not meaning to switch coasts, but the best hurricane surf i can recall was Guillermo and Linda in 1997. could never forget that. back to back biggest storms ever recorded in the eastern pacific. lasting over a week each. both were cat 5 and went due north within 500 - 700 miles of Socal before turning out to sea. in fact, guillermo went to Alaska and ended up sending us NW swell a week+ later. still the biggest, best run of swell i've ever seen in Santa Cruz (which never gets hurricane swell), and it happened in early August.
Pleasure Point went from 4-6-8ft to 15ft - 18ft+ in a matter of hours when Guillermo peaked. no more sets....just endless waves. pure corduroy. i remember being out on a 6'0 when it started to step-ladder. one big set cleaned almost everybody off the whole point. i managed to make it over it and was stuck way out at the end of the kelp beds by myself. stayed way out there dodging everything just waiting for a chance to tuck tail and get back to the beach. the top of the point looked like mavericks or sunset beach. each wave was one giant, angry wall down the whole point, but clean. dudes i'd never seen before came outta nowhere on full blown Mavericks guns. mind blowing sh!t. thank god for the little lull that let me paddle in and catch a smaller one in (double overhead+ and foamy). made it to the bottom and my fins couldn't grip. needless to say i got dragged back in.
walking back up the point was a trip in itself. people eyes were bulging outta they're heads. just standing on the cliff staring out to sea like a UFO was landing. priceless
Floyd? '99ish... Standup barrels in the the Chesapeake Bay...best I have ever surfed it
G-L-O-R-I-A.......ha, I just moved back east after living in Cullyfornia. Was just advancing from clown status back then. Went to Seaside Heights to check out the scene on the day before it brushed us. It was huge and clean. I was all wow, " This place is great." I was young and stupid.
Saw "that island" in the Chesepeake going off during Hurricane Gabrielle(1989-90?). Went nuts from the bridge. Couldn't believe what I was seeing. Those were real waves. They were almost peeling to the friggin bridge. Almost.
1995 or 1996........there was swell from a hurricane from August through September. It was crazy. Nothing real epic but you could plan a surf with your crosstown bro for the next week knowing that there was going to be waves. Also took a trip to New Hammy and caught one dem points just as the swell was filling in and it was all mine(and a pals). Clear water. Beautiful little groundswell pouring in with enough punch to make the points work. Long workable walls with the colorful rocks below the surface making everything "Gruvi."
Isabelle got my court case postponned in Dare County Superior Court. And gave me like, 10 days off(with pay), and then it made the rest of the fall dead for tourism on the banks, which made me happy. Work was cake that year.
Ernesto in NJ 2006. All time
gabrielle, bill, gloria, felix, bertha, floyd... all were glorious in there own way. lily was a personal favorite.