Hurricane Katia surfing photos from Officers Club September 8 2011, Thursday night Big ENE Swell and Hurricane Philippe update, Cape Canaveral Friday Fest Street party on October 7th, Surf Report Thursday night at 11 PM, Surf Forecast for Cape Canaveral n Cocoa Beach (posted Thursday October 06, 2011)


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This guy got a killer left from O' club on into 2nd light territory.  Image 1 of 6 shot sequence.  Thursday, September 8 2011,  photos by oldwaverider
This guy got a killer left from O' club on into 2nd light territory. Image 1 of 6 shot sequence. Thursday, September 8 2011, photos by oldwaverider

The 5 to 7 day ENE swell coupled with Hurricane Philippe is rolling in slowly and may increase a little in size for Friday, but Saturday morning is when the size gets huge and the power starts rolling in.  (huge for Florida standards :)……….

But, before I wail into the incoming swell…about the photos;

Image 2 of 6 sequence.  The same guy on a killer long left at O' Club.  Hurricane Katia, Thursday, September 8 2011, photos by oldwaverider
Image 2 of 6 sequence. The same guy on a killer long left at O' Club. Hurricane Katia, Thursday, September 8 2011, photos by oldwaverider

The photos here I took at O ‘ Club on September 8,  the 2nd big day of Hurricane Katia.  As you heard me mention in a couple of other posts.  My buddy Ken and I first paddled out around 8 AM, and it was a solid 3 to 4 foot overhead with some bigger rogue sets.  But by 12 or so,  the Hurricane was dropping and the size had dropped to head high with occasional overhead waves, but were still nice and glassy and powerful.  We were surfing at the 2nd light border of Officers Club break, and the photos in today’s post, were of a guy actually in the North end of 2nd light.  The zoom was on full, and the surf was still 250 yards out. 

Image 3 of 6 shot sequence.  Longboarder on a sweet long left.  Hurricane Katia, Thursday, September 8 2011, photos by oldwaverider
Image 3 of 6 shot sequence. Longboarder on a sweet long left. Hurricane Katia, Thursday, September 8 2011, photos by oldwaverider

MY APOLOGIES FOR USING THE LEVELS FILTER SO INTENSE ON THE FIRST PHOTO.  It was so faded looking I had to jack up the contrast quick.  Plus, the washout effect on the other photos is a little heavy also.      L.M.A.O at my own Anal-OCD ishness.  It’s late and I’m fried;)

Friday, probably shoulder high at the Cape and Overhead in Satellite.  Winds looking to be ENE to NE, 15 to 20 plus increasing past 15 by mid-morning.

Saturday could hit double overhead chop down South, so I imagine we’ll have some extra visitors that want to make it in 2 foot overhead wind chop up here 🙂    Plus the winds ought to be 20 to 25 mph ENE at daybreak and increasing thru the day.  But, at dead High tide,  there might be some fun short-board peaks,  and some long, continual reforming longboard waves.

Same guy, I had to make a little camera adjustment.  A rookie :)  Image 4 of 6 sequence.
Same guy, I had to make a little camera adjustment. A rookie 🙂 Image 4 of 6 sequence.

Sunday  I’ll go with similar to Saturday.

Monday morning at daybreak, but this is iffy and the models for big storm winds can change every 6 hours, but I’ll say it anyhow; could be double overhead , glassy, with 15 mph plus offshore  winds,  with the size dropping to 3 foot overhead by 9 or 10 AM, winds staying the same.  Size looks to drop to a 1 to 2 feet overhead by dark.  Also, Saturday thru Monday we’re looking at a swell period in the 10 to 11 second range, dropping to 9 on Tuesday, so the power of the swell could be rockin !

Image 5 of 6 sequence.   O' Club, Hurricane Katia
Image 5 of 6 sequence. O' Club, Hurricane Katia
What a fun ride this guy had.  Image 6 of 6 sequence.  I ran out of camera time or I would have taken this ride to shore with him.   O' Club, Hurricane Katia.  photo by oldwaverider
What a fun ride this guy had. Image 6 of 6 sequence. I ran out of camera time or I would have taken this ride to shore with him. O' Club, Hurricane Katia. photo by oldwaverider

Keep your stoke up,  know that models change, but what I get high about from models, is hoping that they play out.

