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:
At Mavericks, it breaks best with a NW swell from triple overhead to 80 foot faces before it starts closing out and getting dangerous. Hey, check out the chart. I wouldn’t kid you about something like that 😉 Their water temp is around 52°, with a 12 foot at 12 second period swell with onshore winds, and my guess, 20 foot faces right now on the sets.
Our Surf; we have 67.5 to 68 degree water for Sunday morning, and Rib to Shoulder high waves for the afternoon Sunday.Winds, at 2 to 3 PM are showing 16 mph NNW at the Cape.Air temp, 53°, with a 48 ° feels like temperature. But, it should be fairly glassy. I give it a 60 to 70 % chance that the winds do let the swell actually hit our beaches. Could be a fun session with a low crowd factor 🙂
Monday morning, if the swell is permitted to hit our beaches, it could be some glassy leftovers with size, it doubt any bigger than waist high anywhere.
The Photos here are from the ENE swell on February 4rth 2012 at Hightower’s, where we had rib to shoulder high waves with some overhead faces on the drops.
Short Surf Report below…the focus now is big wave video, my drug of choice 🙂
I had better be seeing one of you Johnson Avenue (and nearby streets :), Surfers asking Kelly Slater for the next steps you need to take to put yourself in places of Billabong XXL Surf locations. Not everyone or anyone is a hard core adrenaline junky, and not all adrenaline junkies burn their testosterone on the sport of Surfing, but the one who is, it’s a great chance to pursue your passion and live a dream of very few who have ever given it a try by just asking one of the folks in the Surfing World in Brevard how you can get started. It can’t hurt to have God on your side too like Slater and a number of others 🙂 (this is a blog right?, so I have to express opinions, you don’t have to buy them, but I do hope to help with producing those videos in the future)
This footage, is the sickest, most close-up, crystal clear stock of up close Jaws paddle-in surfing of 45 to 60 foot face Jaws. The day was January 4, 2012. Yeah there’s been a number of videos lately on the two massive paddle in sessions at Jaws this year, including that awesome Jeff Rowley footage; but these are 2 Surfer faces that aren’t seen there or haven’t been seen there before. Alex Gray, a balsy charger in the massive Cloudbreak, Fiji swell of July 2011, and I know other spots in the last year and a half (just can’t remember right now, and I’m sleepy). Plus, his eye for video and video creation and editing makes it that much more alive. His friend Dave Wassell, another insane charger (also a life guard in Hawaii and a Comedian, go figures :), who also has a respected set of Testostorone producing big wave chasing _ _ _ _s, some images from Cloudbreak of Dave show his passion for big-wave paddle in.
This video is pure eye-candy. I hope you have a Free Vimeo account so you can enjoy this puppy. (Vimeo is the YouTube place but with super HD full screen video as a standard)
The next few days we should have smaller than today down South, but more of the same, kinda of 2 to 3 foot swell that can be fun at the right tides. But Sunday night we do have a 5 to 6 foot swell rolling in that should be around for at least 2 to 3 days. The winds look to be N to NNW Wednesday Am in the 7 to 10 mph range and then going straight North. At the right tide it could be fun.
When Sunday gets closer we’ll track the swell and winds a little tighter. Have a great Wednesday hump day!
PHOTO GALLERY – UNKNOWN JOHNSON AVE SURFER PLUS HIGHTOWER BEACH GALLERY
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Today was Chest high peaks peeling left and right, with A-frames at Hightowers 🙂 Well, it would have been nice if we had direct offshore winds, but…close enough, a little SSE to S, maybe SSW light. Only 8 or 10 of us out, and again, I didn’t even need a wetsuit, the water was hanging around 69 ° again.
The first set of photos are from an Unknown Surfer to me, at Johnson Ave on a nice right. (maybe one day I’ll find out the names of the unknowns 🙂 The Johnson Avenue photos were taken about 12:30 PM, around 40 minutes past low-tide.
