the Saturday before Irene in the am before the wind got on it, 8-10 ft clean and powerful at a spot that normally in those conditions would have had easily 150 heads in the water, I surfed it with oh about 2 dozen or so locals - thanks to the roads closing and evac hysteria. Sunday would've loved to have surfed the DOH afternoon bombs but was busy sump pumping out my crawlspace and putting back my lawn furniture. Then, the Monday after Irene I took the day off and it was warm and sunny, semi-glassy and chest/shoulder to occ head ALL DAY, of course the crowds showed up but there were enough waves to keep everyone happy. A good # of decent hit-and-run swells all spring into summer. But nothing to compare to Irene.
23Dec08: Hulton's N.S Hawaii 6ft with perfect swell angle. Just kept catching wave after wave. Wife thought I was stoned when I got home because I had perma-grin on.
Cape Hatt Lighthouse circa '06: 6-8 ft faces with 5 guys out. Old man probably in his mid 60's on a shortboard catches a perfect left from the where the lighthouse used to be and works it all the way to the beach, then gets out and walks back to his car.
Last Tuesday in Rodanthe: 6 guys out, chest high and an un-expected lefts peeling for 20-30 yards. Not epic but a good surf before making a 9 hour drive inland to see family. Sometimes the best sessions aren't only about the waves but the energy of the day maybe?
The day before and after Irene, as well as the rest of the month of August and September down here in Jacksonville. Surfed outstanding surf in the chest high to double overhead range for a month and the offshores cooperated.