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.
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…………………
Wednesday February the 22nd, for 3 days straight has appeared to be the “Big Sweet Day”…..Glassy at some point on Wednesday, and chest to head high waves, ranging from North to South….I’ll continue this update below…
JOHNSON AVENUE UNKNOWN SURFER – GALLERY , Here’s a plug for Old-timers…The photos gallery here are from February 5, Sunday, from Johnson Ave. I have some days that my pop ups are lookin the same, I don’t know who this is, but I’m stoked to see him out there.
A friend of mine through my church, Greg, had to quit surfing a little over three years ago cause it kept blowing out his shoulder. He turned 90 years old in 2011. He was hired the First year of N.A.S.A. , an Electrical Engineer I believe, and when N.A.S.A. was started in 1958, and he had surfed from then time until 2008 some time.
Of course the reason he quit was because at 87, he also plays tennis 2 or 3 times a week, and since surfing is inconsistent and works your shoulders pretty hard, he’d best choose doing something where he could at least use his shoulder more consistently. SO THERE YA GOT IT, WE HAD TO DO A PLUG FOR OLD OLD TIMERS 🙂
Surf Update for Tuesday thru Thursday (2/21 – 2/23)…Tuesday morning we’ll have an ENE windswell showing some waist high waves maybe rib here at the Cape, and chest high down South until late afternoon when the full blown ground swell should hit. Before dark, we may have some just overhead faces down South and chest high plus here at the Cape, with ESE winds in the 7 to 10 mph range probably. The winds actually look to be backing down to under 10 mph thru the close of Tuesday day.
Wednesday, we ought to have some solid chest high lines at the Cape with some bigger sets, and shoulder to overhead down South in Satellite Beach, 2nd light. Winds sometime Wednesday maybe at day break, could go SSW around 10 mph, so your best call is somewhere South of 8th Street South to enjoy offshore winds. The Cape will probably have really clean form but not quite glass. SSW is kind sideshore to offshore for us. If you can make it South, awesome, it should be fun everywhere 🙂
Thursday, could have waist to chest high leftovers , North to South, with strong offshore winds in the 15 mph plus range.
Air & Water temps: Monday the air temps at the Cape show 53 ° at daybreak with 15 mph NNW winds (feels like 48), getting up to 65 ° by the high point. Tuesday looks to be 58 ° at daybreak climbing to 72 by mid-day, and the water temp will be 68 ° near shore. Wednesday, air temp warm up to about 77 for a high, so for 2 weeks from March, these are awesome warm temperatures and consistent waves. Get Excited !!
PHOTO GALLERY – UNKNOWN JOHNSON AVE SURFER PLUS HIGHTOWER BEACH GALLERY
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Today was Chest high peaks peeling left and right, with A-frames at Hightowers 🙂 Well, it would have been nice if we had direct offshore winds, but…close enough, a little SSE to S, maybe SSW light. Only 8 or 10 of us out, and again, I didn’t even need a wetsuit, the water was hanging around 69 ° again.
The first set of photos are from an Unknown Surfer to me, at Johnson Ave on a nice right. (maybe one day I’ll find out the names of the unknowns 🙂 The Johnson Avenue photos were taken about 12:30 PM, around 40 minutes past low-tide.
The second part of the slideshow, is from Hightower Beach with a guy on a chest to shoulder high left. I took those around 10:15, after the winds turned SSE from calm, so it wasn’t as glassy as when I first paddled out around 8:30.
The rights and lefts were working great, the lefts maybe had some more juice to them.
Mondaymay have some knee to waist high glass with a high period in the daybreak AM to kick up the power.The winds turn offshore just after Mid-nite, out of the SW and coming around to WNW at daybreak in the 3 to 7 mph range. By 9 or 10 AM, it appears to turn onshore out of the SSE.
I don’t think the winds will blow the remaining swell flat overnight, so fingers crossed for some knee to waist high waves, Cape to Satellite Beach respectively 🙂
After Monday’s leftover’s, I don’t see much of anything down the Pike, except some knee high plus stuff for the Pier.
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.
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Have a great weekend!
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When I was watching this guy, it was a trip to notice his style. It’s fact that he got 3 to 1 on rides compared to the other surfers that were in the water at the same time. (absolutely no debate on this 🙂 If I remember 5 or 6 people were still out on Johnson Avenue this day. (Maybe 11 AM ish) But he was all about knowing the wave he was on. On this sequence of 5 shots, when he dropped in, late…..on the wave, he went right back up to the lip instead of the normal bottom or mid-turn to try and pump the wall to outrun the lip.