Don’t forget the Cape Canaveral Friday Fest!

Have a fun and little bit wet weekend.

oldwaverider

Wednesday night Update, Johnson Avenue Photo Gallery from Sunday October 2 2011 Hurricane Ophelia, Cape Canaveral Friday Fest Street party on October 7th, plus we have an Incoming ENE Huge swell, Surf Report Monday night, Tropical Storm Philippe, Surf Forecast for Cape Canaveral n Cocoa Beach (posted Monday October 03, 2011)


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Image 1 of 6 shot sequence. The Florida Gator Girl rips a shoulder high backside left.  I don't know her, but she tore it up out there.  Hurricane Ophelia delivered some beautiful waves for the Cape and Johnson Avenue,  Sunday October 2 2011.  photos by oldwaverider :)
Image 1 of 6 shot sequence. The Florida Gator Girl rips a shoulder high backside left. I don't know her, but she tore it up out there. Hurricane Ophelia delivered some beautiful waves for the Cape and Johnson Avenue, Sunday October 2 2011. photos by oldwaverider 🙂

WEDNESDAY NIGHT UPDATE!  No update 😉  Not really, I’ll go with whatever I wrote below.  Good news on the offshore winds day.   It should be 12 days from today ;(  no,   Just kidding!

But,  Saturday and Sunday both like they have a potential to be double overhead days depending if your willing to do a session in Satellite Beach, and paddle out into 20 to 30 mph ENE winds 🙂

I have no doubt that with a few of the days that its a little smaller, like 2  feet overhead,  and a paddle out right at dead high tide,  there could actually be a fun session with especially long rides (more of a longboard type session mentality that is saying this 🙂

Anyhow, no changes in the report. 

DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE CAPE CANAVERAL FRIDAY FEST THIS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7TH. 6 to 10 PM.  Live entertainment will include “Mo Geetz” on Taylor Avenue & “Lonnie & Delinda” on Poinsetta Avenue.

Thursday morning, looks like chest high at the Cape with some shoulder to head high drops, getting a little more mellow in power toward late afternoon, winds are showing at the Cape to be less than 20 mph ENE before Noon.  Realistically, I make the call that a 2 PM paddle out would be the most user friendly paddle out getting close to High Tide with winds still less than 20 mph. (provided the Thunder Showers don’t kick in around then)

Monday nights report from 2 days ago starts below….

From Monday…Huge ENE swell starts rolling in Tuesday night which should show some substantial stomach to chest size waves on the beach by Wednesday morning at the Cape.  More on the incoming swell in a moment…

The photos here are from Johnson Avenue Sunday October 2nd (for archiving purposes the date was yesterday) taken at 2 times, around 10 Am and then after church around 12 PM,   from round two of Hurricane Ophelia.  We had some waist to stomach high waves early to mid-morning, and by 11 or 12 the size jacked up with some chest high waves with a few bigger rogue sets, here at the Cape and Johnson Ave.

Image 2 of 6 shot sequence. Little bowl section behind the Florida Gator Girl. Hurricane Ophelia brought beautiful waves for the Cape and Johnson Avenue, Sunday October 2 2011. photos by oldwaverider :)
Image 2 of 6 shot sequence. Little bowl section behind the Florida Gator Girl. Hurricane Ophelia brought beautiful waves for the Cape and Johnson Avenue, Sunday October 2 2011. photos by oldwaverider 🙂

Most of the folks in the water were unknown to me except Dr. John who was out during my 10 AM photo session, whom some of you saw his photo gallery posted Sunday afternoon.  Most of the shots I got were from the 12 PM session, 3 people including some girl dressed in Florida Gator colors,  an older guy (at least he looked older , like me :),  and one other person.  Some shortboarders were riding the shorebreak but the waves barely broke 50 feet before total dump closeout.

