Okay, I stopped surfing for 5 months, but Rip Van Winkle is alive again…
Here’s the challenge, Monday 04-24-17, we have a nice ground swell in the 2-3 foot range at 12-13 seconds, which could produce some head high faces on the biggest sets. But, we do have high tide at 6:40 AM, for Satellite Beach, we also have a front coming in from the Gulf it appears that will be sending powerful off shore winds cranking over the 10-15 mph range by perhaps as early as 10 or 11 AM Monday morning,and then increasing throughout the day.
It may be fun all day, but along with powerful west winds, there is also a 50% call for Scattered Thundershowers at 10 AM.
So, get out early, and find the best high tide break, and hopefully we’ll get 2 hours of really fun chest high surf 😉
I just love this feeling of making it, just barely over the top, compliments of magicseaweed.com, the article if you haven’t read it, about Grant Twiggy Baker is here:
The 120 buoy has had some 6 foot readings in the 11 second period range as of 5:00 PM today and around 8 PM, with some 9 second readings mixed in. So this is part two of the swell we have had,along with a new swell rolling in.
It should be offshore , turning NW in the 4-8 mph range Sunday morning. High tide around 4:08 am, so by 7:30 it should start having some juice to it, provided no morning sickness is upon us. I think it will be waist to rib high and fairly glassy down south. The size up North should be more like the waist high range.
A few photos below of Hurricane Ida and Oldwaverider, shot by my buddy Mike Melito, the big day, but in my old age, some days, I don’t want to battle the 8-12 foot face days paddle out, and in this case, I headed back North to Canaveral, skipping my favorite Satellite Beach Breaks. So i went soft a few days, 🙂
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:
Here is a Nurse Shark:
Black Tip Shark:
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.
HERE IS A VIDEO VISUAL REPORT FOR SATELLITE BEACH, taken today, at 1:30 PM Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013. Nice head high to 2 foot overhead drops, semi-glassy 70 to 120 yard shortboard rides 🙂 video by , in a hurry, Walk On Water Productions.biz
WednesdaySize still looks to be waist to chest for the Cape, maybe head high for the pier, and epic Overhead glass in Satellite Beach with light 4 to 8 mph W-WNW winds until 1 or 2 ish.
Thursday, Size looks the same and maybe a foot bigger, with winds offshore until later perhaps. Winds maybe in the 12 to 15 mph range on Thursdday, Friday should have some leftovers with brisk offshore winds also.
PHOTO GALLERY OF A SURFER IN SATELLITE BEACH TODAY
We do have a few waves coming, a windswell that may blow in Saturday, very low period swell, so it may be some waist to chest high chop, and Monday night, maybe a swell…more in a sec
It wasn’t quite breaking at Johnson Ave today (Friday 8/3/2012), and I wasn’t quite ready to start work, so I took a drive down to Satellite Beach, at about 1 to 2 hours after high tide, like 10:30 to 11:30 AM, and took some surf photos of some fun looking 1 to 2.678 foot waves, fairly glassy, only 2 or 3 or 4 people out. And a few other miscellaneous photos, …
We may have a wind swell blow in Saturday sometime to bring us some waist to chest chop until maybe Sunday or so, but it is a low period wind chop, so hard to tell if it will be rideable or not. But, it’s a shot at something, so get excited.
Monday night, we may have a 1 to 1.5 day small ground swell to hit for the evening and for Tuesday morning, in the waist to chest high range. Sunday night and Monday night we’ll update the winds to see if Tuesday looks like it could be a really fun day, or just a day 🙂
Friday Fest tonight at the Cape, so make sure to go support your local Vendors at their booths!
TUESDAY MORNING MINI-CAM LIVE VISUAL UPDATE, SEE BELOW SLIDESHOW ->
OLDWAVERIDER – PHOTO GALLERY
Tuesday morning still looks good, maybe semi-epic again almost like last Monday…more in a minute…
These photos my buddy Mike took of me while he and Steve shouted In-sensitive comments to me down below as I attempted to grab a few waves as a Senior Citizen amongst the younger crowds 🙂
Pretty fun session for sure, from Saturday night the 14th of July 2012.
Tuesday looks to be Waist to Chest high going from the Cape to Satellite Beach. Winds start blowing South by Midnight it looks, which is offshore about 8 or 10 degrees in Satellite Beach, but onshore here at the Cape. But by daybreak, it turns SSW around 5 to 8 mph, and I bet we get an hour of SW winds, so the Cape should be clean and fun, and down South , glassy and chest high.
Below is the Tuesday morning 7:30 AM, mini cam update.
Wednesday ought to have NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
FINAL SPACE SHUTTLE LAUNCH VIDEOAND THE 747 PIGGYBACK RIDE WITH SHUTTLE TO THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTEplus a little Surfing in it on the same launch day with Scooter and some still shots of Chad on our epic day in April or May of this year (2012, for future readers 🙂
SATURDAY NIGHT 10:30 PM SURF UPDATE FOR SUNDAY MORNING! The winds are supposed to lay down to around 5 mph East in the Am, instead of the 10 to 15 mph that I thought would be here, and the winds may stay light until after lunch. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? Well, this looks like a ground swell, so we could have some lines with nice form and rib high waves at the Cape and chest to shoulder high maybe down South with very nice form.
