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    Hurricane Memories (Good or Bad)

    Andrew WK mentioned Hurricane Floyd in the Dorian thread and that got me thinking bout the Hurricanes over the years that stand out in mind for good surf, destruction, or ones where we hunkered down and got toasted. Obviously Sandy is still fresh in everyone's mind around here but it wasn't the first one where I saw the destruction first hand. Hugo back in 89 destroyed my Uncle's house in PR.
    The first one I remember surfing was Gloria waaaay back in 1985. Head high plus on a 70s single fin. You could say I took a serious beating. It didn't occur to me to wait for winds to turn offshore.
    The first one I really remember being in tune with was Hurricane Bob. Think it was 1991? We got that one good before it went up and clobbered New England.
    Two storms before Floyd was Dennis. I remember massive drops at the Wooden Jetty on LBI. Saved two kids who got washed out that day. Think it was labor Day weekend. I think that one is still me favorite.
    I'm sure the Florida guys have lots of stories. Let's hear em.

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    Hurricane Bill was probably the best couple of days in a row ever. Sandy on the other hand, no so much.

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    As far as destruction goes, Isabel is the worst storm I've experienced here locally ... granted, that doesn't compare to the devastation of Hugo, Andrew, Katrina, etc., but it was still pretty bad. Some folks near me, because of all the trees and power lines down never got power restored for around a month. Every night smelled like I was breathing in lawnmower exhaust with all the generators running.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jasorod View Post
    As far as destruction goes, Isabel is the worst storm I've experienced here locally ... granted, that doesn't compare to the devastation of Hugo, Andrew, Katrina, etc., but it was still pretty bad. Some folks near me, because of all the trees and power lines down never got power restored for around a month. Every night smelled like I was breathing in lawnmower exhaust with all the generators running.
    Ya, Isabel wasn't the best for waves, but I did see how the network news hypes up their hurricane stories. We walked down to 16th Street after the worst of the storm passed. It was still onshore around 40mph-50mph with higher gusts. We get in between the hotels on 16th and there is that major wind tunnel effect, so it was probably more like 80-90mph+ in there. Kids were on skateboards letting the wind push them towards Atlantic Ave, you couldn't really even walk against the wind there, it was that hard. I look over and see NBC's Brian Williams and his cameraman just inside the parking garage for one of the hotels, just out of the wind. After a few minutes, they go out and do their live, on air bit right in the wind tunnel, but facing the beach, so it looks like they're pretty much on the beach. It was a total misrepresentation of what the wind really was at the time, but I guess it made for pretty good TV.

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    Irene was a good one... 10-12' and barreling. The biggest and cleanest in recent memory. Huge, easily makeable tubes. If you got on it right as it cleaned up, before the wind got too radical, it was totally epic... all-time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LBCrew View Post
    Irene was a good one... 10-12' and barreling. The biggest and cleanest in recent memory. Huge, easily makeable tubes. If you got on it right as it cleaned up, before the wind got too radical, it was totally epic... all-time.
    Irene was the first time surfing where I got out of the water and thought to myself, 'Damn I'm getting old.'

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    Quote Originally Posted by LBCrew View Post
    Irene was a good one... 10-12' and barreling. The biggest and cleanest in recent memory. Huge, easily makeable tubes. If you got on it right as it cleaned up, before the wind got too radical, it was totally epic... all-time.
    Irene was fun...surfed in front of Pelican Watch in CB, where the backwash would hit the incoming wave as you were taking off and bounce you off the face as you were dropping in.

    the same day, i came up from getting soundly bounced off the bottom and discovered my nifty $200 Rip Curl watch had been stripped off of my wrist. kept surfing, but later prowled the shorebreak when i came in, hoping i might get lucky and find it...which i did not, but did find a megalodon tooth about the size of a half dollar. i never wore a watch again, but still have the tooth sitting on my desk.

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    In another recent thread we got to talking about the summer of '95. I was a youngin' at that point so spent alot of time on the beach, but it just seemed to pumping all summer. Clearly remember Felix sending over a week of head high or bigger surf. The one that stands out for me was Luis, as it was my first experience in sizable point surf. It was a point that doesn't break that often, easily 8ft, bigger on the sets, again, it was my first experience in really solid surf, and after not geting any waves I started to get nervous and thought maybe I was fu**ed. Got one wave that day, and i'll never forget that wave. Went to watch Judith after our sesh, and it was easily 3x overhead. There was a catamaran headed out(why, i dont know), and swell heights were significantly taller than the mast. The ride in to Judith was nuts, you could see salt spray in the air almost from the seafood joint at that last intersection. Never forget that day, prior to that i had no idea surf like that could happen on the EC.
    Someone mentioned Isabel, that was a fun one for me too...got worked the weekend before from another cane swell. came back for Isabel and it was perfect, 4-6, offshores, and barrels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seldom seen View Post
    ...Clearly remember Felix sending over a week of head high or bigger surf.
    Yes!... I remember that, too. Mostly, I remember the lifeguards keeping everyone out of the water all day, and having to surf around the blackball hours all week. But that thing just sat there and spun... and the weather never got bad, either, as I recall. Beautiful, sunny summer days with pumping surf.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LBCrew View Post
    Yes!... I remember that, too. Mostly, I remember the lifeguards keeping everyone out of the water all day, and having to surf around the blackball hours all week. But that thing just sat there and spun... and the weather never got bad, either, as I recall. Beautiful, sunny summer days with pumping surf.
    I recently looked up it's track for sh*ts and giggles and it was pretty neat to look at, just meandering out there.