. These three shots were taken by Chad , and of Sunny on a nice left.
As far as incoming swell, other than the 2 foot fairly consistent knee to thigh high stuff we have had for the last week, we do have a Nor’easter that is predicted to blow from land to sea at a NW angle, so it looks like it will give us a steep NE windswell for perhaps Monday thru Wednesday.
There could be some head high faces, but mostly onshore winds, and by Tuesday afternoon, the models show the swell coming in more East than North which could allow some of this baby to hit the Cape, instead of letting Satellite Beach hog the whole show 🙂
As it progresses, we’ll let ya know.
Enjoy this awesome weather that the last two winters denied us. Oh, the water temp is the same at the Trident pier which hugs close to the barrier islands just west of the one mile buoy both showing showing 69 ° which you gotta love.
It’s hump day Wednesday, enjoy the remainder of your week and the weekend 🙂 A week from Friday is the Cape’s Friday Fest, so don’t forget about that street party!
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.
SUNNY – Photo Gallery and 1 barrel shot of Dave L., Sunny’s Dad 🙂
These photos were shot at our point break…
(the point sticks out on our sand dunes halfway to the water from some recent hurricanes, though it doesn’t affect the surf in any way, but still it is a point break at high tide)
on Johnson Avenue on Wednesday, October 19 2011. We had a wind swell that actually kicked up to 13 feet at the 120 buoy, although at only 8 second period out there, and when it hit our beach by 9 Am it was 3 foot at 7 second period.
When we have offshore winds upon even a weak wind swell and some other factors of which I am totally clueless about on this occasion, there was some decent power to be had. And there was definitely some juice to these waves. (though I say this from a beachviewers perspective 🙂 the #4 lumbar was wreaking revenge on me again, ha 😦
Anyhow, Sunny and his old man Dave had a great surf session, and you may want to take humorous note, Dave is eyeballing Sunny rather competively in a couple of the pics I took of Sunny, and since Dave has always been called “Dave the Ripper”, it is possible that Sunny may be catching up to the old man 😉
A backside barrel in number #4 , no doubt! Oops, but my bad…during the wait for the next chance to snap pictures, that is Sunny’s old man in the barrel down below.
You’ll notice in some of the pictures when I get them up online from this day, the old man is eyeballing Sunny’s skills and his chase for the tuck. Dave will probably tell you he’s proud, but I’d be willing to bet a slight edge of competitiveness is hanging on the rim out there, right beside that proud thing of course 🙂 (it’s fun to make these profound observations out loud anyhow)
I’ll throw more pics up here, I have a lot of catching up to do, since we’ve had some really nice swells that played out great on our humble, and yes often smaller waves breaking at Johnson Avenue.
My barrel days are far and few, after cracking a rib just south of 16th street on that world famous chest high shore break down there, I found the epoxy on my 10 foot board was totally unforgiving 🙂