My apologies to any of the shortboarders,  the waves just weren’t breaking for any even halfway decent quality pictures to show up.  (quality as far as wave, not the surfer ability or photographer 😉  At least the winds were NNW to NW, and stayed glassy until Noonish.

Image 3 of 6 shot sequence.
Image 3 of 6 shot sequence.

Okay, Wednesday, waves should be waist to chest high at the Cape and head high down south, and building thru Thursday morning with NE onshore winds 10 to 15 mph;  then it gets weird.   The period of the swell weakens, and changes from ground swell 12 seconds to a 6 second period.  The size builds Friday and Saturday to possible double overhead down south,  and a little smaller at the Cape.   The power of the swell starts climbing late Friday night and on Saturday and Sunday to 9 seconds.

Most of that was meaningless I know,  because the winds will be mostly NE in the 15 to 25 mph range from  Thursday into the weekend, and mostly less than 15 mph on Wednesday.

Image 4 of 6 shot sequence.
Image 4 of 6 shot sequence.

Once we have an idea of when the winds may turn offshore we’ll fill ya in on that.  For now,  enjoy the huge chop,  and try to catch it, around high tide ,  a couple hours before during and a couple hours after.  At least the paddle out will be most gentle when it’s close to high tide.

Image 5 of 6,  The Gator Girl continues on her long glassy wall...
Image 5 of 6, The Gator Girl continues on her long glassy wall...
Image 6 of 6,  The Gator Girl ...
Image 6 of 6, The Gator Girl ...
A little reading and Solitude?
A little reading and Solitude?
Image 1 of 3 shots.  A nice wall and the KSC in the background, it doesn't get much better for a place to be :)  oldwaverider
Image 1 of 3 shots. A nice wall and the KSC in the background, it doesn't get much better for a place to be 🙂 oldwaverider
Johnson Ave has its great days , 2nd shot of 3
Johnson Ave has its great days , 2nd shot of 3
3rd shot of 3
3rd shot of 3

Later,

oldwaverider

Chad Photo Gallery, Surf Report Friday afternoon, Hurricane Ophelia update, Tropical Storm Philippe, 1 week till Cape Canaveral Friday Fest Street party, food, artists, kid rides, etc., and Surf Forecast for Cape Canaveral n Cocoa Beach (posted Friday September 30, 2011)


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Chad, on the shoulder high wave of the day, Image 1 of 6 shot sequence, Tropical Storm Maria Day One at Johnson, photo by Oldwaverider
Chad, on the shoulder high wave of the day, Image 1 of 6 shot sequence, Tropical Storm Maria Day One at Johnson, photo by Oldwaverider

CHAD PHOTO GALLERY, but first our Surf update…

QUICK SATURDAY 2 PM AFTERNOON UPDATE,  Sunday is still showing NNW winds in the 10 mph range in the morning until noonish, so up North is the place to be.   Okay, back to Friday afternoons report below…

Hurricane Ophelia a Category 3 Hurricane is projected to start moving Northward tonight, which is why we have more groundswell waves coming in Saturday night/Sunday morning. 

(A Cat 3 cane only 1100 miles out would normally throw much stronger waves our way, Ex. Hurricane Florence in 2006 a Cat 1 threw double to almost triple overhead waves between Playalinda and Satellite Beach, which was 950 miles offshore.  Hurricane Bill in 2009 a Category 2, about 900 miles away through triple overhead waves to Daytona and double overhead here in certain spots,  but I believe Ophelia having lost its lateral push after falling apart, may only be giving us some breadcrumbs 🙂

Chad, image 2 of 6 shot sequence, Tropical Storm Maria Day One at Johnson, photo by Oldwaverider
Chad, image 2 of 6 shot sequence, Tropical Storm Maria Day One at Johnson, photo by Oldwaverider

