How the Waves were Thursday, Tropical Storm Maria, Hurricane Katia update, Surf Report Wednesday night (at 8:45 PM) and Surf Forecast for Cape Canaveral n Cocoa Beach (posted September 08, 2011)


A nice waist high line in K-38 Mexico.  My buddy Rob surfing in March of this year.  A surf break that myself and a buddy Cliff surfed many years ago, camping on the Cliff's 150 feet above the beach.
A nice waist high line in K-38 Mexico. My buddy Rob surfing in March of this year. A surf break that myself and a buddy Cliff surfed many years ago, camping on the Cliff's 150 feet above the beach.

The Waves Thursday at O’ Club kept trying to hit double overhead today, just like Wednesday, but only made it to the 3 foot overhead, with an occassional bigger set wave.  I don’t think that it was as good as yesterday.  The closeouts were a little more dominant, but because of the size, at least 100 yard rides were to be had, unlike the 1 and half to 2 football field rides that were for the taking if you waited 30 minutes for “That” wave on Wednesday at O’ Club.

Johnson Avenue was similar for closeouts and had some head high plus waves early, the Pier a little bigger.  The considerable size difference we had both yesterday and today (Thursday) from the Cape on one end of the spectrum to Patrick and Satellite Beach allowed for the waves down South to hold up much longer for some really nice shoulders and some pretty intense power.

Katia is delivering it’s last real day of surf for us Friday.  We should see waist-high at Canaveral , IF, it’s not blocked out by the Cape’s point sticking out into the Ocean.  It ought to be chest to shoulder-high as you work your way toward Satellite Beach.  The winds should be West switching to SW around noon or one, and then to SSW to onshore.

Maria looks to be sending us some swell Sunday thru Thursday, but keep in mind the models are still developing, and it is heading West so until it becomes a Cane, the models can diminish quite a bit.

Fun waves we’ve had huh, between Irene and Katia.

If you make it out Friday morning, have fun and take pictures and feel free to send them to me.

Thanks and have a great weekend!

oldwaverider

How the Waves were Wednesday morning, New Tropical Depression No. 14, Hurricane Katia update, Surf Report Wednesday night (at 5:15 PM) and Surf Forecast for Cape Canaveral n Cocoa Beach (posted September 07, 2011)


Tropical Storm Maria is still 2600 miles Southeast of us, but by Monday it will be quite close. Compliments of stormpulse.com
Tropical Storm Maria is still 2600 miles Southeast of us, but by Monday it will be quite close. Compliments of stormpulse.com

My apologies.  I should have stuck to my original gut instinct, as I shared on last nights post/report, regarding the size.  This swell that only hit 6 feet at 14 seconds at the 120 buoy created 10 foot plus solid faces this morning at O’ Club.

It was 3 to 4 foot overhead (on the major sets, with an ocassional, rogue wave too, maybe 1 foot bigger on the face)  at O’ Club, probably a foot bigger at RC’s.  Word was, it was closing out pretty bad in Satellite Beach, but O’ Club, if you let the closeouts roll by,  epic form with no closeout was to be had.

If you tried to make a full bottom turn, short board or longboard, you got pounded.  I learned fast.  Take the drop and slam hard halfway down, and back up under the lip and there were plenty 150 to 200 yard rides to be had.  YES, THAT’S WHAT I SAID.  THE SET WAVES AROUND 11 AM, IF YOU LET THE CLOSEOUTS PASS BY, AND THERE WERE PERFECT WAVES ALL THE WAY TO THE BEACH.   THE PADDLE OUT WAS PROBABLY 250 TO 300 YARDS, THUS THE 200 YARD RIDES.  Lefts and Rights, incredible, perfect glass, light winds, and no crowds!

The first paddle out took 6 minutes.  The 2nd was brutal, 18 minutes.  The first session was the long rides.  The 2nd was more rides but more dumpage, do to fatigue 🙂

Thursday,  overhead down south again, PROBABLY THE SAME SIZE AS WEDNESDAY MORNING FOR HALF OF THE DAY ! WSW to noonish then SW 4 to 10 mph winds,  glassy and mid-tide, high going low is the best time.

Friday, waist to shoulder high.  (Cape verses Satellite) Glassy WNW  to West to SW, 4 to 6 mph.

Sea Lice again...
Sea Lice again...

Still some Sea Lice out there, so prepare for those big mosquito bites ;( Plus there is still Moon Jelly fish laying on the beach.

Tropical Storm Maria is about 2600 miles SouthEast of us and ought to be 650 miles east and a little south of Miami on Monday.

Nate is in the Gulf, and could cause some issues if it heads Northeast.

Enjoy epic Thursday!