The second part of the slideshow, is from Hightower Beach with a guy on a chest to shoulder high left. I took those around 10:15, after the winds turned SSE from calm, so it wasn’t as glassy as when I first paddled out around 8:30.
The rights and lefts were working great, the lefts maybe had some more juice to them.
Mondaymay have some knee to waist high glass with a high period in the daybreak AM to kick up the power.The winds turn offshore just after Mid-nite, out of the SW and coming around to WNW at daybreak in the 3 to 7 mph range. By 9 or 10 AM, it appears to turn onshore out of the SSE.
I don’t think the winds will blow the remaining swell flat overnight, so fingers crossed for some knee to waist high waves, Cape to Satellite Beach respectively 🙂
After Monday’s leftover’s, I don’t see much of anything down the Pike, except some knee high plus stuff for the Pier.
Sunday Surf potential is looking great! More in a minute on Sunday Surf report down below…
Today (Saturday Feb. 4) was a great day of Onshore chest to head high surf!North RC’s was pumping really nice today, with 4 to 6 foot faces and an occasional 7 foot plus face that rolled through 🙂Many 70 to 100 yard rides were had by shortboarders and 1 longboarder out there. (yours truly)
I took about 250 shots today, only 6 to 8 surfers out at the most at any one time. An easy paddle out, which was a gift from above considering how usually head high plus chop can be a brutal paddle out. From 11 to 2 PM the winds were probably no more than 12 mph east by the time I left my Surf and Photo session.
I hope y’all like variety, but with only 6 surfers out there, I had to find other photo targets, and the beach at a number of nice ladies soaking up the sun and entertaining their kids or nieces, nephews 🙂
Hey, one Surfer Girl skinned it surfing there in a 2 piece, and she said she was fine until she got to the boardwalk and the winds started hitting. It was warm out there today, nice 🙂
Sunday Surf; looks like a solid waist high to maybe rib high for the Cape and chest to shoulder high in Satellite Beach.The winds are now looking to be direct South winds from the Cape to Satellite. As y’all know, South winds are slight offshore for the South
Streets (4rth st south to 16th), but are 6 to 10 degrees offshore for Satellite Beach when you go South of 2nd light. The winds are looking to be 5 to 7 mph South at daybreak, possibly SSE until 8 AM, then South around 5 to 7. So it could easily be SSW for an hour or two until mayb 9 AM.
The Cape, we may have some SSW by 9 or 10 Am for an hour or two, but that comes with 30 to 50 % Isolated Thunder Storms. South winds are onshore for the Cape, so to catch the glass, South of Picnic tables is your best bet.
Either way, it should be a fun morning until the noon 50% chance of T-Storms hit.
Today, we’ll be seeing weak chop/slop coming in, but by tonight and by Saturday morning, we should have some overhead chop down South, and chest to shoulder high here at the Cape.
Sunday, could beSSW at 5 -7 mph in Satellite Beach in the early morning, maybe until 8 or 9 AM. Canaveral and Cocoa Beach are showing South winds at daybreak. Should be chest to shoulder high from North to South respectively. Get it early!It will be high tide going low and at 8-9 AM it will be mid-tide, with Low tide around 11:50 AM Sunday morning. That’s your prime time with light winds and tide 🙂
Monday morning the swell drops way off, but…the final period strength of the swell rolls in Monday morning so at daybreak, it could have some waist high power with offshore winds until 8 or 9 Am, maybe.
We’ll give an update sometime Saturdayto see how my 40 % “stick my neck out there” chance of offshore winds in Satellite Beach is falling into place 😉
New swell starts rolling in sometime Tuesday it looks like, another wind swell.
Don’t forget the Cape Canaveral Friday Fest tonight!“Flight Risk” will be the band on stage, and the consistently great sounds of “Lonnie & Delinda” will be under the tent on Poinsetta.
