This was a noreaster, November 15, 2010. I didn't take the pictures my friend did, but I was right there when he took them, drooling and shedding my warm wintry clothes for some crisp over head barrels.
We did get some solid hurricane swells last year but they were mostly walled up and inconsistent.
There was that one day though where it was solid double over head in VA beach. The swell picked up the night before and was blown out over night. The wind started howling west over night and by mid morning it was huge and clean on the outside. The inside was white wash, over head rollers pushing into the shore break. Some of them were reforming on the inside several times over. There were three guys out by the discharge pier at 61st. Me and two friends paddled out just south of there and I was the only one to make it out at first. It was the biggest I've ever been out in VA. My friends made it out on their second and third tries, I think it was mostly mental what kept them out at first.
We scored a few massive bombs. They weren't heaving over barreling though, they were just walled up 12 foot faces that had a little tiny crumbly barrel on the top. Some of them would link up and heave over when they came inside and you could get double or triple barrel sections but they were much smaller than the huge rollers on the outside.
As quick as it came it was gone. By that afternoon all the surfers were out and it was fractionally as large as it had been. The wave wasn't even that nice once it dropped to about head high and me and my friends packed up and left. I think by the time we left it was barely head high and there were dozens of people out where there had been 6 for hours while it was gnarly.
You had to be there though. You might've surfed that day but I bet the amount of guys who were out when it was literally double over head are slim. Lots of guys standing on the beach, very few in the line up.
Any body remember that one or have any pics? I really have to start taking more pics.