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Indian River by Air shared this photo with WFLX FOX 29 the day before April 3rd,  Sharks and more sharks 🙂

Sharks-south-of-Sebastian-Inlet-WFLX-Fox29-04-03-15 - shared by Indian River by Air

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Sunday still looks like waist to maybe chest high (probably down south only), with W winds in the 3-6 mph range until maybe 11 am then NNW to NE by Noon or so.  The swell drops thru the day, so the best plan, is to hit first light around 7 AM.  High tide is around 3:38 AM in Cocoa Beach and 3:53 AM in Satellite Beach.  High going low at 6:53 is a perfect mid-tide time to go.

Also, check out the video this Dad made, with his Baby’s first barrel surfing 🙂

BodyBoarding 101 from jorge tirado on Vimeo.

Check out the full article on the baby surfer here.  John John Florence said his Mom took him out on her board when he was around 6 months old 🙂

Also, the 3rd Annual Beach and Boards Fest sponsored by Ron Jon Surf Shop is at Shepard Park, which means, much easier parking than other places. Check out the scoop on the Fest here.


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 🙂

 

Thanks for the Opportunity,

Oldwaverider (Art)


Can we expect rideable surf and glass for Tuesday morning early?  I think so, thigh high at best, with NW winds in the 3 to 8 mph range, switching NNW mid-morning, until maybe Noon.

The swell is fading as you know, but there may be some occasional waist high sets in Satellite Beach, thigh to possible waist.  NW winds hold well for Satellite Beach but it will be closer to low tide, but it should be fun for dawn-patrolers 🙂

Our friend here was pulled in by a fisherman at the Cocoa Beach Pier, about 40 minutes or so before I paddled out:

A Nursing Shark they say, but it doesn't look like one to me, caught at Cocoa Beach Pier in the morning of November 11 2013

A Nursing Shark they say, but it doesn’t look like one to me, caught at Cocoa Beach Pier in the morning of November 11 2013

Here is a Nurse Shark:

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Nurse-Shark-by-Dawn-Witherington

Black Tip Shark:

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black-tip-diane-peebles-credit

Common Sharks of Florida website at University of Florida here:

Wednesday, afternoon a huge NE Windswell  starts rolling in, very steep angle, like 42 to 45 degrees, so it may not be bigger than waist high by Wednesday evening, while it is hitting head high to overhead down south in Satellite because a NE swell comes in full strength in Satellite Beach just as soon as it hits.  The Cape it needs to pass by a bit with the Port blocking much of it.

Big waves all weak with heavy onshore winds, and Sunday the models show a chance of being a chest high plus glassy day, but that could change to Saturday or Monday.


So, Will we have a glassy epic day out of this big East/Northeast Windswell/Groundswell mix?

Thursday morning, The models for two days running, show that our winds are to turn North, slow way down to around 6 to 10 mph at daybreak, out of the North.  They will increase throughout the day, but maybe only to 15 or so mph, turning NNE by lunch time or before.  And the swell size, is showing 6 feet at 10 seconds, so that can produce solid head high to 2 foot overhead faces 🙂

It is possible we could see some size close to these pictures when we had NNW winds the morning of Earl, though these photos were taken later in the day, and the winds were NNW to NW, but subtract one to two foot in face height, and we could see something close to these:

My surf buddy Mike, from Lakeland was supposed to be taking photos of me surfing below, but got distracted during Hurricane Earl.

My surf buddy Mike, from Lakeland was supposed to be taking photos of me surfing below, but got distracted during Hurricane Earl.

THE KEY THING TO NOTE HERE: Our 11/7/2013 Thursday morning, the swell period comes in Full steam at 10 seconds, and the Fetch of the swell (the distance in miles of Km’s, is 500 or 600 miles of nothing but one big chunk of 10 second period fetch covering the entire east coast Atlantic),  so that means power and consistency and possibly, most likely very good form.  Behind this swell, immediately, another NE swell of size starts rolling in, so we won’t have our surf let up before the next swell comes in.

These were taken by Mike Melito at the CCB Pier, Sept 2010 , Hurricane Earl.  But for something to hope for this coming Thursday, 11/7, consider 2 foot smaller on face size :)

These were taken by Mike Melito at the CCB Pier, Sept 2010 , Hurricane Earl. But for something to hope for this coming Thursday, 11/7, consider 2 foot smaller on face size 🙂

Friday looks like big chop again if the models hold, as the winds whip back around from Thursday.

Saturday more big chop.

Also from Hurricane Earl, by Mike Melito.  But Thursday, our 6 ft 10 second period swell with 8 to 10 mph N and hopefully NNW for an hour, could produce 2 foot smaller than this, up North.

Also from Hurricane Earl, by Mike Melito. But Thursday, our 6 ft 10 second period swell with 8 to 10 mph N and hopefully NNW for an hour, could produce 2 foot smaller than this, up North.

Sunday, looks like we could get chest to head high glass from the new swell, with an 8 second period swell, but that’s still a bit far out, to rely on the wind models.


Wonderful story of a Man with so much guts, inspiration, love of people, and a great Surfer.  If they show this again, be sure to watch.  The image below is from ESPN here:

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Oldwaverider


Kelly Slater, in the judges stands, 11 time ASP World Champ,  so yeah, I was excited even if I am 55 🙂

Oldwaverider


If you ain’t 50 or older, then you may ask, what the _ _ _ _?  Why is this guy posting a Glenn Miller song, “In the Mood” on Johnson Avenue Surfers?  We do have waves coming for Monday! See below…

My buddy here in Cape Canaveral, plays the Saxophone, and nails this classic Big Band Jazz song by Glenn Miller.  (Jimmy Stewart played the movie, which was black and white, haha).

My buddy Les is about 80 years old, and you’d never know it;  hope you enjoy it below:  (ps – I also added the original Glenn Miller band video below my buddy Les so you could compare)

He also gave me a 40 year old “Infinity” surfboard from Ocean Beach Surf Shop, where I took a surf trip back in 1979 🙂

And here is Glenn Miller, it’s a low rez video, so that’s why it’s smaller:

UPDATE: The Surf Report Below was done 2 hours ago, when the swell model was “bigger”.  Now it looks like maybe Monday afternoon it will wait to hit even CCB , and waist high is now the size call, sorry, models change every 6 hours, and the report below was from an earlier model, at the tail end of it, if u will 🙂  (This update was done at 7:38 PM EST Sunday night)

We have a very steep angle swell, a Northeast swell, that will be blocked out by the Cape, but should hit Cocoa Beach and Satellite Beach well, and by late Monday, it may trickle in to us finally.  Should be a wind swell, no ground swell, but will give us some waist high waves here by Monday night, and should give us some chest high waves Monday late morning in Cocoa Beach and Satellite Beach, with NE winds in the 8 to 10 mph range in the morning, so it could be fun.

Tuesday should be more of the same.  Have Fun!

posted by Oldwaverider


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.

Compliments of Magicseaweed.com hurricane tracking screenshot

Compliments of Magicseaweed.com hurricane tracking screenshot

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 !

Clean your board article here:

The Pier to Patrick – Candid footage of locals n friends – Oct n Nov 2012 from Art Hansen on Vimeo.