Incoming wind swell, probably will hang on for 3 or 4 days, with 4 to 6 foot face heights, depending a North or South break. More on the swell in a minute and down below…
This photo was taken by Stu and Malia Johnson, where they are Professional Photographers in Fiji, right by the famous break of “Cloudbreak”. Their website for a great variety of their work is here. (Yeah, I added the poem enhancement because it is one of the best pictures of a wave I have ever seen)
A friend posted the poem below to help stop violence in schools. For my Christian and Atheist friends and those in the middle, it certainly is food for thought when all the Public Schools had the “Neon Sign” reminder if you will removed from Public; (Christian Prayer in Schools, 10 Commandments taken from Courthouses and the Pledge of Allegiance diminshed ) Without a constant reminder, kids don’t have that deep down message that can get thru with them 🙂
I placed this in here because , well this is a blog 🙂 , and also because I see it’s wonderful power…
Mary had a little lamb his fleece was white as snow and every where that Mary went the lamb was sure to go. He followed her to school one day, it was against the rules. He made the children laugh and play to see a lamb at school. And then the rules all changed one day, illegal it became; to bring…. the Lamb of God to school or even say his name. Everyday got worse and worse, and days turned into years. Instead of hearing children laugh we heard gun shots and tears. What must we do to stop the crime thats in our schools today? Let the Lamb come back to school and teach our kids to PRAY!!!!
Back to Incoming Surf…
The swell starts rolling in Monday morning really steep from the NE. But by Tuesday, the angle turns from the East, on thru Thursday at least. We should see 4 to 6 foot faces depending on a North break or a South break. (obviously , the closer to Satellite Beach the bigger 🙂 Mostly medium East winds (probably 10 to 15 mph) until Thursday or Friday.
Possible offshore day on Thursday or Friday. We’ll keep ya posted.
10:30 PM Tuesday night update from 8:15 PM Report.The 120 is shrinking out there, to 3.9 ft at 6 seconds. I’m giving 11-12 AM waves in the morning about a 30 percent chance, as far as the size stated below. If it starts something after 3 or 4 Am and keeps rolling in, then we may be good, but I’m not optimistic. Read on below on my 8:15 PM report just so we’re on the same page, in case it does kick in some waves. Here endeth the 10:30 PM update.
There is a slideshow of these images below, but these you can at least click and see them closeup/higher rez if you want.
I skipped the pre-noon glass cause the size or pseudo-power wasn’t in yet, for the Cape. I had a fun 1 or 2 hour sesh on Johnson, with some fun semi-clean knee to thigh high sets with maybe a waist high coming thru. Lefts seemed to be working best. At least I didn’t have to do a wetsuit since the water was still 65° and the air temp 70 ish.
I was fortunate enough to be surfing with Leo, a guy visiting from Holland. He said they have to wait quite a while for waves, and said the water temp over there right now is 0 to 4 degrees Celsius. The guy had a style I could only hope to achieve, especially when he told me he hadn’t been out for 5 months, due to getting over an injury.
(But he’s still under 35 or 40 so he’s still yougn 🙂 Couldn’t pass that one up Leo, if you’re reading this. It was a great time, even if the waves were small.
Wednesday Surf; Right now (8:00 PM) the 120 buoy is telling me lousy waves for the morning, because the swell period out there is 6 seconds which provides no swell or power. But……….I suspect/believe after midnight, we may have an 8 or 9 second period start to push out there bringing us a 7 second period 2 to 3 foot swell by 9 Am ish. I believe that a paddle out at 11 AM could be fun down South and maybe at the Cape. The pier will fall in the middle. The winds will be 7 to 10 mph westerly mostly at 11 or 12 and picking up thru the day, and low tide is at 9:20 AM so a paddle out at 11:30 will have more water, the full 7 or 8 second period strength of the overnight push. The swell will have it’s last push out of the East instead of the NE like it was coming in today. So that should help for the Cape and the Pier and the Streets, the way they get blocked out by NE, and make the best impact of swell from 2nd light to RC’s.