The music is by the Phenomenal “Jack Johnson” , Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Surfer, Videographer, need I say more about Jack? 🙂 The track is titled “Traffic In The Sky”, and the Insane photo is by the great PhotographerMalia Johnson and her husband Stu Johnson, Photographer, they both live in Fiji and shoot the epic “Cloudbreak” and “Restaurants” surfbreaks in Tavuara, Fiji. I have them mentioned in my Links page on this site.
Coming Surf! For 2 days running, it still appears that Monday is the potential Epic Day with chest high waves down South and maybe bigger sets, and waist high plus at the Cape (from a ground swell), with offshore winds maybe all morning. Today the swell starts rolling in slowly, peaks on Sunday with median onshore winds maybe chest high at the Cape, so Sunday at the right tides (high going low), it could be really fun! Tuesdaymay also have some morning offshore winds with the size dropping off some.
When I look at the buoys tonight, I will probably do an update for Sunday and talk about the wind speeds a little more accurately.
Have a Great Weekend and Enjoy Summer Waves! Three summers in a row we have had waves (not including Canes), so our God has been gracious 🙂
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!
Full size images below if you want to click on them and see full screen.
DAVE L. – Photo Gallery
Dave L. had a really nice right here, threw some nice spray after the drop in, and set up for a great re-entry. Man Dave rips!!!
It was a solid waist high plus today at Johnson…It depends on whether your leaning over or not <:) I would have had some chest high drops for sure.
It actually hit 13.5 feet at 8 seconds at the 120 buoy and hit 6.5 feet at 7 seconds at the 20 mile buoy at 2 PM today!
A wind swell , definitely not a ground swell, but with 15 mph plus SW offshore winds (kind of offshore for the Cape) starting this morning, there was actually plenty of fun barrels and peaks to be had. Sunny and Dave L. had a great session.
I took about 45 minutes of photos, to try and test out my new found knowledge on the Sony cam 🙂 After, the field session at Hightowers/RC’s for “No Name ENE swell” with 10 foot plus wave faces last Monday October 10, and a camera out of focus, that was pretty painful ;(
Surf Report for Thursday. FLAT
Tuesday it appears to be a swell coming in in the 3 to4 foot range, so when it starts getting close we’ll keep ya updated.
Anyhow, I’ll be putting a Sunny Gallery up right after this one.
Full size images below if you want to click on them and see full screen.
WE HAVE MORE WAVES COMING! … I’ll give the update down below after a couple words about the photos here.
The first actual day of Tropical Storm Maria brought some pretty fun thigh to waist high waves around the Cape and Johnson. I got out late, did a quick sesh, and then wanted to get some pics of Dr. John and some others.
I hope ya enjoy the pics, it was a good time taking the photos, and I do apologize again, I left the zoom on to high, oops, my bad 😉
Dr. John was having a good day, with both great lefts and rights to even out the morning.
Friday surf is the first day I’ll talk about. Thursday, small wind chop, go south if you want waist high or bigger chop. Save your energy. Friday, may get a small additional push of a SE swell, very small push, but…it could very well be waist to some chest high sets depending on where you go. The wind should be West , 4 to 6 mph at daybreak switching to SW before Noon, and then onshore. Could be a fun day, maybe not much power, but a fun morning sesh.
Saturday and Sunday may be similar to Friday. Offshore in the morning, remants of a lingering wind, non-ground swell. I could be way off base thinking this little wind swell that came down as a NE’ster could be hanging like this, but it seems to be coupling up with a little SE swell being pushed ahead of Tropical Storm Ophelia. It’s not actually part of Ophelia, but it seems to be keeping a constant low pressure working out there just enough to push in some mild wind swell waves.
Sunday, late, TS Ophelia, starts really making it’s push from the SE, and should be around 1000 miles East/Southeast of Miami by Monday afternoon. Sunday may have some weird waves from both swells, with offshore winds so it could be fun for most of the day.
Monday morning, could be chest high plus down South, and maybe waist plus at the Cape with offshore winds in the morning until maybe mid-morning.BUT…WINDS ARE IFFY THIS FAR OUT TRYING TO CALL,UNTIL WE ARE 48 HOURS BEFORE THE DAY OF SURF, AND THEN THEY ARE ONLY ABOUT 80% ACCURATE!
Tuesday could be some shoulder to head high waves and possibly Wednesday. This all could change easily, but I just wanted to share what the models are showing right now.
We’ll stop there. Ophelia as the models show right now, may never become a Cane, but it could give us the same beautiful waves that Maria did.
Keep your fingers and prayers up for a good day Friday, and then especially Monday and Tuesday.