But he used the lip to gain momentum, instead of the bottom white water, and this wave that would probably close-out on most surfers, he managed to make it a user friendly wall 🙂
It was a great day at Johnson and close to the best surf I’ve seen in years in Satellite here:
Upcoming Surf !!!…….Maybeeeee, Saturday will give us glass, and something between waist and chest high waves with offshore winds. But, it is 4 days out, but at least the models are giving us a possible offshore day, and may even include some on Sunday, but with heavier
winds. This low could speed up or slow down, but it looks like a great chance of some size and offshores between Friday and Sunday.
In the mean time, it has given us some nice 4 to 6 foot face since Monday, semi-clean chop at times, like this morning, though smaller, it was very fun.
Hurricane Ophelia keeps coming back……….it was one of those swells that took perfect form at Johnson Ave.We have a finicky beach, and when the swell angle is just right, the winds are just right, and the picky tides are right, it provides us some incredible days, without crowds; typically.
This day, October 2nd, 2011 which fell on a Sunday had perfect Sun, perhaps good fishing, and perfect chest to shoulder high waves, depending on your height 🙂 Unfortunately, I don’t know who most of the surfers were that were out in the water for the two sessions of photos I did, except Dr. John. I was nursing an injury (broken record, yeah I know, this one was the back 😉 so it was a good
day to catch some shots. The guy in this wave perhaps someone can identify him for me, and as you can see he had the cleanest, most user friendly wave that let him even stall a bit while I snapped off a 3 shot sequence. (just kidding, actually the guy fishing was pulling in a 34 inch snook and the surfer was watching him, no, just kidding again)
INCOMING SURF!!!…………………………A fairly large NE ‘ster is on the way, but first has a small SE swell in the 2 to 3 foot range that may throw a little something for us to increase swell size today, tonight, and by late Thursday afternoon, the NE swell piggybacks the SE swell. The NE swell is kinda sloppy with an ill-defined fetch (small patchy areas of varying wave height), until sometime Saturday. Then the NE ‘ster turns ground swell and with a nice evenly distributed fetch. (fetch is just the area of the ocean that a storm covers and blows wind that creates a particular swell)
Thursday is looking to be glassy in the morning until around 11 AM, chilly, around 50 ° at daybreak, hopefully thigh high at the Cape and maybe chest high for Satellite. It turns NNE into 10 to 15 mph winds after 11 or 12, and goes to weak chop.
Friday, the size jacks up head high plus down South, and then whatever it chooses to let squeak by the Cape 🙂 It may take until Saturday for us to get some rideable chop to roll in, hard to say. Strong onshore winds NE Friday.
Saturday, Sunday and Monday, it looks to be powerful a few feet overhead chop with decreasing winds on Monday (yeah, it’s early to predict winds, but this is what the general model suggests), and the winds wrapping around toward the SE and then maybe (with strong probability) that it will turn offshore sometime between Monday night and Wednesday morning to deliver us our big offshore day.
This NE ‘ster should throw waves for at least 5 to 6 days for us. What a great year.
And I intend to be back out in the water again for this one. 30 days on land is brutal , especially when you missed 1 massive epic day (Nov. 10th), and 2 or 3 waist high 100 yard plus ride days.
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More Photos from Epic Thursday ENE swell on November 10, these were of a guy who I don’t know who he is, I took them on Johnson Ave. mid-morning, and this guy was shredding it with the most waves taken and with the style of a normal foot Sunny 🙂 Okay so whats up with incoming swells ?
Monday starts bringing in a week wind swell, maybe chest high down South, and waist at the Cape. It’s kind of an East Swell with a taste of South. So we should get some of it at the Cape. Choppy Monday and waist at the Cape, Tuesday the same, maybe a head bigger.
Wednesday, it may turn offshore down South (south winds anyhow) with a waist to chest high, depending on the Cape or South.
Thursday for now does look offshore (but we’ll know for pretty sure Tuesday on the winds) for early morning, again, waist to chest probably.
Friday morning a large wind swell rolls in with overhead big chop, and there’s no telling yet when the offshores will blow for this one.
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Okay, it’s a no brainer that we’ll have big, most likely overhead waves for the next 5 to 7 days…I surfed by the Jetty on Monday afternoon at high tide, for an hour, caught some 20 mph N to NW winds on some stomach high waves, and it was fun. Only got 2 or 3 rides, it was just nice to have a semi-functional set of lumbars working around 60% 🙂
The photos are some more that I took from October 2nd, when Hurricane Ophelia gave us round two. Someone please let me know who the woman is out there on these photos. That day there were 4 or 5 unknown people in the water except Dr. John. The photos are a 3-shot sequence of woman on a nice shoulder high backside ride.