The photos here are from a similar 2 to 3 foot 7 second period type of swell. Mostly longboard stuff , down South, but probably some short board fun.
JOHNSON AVENUE SURF GALLERY– 2011 YEAR IN REVIEW, SORT OF (Sept thru Dec.)
SUNDAY MORNING UPDATE AT 8:30 AM; THE SMALL INCOMING SWELL WAS 3.5 FT AT 11 SECONDS AT THE 120, BUT……….it stopped coming in at 11 PM last night (Saturday night), which means about 8 or 9 hours travel time to our beaches, so it was here at maybe 8 AM, and then dropped to 2.5 ft at 10 seconds at the 120 at Midnight which is not the minimum we need for a swell to hit the beach. We need about 2.6 to 3 feet at 10 or 11 seconds to get a ground swell that is ridable here (Ross at CFL surf figured that one out). Sorry folks, no waves. Maybe a ripple for SUP’s and big long boards when the tide gets lower, but the winds turn onshore by noon. But have a great Sunday anyhow with the nice weather 🙂Back to Friday nights update post below……..
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Slept thru the New Year…;)>
A few Johnson Avenue Surfers, 2011 year in review………………photo gallery 🙂
Big, No. ……….Possibly fun and rideable, yeah 🙂 Tonight an Easterly Swell is creeping in and kicking out the steep NE swell we’ve had.
Thursday was great, waist high plus in Satellite, perfect glass, light 5 to 7 offshore winds. It was even comfortable without any suit. Yeah, I did have a rash guard on and it was 1:00 and a nice 60 degrees, so yeah that did help.
Anyhow, Saturday morn should bring some knee to rib high waves from the Cape to Satellite.Light offshore winds SW to West most of Saturday around 3 to 6 mph. I’d say, if it ain’t big enough
here at the Cape, pick your spot in Satellite at mid-tide high going low and you should have some waist high long lines somewhere.It will be 52 at daybreak, but by 9 AM sunny and 60 ° , so if you don’t want the suit to bog ya down, it will be rash guard-able.
Sunday, should be 6 to 9.5 inches bigger on the face, same air temps, offshore from the NW,
but……………………….., it will turn onshore by Noon or earlier. So if you’re gonna do Church, do it at 8, and be in the water by 9:30. May have some rib high waves down South and maybe some thigh high at the Cape.
DON’T FORGET CAPE CANAVERAL FRIDAY FEST TONIGHT!The band is “Vilifi” and they are damn good. (scuse the french). The Fest goes from 6 to 10 PM, great food, great beer, awesome local Art
talent, Vendors, and ya may meet your future companion, hey whatever !
Have a great weekend!
Oldwaverider Film Ministries (one day 🙂
This phenomenal year for waves apparently doesn’t want to give up yet……The most consistent run of good waves for us all year, along with at least 6 each 10 foot face plus perfect glass waves within Brevard County shores…
Today, or this morning looks really fun, and by late afternoon we have a new possible Christmas Day swell starting to push in. The swell is coming mostly from the East, so I don’t think we’ll get blocked out. We may even get lucky with the new swell hitting by 1 or 2 PM and have the winds still a little offshore. It’s SSW winds here at the Cape, yeah, kinda sideshore w a little offshore, but still looks really clean. By afternoon anyhow, we ought to see some waist high plus waves.
Saturday, should produce some waist to chest high sets, and right now, the winds are showing W to NW until 9 AM Saturday here at the Cape, turning NNW till maybe 11 or 12 and then North. (6 to 8 mph then increasing to 10 to 15 mph once it goes N to NNE)
Christmas Day Sunday also ought to have something rideable for us, the winds we’ll have to wait and check tonight, but as it stands, it looks to be very light onshore for Sunday AM, around 7 mph SE at daybreak.
Have a great Winter Warm Water Day! 70.5° , gotta love it 🙂