Forgive my backing down on the original size mentioned last night.

oldwaverider

Overhead waves Wednesday, Hurricane Katia update, Surf Report Tuesday night (at 9:15 PM) and Surf Forecast for Cape Canaveral n Cocoa Beach (posted September 06, 2011)


It never hit more than 6 feet something at the 120 buoy last night (Tuesday nite, its 5:24 AM Wednesday now), it did hit 8.5 feet at the 20 mile buoy but that means nothing if the 120 never delivered the size to the 20 mile buoy.  It’s not near enough to give us 3 to 4 foot overhead waves, if we didn’t have even larger waves hit the 120, like say 10 or 12 feet out there.  The winds were South to SSW last night at the 120 which on weaker swells could hold it back from coming in to us,  but I don’t see how this stopped a hurricane swell in the 14 to 15  second period range.  But it did.  I’ll go check the waves at 6:30 or so, but I imagine the best we’ll see is chest high at the Cape and slight overhead down south.

GET EXCITED THOUGH.  Okay, it won’t be huge, but…………we still get awesome waves for today thru possibly Friday.  The winds will be west in some angle of another, SW sometime today, moving to maybe NW on Friday, but hey,  chest high to slight overhead is GREATTTTTTTTTTTTT!   My apologies for the pessimism of no 3 to 4 foot overhead stuff.  We got lots of fun waves here 🙂

Anyhow,  We may see overhead waves down south, but I don’t see how it could hit 3 to 4 feet overhead when it never hit even 10 or 12 feet at the 120.  We’ll see;  I imagine it still has to be head high or slight overhead anyhow.

Below continues my update from last night, from before the 120 did its thing or not, last night.

Wednesday morning, high tide around 4 AM, high going low is real good, mid-tide around 7 AM,  anyhow, Cape size ought to be chest high to head high as it builds a little thru the day, not much.  What’s not good is SSW winds in the morning.  That’s total side-shore winds, but if it’s closer to SW then we may have a few degrees offshore.

It may break head high, but this one is very difficult to call,  (yeah I know, I’m stretching my neck here 😉        My best guess would be 3 to 4 foot overhead in Satellite Beach on the bigger sets.   If this storm is as powerful as they hint it to be (they being meteorologists that tout the size fetch of this storm, and its a higher period swell than all but Bill which was 900 miles off the coast with)  we’ll see.

Satellite is looking to have SW winds from like 2 to 10 AM, which is perfect for their angle.  The Cape is showing SSW winds until 9 AM and then switching to SW.    SW isn’t even good for us, SSW is less user friendly.  In the 8 to 12 mph range.

Anyhow we’ll see, I’ll probably fill in more tomorrow.

oldwaverider

Great Waves on Wednesday thru Friday probably, Sea Lice Alert, Hurricane Katia update, Surf Report Monday night (at 8:30 PM) and Surf Forecast for Cape Canaveral n Cocoa Beach (posted September 05, 2011)


Tuesday as of 5 AM Katia, and its position Wednesday at 2 PM, Cat 3, then maybe Cat 4 today and back to 3 or 2.
Tuesday as of 5 AM Katia, and its position Wednesday at 2 PM, Cat 3, then maybe Cat 4 today and back to 3 or 2.

UPDATE FOR TUESDAY MORNING.  Katia is a Category 3 Hurricane with 125 mph winds.  It is supposed to hit Category 4 this afternoon, and fortunately still keep heading North.  The reason we have probably 3 days of great waves and the 2 or 3 other days of waves, is not only the strength, but because it’s traveling slow at 10 mph NW, and is staying about 700 miles east of us and throwing in a long fetch for the swell.  It’s staying far from us, and pretty far west of Bermuda to avoid major damage, and then headed toward the North Atlantic so that England and France can get some fun out of this.  What a nice Hurricane!  Back to last nights post and what’s what for Tuesday thru Friday below.

Tuesday morning,  chest high at the Cape,  head high plus down south.  SSW winds starting around 10 mph at daybreak and increasing to probably 20 mph.  Best place for those direction winds; Down south ,  like 8th street south to Satellite Beach.   Up North,  SSW is sideshore to onshore.  Could be fun but find the right break to handle the angle of the winds.  Don’t wear yourself out on it though, Wednesday and Thursday are the days 🙂

Wednesday,  head high plus, probably just overhead at the Cape.  And at Satellite Beach and maybe 2nd light, should be 3 to 4 foot overhead at the right breaks, still overhead about everywhere.  Light SW winds in the 4 to 6 mph range, perfect down south.  At the Pier and the Port, the wind angle is offshore, but barely, since NW winds are perfect for us, and SW is offshore to sideshore.  Since they are light, it should be good everywhere.  Actually, it should be epic down south and just, very good up North. (semantic games 😉

Thursday,  still overhead plus down south, and head high at the Cape, probably overhead at the pier.  Its too early to give accurate winds, but my guess is West winds, maybe WSW, still light under 10 mph.  We’ll give ya an update Tuesday night for Thursday AM winds.

Friday, waist to chest high and dropping pretty fast, west winds to probably NW is my guess.

Have a great Wednesday, and even Tuesday should have some fun even with the high winds.

Later,

oldwaverider

Great Waves on Wednesday thru Friday probably, Sea Lice Alert, Hurricane Katia update, Last day of the Labor Day 26th Annual NKF Surf Festival, Surf Report Sunday night (at 8:30 PM) and Surf Forecast for Cape Canaveral n Cocoa Beach (posted September 04, 2011)


Clay riding a Punta Mango El Salvador perfection.
Clay riding a Punta Mango El Salvador perfection.

