I have to hand it to SI this time bc they really nailed the report for SE NC yesterday! I got suited up and ready just minutes before that first line of storms came thru yesterday about 1pm and waited out those crazy gusts and rain squalls. I paddled in around the 1200 block with the rain just ending and the wind turning a perfect offshore, not too hard, with wave sets in the stomach to chest range.
Only creatures in the water during my first drift down were a dozen or so dolphins who were showing ME where the best waves and sandbars were bc THEY were surfing.
They were charging the biggest sets and able to stay in position against the drift much better than I could. Not just going straight as I've seen before but since the offshores were holding up the faces really well I could see them drawing a line and doing corkscrew maneuvers in the face. I was beyond myself with glee at being so close to them and being able to see how well they surfed. This was a special treat because just the day before I was out in the lineup with a pilot whale and luckily SurfCarolinaMagazine caught some shots of the big guy/girl and posted them. -see below-
By the time I made it down to the pier the north side was going off with just 4 guys tucked in beside the pier. The wedges that were being created there were effing perfect for a good 30 mins. So we shared a few waves then a few more peeps showed up so I started my walk back to 1200 block noticing all along that the waves were dying out but the slightly lower tide was making the waves work better despite the smaller size. I got a good ways past SS and decided to put back in for one more drift down just as the wind was thinking about starting to switch to that crazy gusty NNW (that eventually killed the swell) and caught one of the longest, fastest, hollowest waves of the day.
The only thing better than having all those waves to myself for an hour and a half was knowing that there was a Crock Pot full of beef stew waiting on me when I got home!
what a day!
Last edited by babybabygrand; Dec 11, 2013 at 12:42 PM.
Good on you BBG! I watched you on one computer while I watched the surf comp on another. Those dolphins are cool! I've surfed with a pod before.
I was paddling for a wave and saw a guy out of the corner of my eye, in a grey hooded suit paddling next to me in a better position. I pulled back and the "surfer" shot down the line under me. He never stood up because he had a tail... I won't be able to get in the water until after Christmas...
saw a guy out of the corner of my eye, in a grey hooded suit paddling next to me in a better position. I pulled back and the "surfer" shot down the line under me. He never stood up because he had a tail... ..
I like your telling of that experience much better than mine. "grey hooded suit'" indeed. there must be some serious bait in the water right now bc birds, dolphins, pilot whales and a lil 3 foot shark (caught on pier) have all been in eyeshot and going to town on whatever is just below the surface. Oh and I think one of the moms had a baby dolphin riding shotgun, but then I wonder if it is too late in the season for younguns. I think I'll google and find out when the calfing season is for bottlenose...
Surfing with dolphins is awesome, but scary when you first notice them. When I was on a trip in CA I was paddling out and about to duck dive a wave and as soon as I went to take a breath and go under, I see one bolting towards me than cruising the line. It's so cool being that close to them in their natural habitat and seeing how they enjoy the waves as much as we do.