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What can I say?¬† A lot of stuff going on, such as my OBSESSION WITH BIG WAVE VIDEOS, when YouTube and/or Magicseaweed.com release the Mid-Year highlites for the Billabong XXL Awards (2012 now) I gotta put that one on the front ūüôā

Surf report update in a minute…

In case y’all don’t get to keep up with the contests on the regular normal wave ASP tour,¬† or keep up with the XXL Big Wave tour, this has been a record year for the world’s great big wave surf breaks.¬† Teahupoo (of whom our local legend Kelly Slater won the ASP event),¬† and the fact that he skipped the J-Bay event offering 6 foot waves in order to catch some 30 to 40 foot plus tow in surf at Fiji for the epic 50 year storm, 49 foot swell on the charts,¬† that swept into the Tasman Sea.¬†¬† That storm hammered¬† Australia, and brought the most incredible waves to Cloudbreak, Restaurants¬† and Tavarua Fiji.

As I mentioned in previous posts,¬† Kelly skipped the J-Bay event and got the best warm up session in Fiju that probably gave him more confidence to nail it at the Teahupoo ASP event where they had to shut down the event, and let the tow in guys have fun, until the waves hit a normal 10 to 15 foot for the regular contest event.¬† (not like he really needed confidence, but surfing Teahupoo¬† takes more character than any other surf break on the planet, not diminishing Mavericks in any way ūüôā

Okay, the long wind ceases, surf in Brevard………………….

Today (Wednesday),  a foot or so overhead in Satellite Beach and chest high plus at the Cape. (probably a few head high sets here at the Cape).  The winds should be in the 10 to 15 mph NE direction, so right at dead high tide (around 2 PM),  you can catch the easiest paddle out,  the cleanest time of day for the faces,  the best shoulders while it is high tide.

Thursday, probably a foot bigger down South maybe some 2 foot overhead waves, and with a lot more power because the ground swell rolls in after midnight Wednesday night/Thursday morning.  We ought to see some head high waves at the Cape, and the winds ought to be mild onshore, like 5 to 6 mph NE all day.   So it could be real fun Thursday.

Friday, still looks like the epic day!  Head high to maybe a foot or so overhead in Satellite Beach and solid chest high plus at the Cape.  The swell does drop off a bit late Friday but not much. If the wind models hold out, it looks to be 4 to 6 mph offshore winds out of the West to SW.  Yowwwwwwww!!!

Saturday,  a new swell piggybacks the departing Friday swell with strong North to NNW winds, probably 15 to 25 mph.  but it could be head high and semi-glass up North in the morning, and by dinner time, we may be seeing some 8 to 10 foot faces down South.

Sunday morning ought to have some large sets come in with 8 foot faces at the Cape, and probably some 10 foot plus faces down South.  But the winds (as a guess out of the 48 hour window),  are looking to be NNW and over 20 mph, but it could be really sweet at the Pier and the Jetties.

I don’t see any drop in swells for a week out,¬† so eat well, bring a rash guard at least for Friday morning, because it may be around 62 to 64 degrees in the morning, not cold, but with the water temp lingering only about 2 degrees above spring water temps, it may be a little chilly.

Get excited, and don’t forget about the Cape Canaveral Friday Fest Street Party.¬† Here is their info below:

The next Friday Fest is scheduled for November 4th from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Activities will include a variety of food vendors, an assortment of novelty & craft vendors, children’s activities including bounce houses, a giant slide & games, live entertainment along with beer & wine.

Live entertainment will feature “Entasy” on Taylor Avenue & “Lonnie & Delinda” on Poinsetta Avenue.

The fun will take place on Taylor Avenue & Poinsetta Avenue.

I do need to add one more  video link here.  Andy Irons, one year has passed.  I could quote some of what they say, but just check it out here.

Later,

oldwaverider

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Okay, now we’re caught up on the Billabong XXL Big Wave videos.

Check out the new entrant.  The boys from Ireland have a lot to show for the emerging monsters.  Between some of the breaks around LaHinch Beach around the NNW point of Ireland, they have had some mega 40 to 50 foot face waves in the last 12 to 18 months of La Nina surf season.

Also, check out Shipstern Bluff.¬†¬† I have asked myself, why do those guys surf there, since the moment they hit that part of the wave were it seems like a big chasm or black hole in the ocean floor appears, and thus they have the most incredible wipeouts cause they’re not expecting a sudden free fall at the peak of the barrel of the wave.

Then it dawned on me;¬† that’s why they like it,¬† it’s like having a cinderblock laying at the bottom of a skatepark bowl, forcing them to “think on their feet” if you will.¬†¬† So watch the different way these crazies choose to respond to the “black hole” part of the wave at Shipstern Bluff, Tasmania.

Also, “Cloudbreak” in Fiji, is a new entrant.¬† Another 40 foot face entry, and especially the paddle in wipeout in what looks like a 40 foot plus face.¬†¬† I bet that one wins the wipeout of the year award.¬† Anyone that has the balls to keep on paddling for that one, then goes one step crazy further by grabbing the rail of the board in order to make the straight/angled drop,¬† they have my vote for the best and most ballzy calculated attempt and then wipeout !

Last,¬† Chile had a massive year, that 45 – 50 foot face in their freezing cold water gains the same respect as freezing Mavericks,¬† Prowlers and Oregon’s last 50 – 60 foot wave video shown on Seaweed not long ago.

Enjoy, and I hope ya don’t mind me posting these things.¬†¬† I love watching huge waves.

Now that the rumor is out that Kelly Slater may start participating in some of this kind of surfing, I’m even more fired up.¬†¬† Anyone that can terrorize the competition in the ASP regular surf tour, and then turn around the next week and paddle into a 30 – 40 foot face at the “Eddie”, is certainly one ballsy individual.

oldwaverider