Saturday night the ground swell rolls in with some pretty substantial onshore winds…but, Sunday morning at daybreak,  size should be stomach to shoulder high depending on your spot.   The winds at the Cape look to be offshore around 10 mph NNW (based on the models of Ophelia moving North again), so that should be a no brainer as to where the best place to surf would be based on winds.  Sunday should be fun, granted NNW at 10, don’t necessarily mean mirror glass, but it does mean glass for the Cape 🙂

Chad, image 3 of 6 shot sequence, Tropical Storm Maria
Chad, image 3 of 6 shot sequence, Tropical Storm Maria

The winds could hold Sunday until Noon or 1 PM,  so you can still thank God and surf in the same morning;  however you choose to do that is your call 😉

Chad, image 4 of 6 shot sequence, Tropical Storm Maria
Chad, image 4 of 6 shot sequence, Tropical Storm Maria

Okay, Monday, still looks like decreasing size with strong onshore slop, but we won’t know for sure until Saturday morning. (we can only call winds 48 hours or less before the surf time )

Tuesday looks like another swell Correction:  A Nor’easter not Philippe starts rolling in bringing those huge waves you see on the charts,  ENE (Tropical Storm Philippe starts rolling in from the ESE and by Wednesday mid-day it gets big with big onshore winds.  It looks like Thursday the big gets bigger with a few feet overhead in size with 15 to 25 mph ENE winds, depending on surfing South or at the Cape maybe shoulder high.

Chad, image 5 of 6 shot sequence, Tropical Storm Maria
Chad, image 5 of 6 shot sequence, Tropical Storm Maria
Chad, image 6 of 6 shot sequence, Tropical Storm Maria
Chad, image 6 of 6 shot sequence, Tropical Storm Maria

The photo gallery of Chad here is from Day one of Tropical Storm Maria here at the Cape on September 13 2011.

They don't have any pictures of the beautiful 3 choice draft beer and wine trailer, but just so you know, the Fest is Kid friendly :)
They don't have any pictures of the beautiful 3 choice draft beer and wine trailer, but just so you know, the Fest is Kid friendly 🙂

Oh, Don’t forget, next Friday is our Cape Canaveral Friday Fest,  so you get to support our local Artists, Vendors, public schools when you buy their draft beer at the beer-booth 🙂

The next Friday Fest is scheduled for October 7th 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 & a rock climbing wall, live entertainment along with beer & wine.

Live entertainment will include “Mo Geetz” on Taylor Avenue & “Lonnie & Delinda” on Poinsetta Avenue.

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

Have a great Friday 🙂

oldwaverider

Hurricane Katia update, Gulf Coast Disturbance headed NW, Labor Day weekend 26th Annual NKF Surf Festival, Hurricane preparation, Cape Canaveral Friday Fest, Surf Report Thursday afternoon (at 4:00 PM) and Surf Forecast for Cape Canaveral n Cocoa Beach, Uncle Joe got a new rocking chair (posted September 01, 2011)


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Maybe a 2nd chance at a barrel?  Photo by Mike Melito, an old surf buddy. Hurricane Irene, the 2nd day. Pic 1
Maybe a 2nd chance at a barrel? Photo by Mike Melito, an old surf buddy. Hurricane Irene, the 2nd day. Pic 1

FRIDAY NITE UPDATE (from this original Thursday afternoon surf report book 😉  Wind swell coming in late Saturday with waist high size and onshore winds; nothing exciting but something ridable somewhere 🙂

Sunday, the same wind swell, small, persists until late afternoon, when the first dribble of Cane Katia starts sending in waves.  Playalinda and Spanish House could have some nice chest high size and slight offshore winds (SSE to SE; S winds are 32 degrees offshore at Playalinda and 26 degrees at Spanish House).  2nd light to RC’s will have sideshore SSE to SE winds.

Monday and Tuesday will be growing from chest to overhead by Tuesday , right now looking onshore winds in the 15 to 20 range.