Okay, back to incoming surf…
This is what’s exciting, this NE ‘str wind swell stuff turns into a ground swell late Thursday afternoon.
Friday is setting up to be overhead waves and glassy. Solid overhead. The winds, well I won’t know for sure until Wednesday morning.
Wednesday morning, we should see a foot or more overhead in Satellite, so we should expect some chest to shoulder high sets at the Cape. The angle of the swell isn’t too North, so I think we’ll keep our nice size waves here at the Cape. Winds aren’t supposed to be too bad. 12 mph NE winds in the morning and afternoon so that looks pretty stable. So if you could paddle out right at high tide, the paddle out is easy, and the shoulders are fairly clean. Low tide, a washing machine most likely.
Thursday, the waves are bigger, maybe 2 foot overhead down South, and solid head high at the Cape. The winds look to be very light, NNE to NE around 4 mph, so there could be a shot of offshore winds up North 🙂
Friday, is looking like the EPIC DAY, potential. (gotta have that lawyer disclaimer in there, though my surf brethren around here go easy on me if I’m off a foot on the size 🙂 It may be 3 feet overhead in Satellite Beachwith West to NW winds around 5 to 10 mph until noon at least. (BUT, that’s a wind call out 3 days, and I won’t know about the winds for that 80% call until Wednesday night). The Cape ought to see some head high plus waves and with West to NW winds, it should be epic here.
Saturday still looks overhead, but with very light East winds, maybe around 5 to 8 mph in the morning and increasing throughout the day. But, we’ll have to see Thursday for that iffy wind call.
That’s all for now. Still more waves probably, but I’d be totally speculating past this point, hah.
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Sunday afternoon, Cape Canaveral waves; Slightly windy and clean medium size lines…….hah, in some other part of the world 😉
Today its big, it’s choppy, the wind will blow the hat right off your head, but the dark sky and intense ocean were really cool…
Back to surf update in a minute; The 3 photo sequence are from Johnson Ave at the Cape on Sunday October 2nd 2011 Hurricane Ophelia, round two. The size jacked up a foot or two on the face from about 10 Am to 11 :30 Am, and these pics I took at around 11:40. I don’t know who the guy is out there, but he looks like middle-aged, and he knows how to surf well.
Today around 11 AM or so, It looked like 8 foot plus faces outside at the Cape, but since no one’s out there, that’s just a guess. I do know that it is at least 4 foot bigger on the face in Satellite Beach. At 25 to 40 mph ene winds, who cares ? 🙂
>>>At 9:15 PM tonight (Saturday), the 120 mile buoy reading showed a climb to 16.5 feet at 10 seconds in the late afternoon, and 15.5 at 8 PM.At 6 PM the 20 mile buoy hit 19 feet at 11 seconds, and 17 feet at 11 seconds at 8 PM, so we ought to see some double overhead waves in Satellite Beach for sure on Sunday.<<<
Monday, right now the surf site models are conflicting with the weather channel, but there’s always a 6 hour lag on huge swells. Monday is showing a possible offshore SSW to SW winds day of 10 feet at 10 second period for Satellite Beach, which translates to 10 to 12 foot faces. The winds look to be in the 12 to 15 mph SW range.
Playalinda, would be the place to be, because the weather channel model shows South winds at daybreak turning SSE, and S winds are totally offshore at Playalinda (32 degrees), which is the equivalent of NW winds at the Cape.
Tuesday looks to be 1 to 2 foot overhead in Satellite Beach with light SW winds.
KEEP THIS NOTE FOR COMPARING SURF SIZE OF SATELLITE BEACH TO THE CAPE ! :
The surf models from Surfline, SurfGuru, Surfer, Magicseaweed all reflect Satellite Beach. (no they don’t actually say that) And Never the Cape and really never Cocoa Beach. Why, because 97 % of the time, South Swell or North Swell or East Swell, Satellite Beach receives the best angle of the swell. So even for South Swells you’d think the Cape would reflect better, but my rule of thumb is take the face size of Satellite Beach and mulitply it by .60 and you get the face size at the Cape. Some may argue this. But I sit here 5 times a day looking at data a many sites, both swell data, wind data, moving storm models; then I get in the car, and look at Hightowers, Hangers, O’ Club/2nd light and sometimes one of the streets, the Pier, and then the Cape. Visual is the best data source that I know of. I also try to take pictures of Satellite Beach and then come North and get Cape pictures witin the hour (when I can do this work permitting), so we can all learn the differences. Sorry for the long wind, but since this is a blog, and a school of learning for me perpetually, I want to post this information also for the world to see 🙂
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Hopefully, we’ll have our massive offshore winds day on Monday!