Katia will have some waves for us in the morning.  They kind of sent something our way a few hours ago, but the real strength won’t start till the morning.  (Monday morning) Sea Lice are pretty bad again, so get out and buy and try SeaSafe Jellyfish and Sea Lice repellent.  Supposedly it works for before the fact, not after.  See photo of Lice below.

Sea Lice photo, blown up 1000 percent, I believe
Sea Lice photo, blown up 1000 percent, I believe

Monday should have some chest high waves for us and growing thru the day.  The angle of the swell, it’s hard to tell how it will come in for the Cape until another day or so, but I think we’ll see chest high down south for sure, and by the end of the day, chest at the Cape and bigger down south.   South winds from 8 to 15 mph with maybe stronger gusts.

Tuesday, a little bigger, shoulder high and growing, South winds also, but maybe a few hours of SSW winds.  Need I say,  South winds mean first Playalinda (32 degrees offshore) , 2nd Spanish House/Sebastian Inlet (26 degrees offshore).  Definitely, go south of Minuteman Causeway for your best chase for semi-glass or minimal chop.

Wednesday, we should have some overhead waves, probably head high to slight overhead at the Cape, and a couple feet overhead down southSW winds for a few hours in the morning, so get out early.  (though the winds call is iffy, until I check them out Monday night or Tuesday morning for a 75 to 80 % accuracy call for Wednesday morning.

Thursday chest high to overhead as the models look with possible NW winds the first few hours in the morning.

Friday, strangely enough the size looks to increase a foot over Thursday with WNW winds possible in the morning.

Beyond Friday is getting real iffy to try and call.   It is not confirmed that that is a true sea lice photo above, perhaps someone can let me know.

Monday is the last day of the NKF 26th Annual Surf Festival, so get down there and check it out, with the additional thrust in waves from Katia.

The photo above is my buddy from Newport Beach Rob’s friend Clay surfing a classic day at Punta Mango , El Salvador a couple years ago.

Get pumped for Wednesday thru Friday.

oldwaverider

Possible glass and Overhead Waves on Wed or Thurs, Hurricane Katia update, Labor Day 26th Annual NKF Surf Festival, Surf Report Saturday morning (at 8:15 AM) and Surf Forecast for Cape Canaveral n Cocoa Beach (posted September 03, 2011)


Hurricane Katia for when our surf gets great.
Hurricane Katia for when our surf gets great.

Katia getting close enough to start “guessing” the big and glassy days 🙂    Well, almost…

Our local windswell that will be coming in late Saturday afternoon will start bringing surfable waves for today and Sunday.  Onshore, thigh to waist high plus stuff with onshore winds depending on the Cape or toward Patrick and Satellite Beach.

Monday and Tuesday, for 2 days running now show South winds as the Cane starts sending us chest high waves Monday on up to overhead waves by Tuesday, so this is Playalinda and Spanish House type wind.  Offshore in both places.  If you don’t want to drive, then surf anywhere south of 6th Street South and at least it will be 3 to 6 degrees offshore with direct South winds.  RC’s and Hightowers it would be around 10 degrees offshore, and by the way, right now its only showing around 10 to 12 mph South winds so it could be really fun Monday and Tuesday.

Saturday 6 AM swell model update from Magicseaweed.com
Saturday 6 AM swell model update from Magicseaweed.com

WINDS ARE ALWAYS IFFY,  AND THE BEST I CAN CALL ARE WINDS 36 TO 48 HOURS OUT ONLY.  KEEP THAT IN MIND FOR TUESDAY ON, REGARDING THIS REPORT UPDATE !.

Wednesday morning, right now appears to be the biggest day, models of wind are too far out,  but it looks to be SW winds and overhead waves, so down South could be epic.  If you surf up North, with SSW to SW,  you’ll be getting slight onshore to sideshore winds with a very slight offshore, but it wouldn’t be glassy.

Thursday morning, SSW to SW in the morning, head high, glassy down South and by late late afternoon, the winds start turning West so up North should be great by then.

Friday morning looks to be chest to head high an glassy everywhere.

The swell chart here even though it was placed in the style that it is on my favorite data house Magicseaweed.com, these are the same numbers that we see on Surfline, SurfGuru, Wavecaster, etc.  They all get their data from NWW3 and GFS.  But,  MSW has their own programmers that bring the data with shoreline conditions, other storms affecting the storm we are tracking, and they draw interpolations from this with their own created models.   To me they are hands down the best source of raw data interpolated.  (my plug for MSW 🙂  But all the others still do a great job, and the most reliable interpretation of this stuff to give us user friendly reports over the years in my opinion is brother Ross at CFLsurf.com  .

Anyhow,  Katia swell models have  dropped but it now looks like overhead surf that everyone can paddle out and have a great session/s.

The Stormpulse.com image here shows that Katia should be around 700 miles due east of us, which is less powerful than Bill, less than Earl, but still on track to give us multiple days of great surf.

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