Wednesday and Thursday will be pushing the 2 to 4 foot plus overhead range, also with onshore winds, but………….Thursday and or Friday (or both days),  could be the big and offshore wind days.  So we will keep you updated on that mostly, once Tuesday and Wednesday night roll around when I can get more accurate wind data.

Oh, Katia is still a Cat 1 Hurricane, but it still shows to be a Cat 3 by Wednesday, and should be about 850 East of Daytona at that point, so if the wind sheer models hold, it should start aiming some Northward, and if the wind sheer models don’t hold,  then start packing…………just kidding, but listen close to the weather.

Here endeth the Friday , Sept. 2nd update for surf coming our way.  Below is my post from Thursday afternoon…

I just don’t know if the title of this post is quite long enough…

There’s a lot going on 😉

Katia went Hurricane Category 1 hurricane late last night or this morning.  Should be a Cat 3 by Monday, and by Tuesday it will only be 1100 miles from us, though the general consensus is that an upper wind sheer with keep it diverted off our part of the coastline anyhow.  As the general consensus goes.   Still,  like I mentioned the other day,  consider doing your Boy Scout stuff like water, canned goods, extra cat and dog food, batteries, fans and if you really wanna get anal, some water purification tablets…okay, I’m slipping into Alarmist syndrome here, my bad 🙂

Before we get into Katia and forecasts, we have some Hurricane Irene pics here from Saturday (the day after the big day 🙂  down around Slater Lane, mid-morning chest high waves, pretty much perfection. 

It did turn into some coverage.  Mike Melito photographer.  Hurricane Irene, glassy day two. Saturday
It did turn into some coverage. Mike Melito photographer. Hurricane Irene, glassy day two. Saturday

The photos were taken by a surf buddy and high school friend Mike Melito.  (He also did my Hurricane Earl and Danielle pics last year)

It was head high down by Satellite Beach, but I couldn’t make it down there. In between in North Cocoa Beach (as shown in these pics it was still pretty sweet)  But I did surf some incredibly fun waist to stomach high waves at Johnson Ave,  so needless to say, I was happy.

Also, Ross at CFLsurf.com has an incredible array of photos from Irene at his site (Picasa Web gallery) , check him out too.

Nice waist to chest high left.
Nice waist to chest high left.

The 1st Friday of the month Friday Fest of Cape Canaveral is September 2nd, this Friday.  The band Vilifi, whom I heard before is awesome, 3 piece band with incredible guitar player, drummer and bass.  (Obviously, those would be the 3 instruments for a 3 piece band, but my point is, each musician is incredible 🙂  If the link takes long to load, then just click on Cape Canaverals city website, and go to the 7th menu link for Friday Fest.

Hard to tell if it would be a good longboard day ;)  Photos by Mike Melito.
Hard to tell if it would be a good longboard day 😉 Photos by Mike Melito.

It still appears that Katia will start throwing us some waves Sunday night after dark,  with some waist to chest high waves building Monday, onshore winds.  The swell may provide some huge stuff, may last for 3 to 5 days.

The models are showing some possible offshore winds on Tuesday, which I would imagine that has to do with the storm in the Gulf which may become a cane also, heading toward Houston, cause it’s too early for Katia to be going offshore.

In Summary,  aside from a little wind swell we may have in the next couple days,  Monday starts Katia, and Tuesday it should be about 1100 miles offshore.  If it goes North with at least 600 miles off the coast we could have some killer waves by Wednesday or Thursday.

All alone...
All alone...

Don’t forget to have a blast and at the same time support the 26th Annual  NKF (National Kidney Foundation)  Surf Festival, check out their site for this year here.  The event takes place at the Cocoa Beach Pier starting Thursday Sept.1st.

Waitin on a duck diver to get in a good place :)  Hurricane Irene , the day after photos by Mike Melito
Waitin on a duck diver to get in a good place 🙂 Hurricane Irene , the day after photos by Mike Melito

We’ll keep ya posted.  If you don’t have a long leash for your cat or dog, get one, and a cage, just in case.  (what’s this guy so obsessed about pets for ?)

Later,

oldwaverider