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  1. #11
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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 ChavezYChavez View Post
    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.
    You mentioned Dennis. Here in Florida, Cindy and Dennis floated around in our swell window for a week, having mad hurricane sex in our offshore waters. We had the offshore powerboat racing grand prix, eight to twelve foot plus sets, sunny skies, and light offshore winds. I've surfed lots bigger, but these were groomed lines, easy take offs, and long long rides like a rock song with versus and refrains. Each wave was epic, and the walk back to the pier was very long and hot as hell, and you had to rest in the shade of the pier before each paddle out, and watch the powerboat racing about 400 yards offshore. It doesn't get much better than that in my book.

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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.

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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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    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
    Last edited by OceanO; Jul 26, 2013 at 04:24 PM.

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    Floyd? '99ish... Standup barrels in the the Chesapeake Bay...best I have ever surfed it

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paddington Jetty Bear View Post
    G-L-O-R-I-A.......
    I was living in Cape May at the time... that was one big mutha of a swell, but maybe not as big down there as it was up here. Only vague memories of it, though... actually... only one wave: I dropped in on Mike, the owner of Kona Surf and Sport in Wildwood at Poverty beach... big gaping left. Cape may dudes couldn't stand it when the Wildwood crew, including Joe Gratolla (who I now admire and respect as a Jerzy Legend), would invade on the best days of the year.
    Last edited by LBCrew; Jul 26, 2013 at 05:59 PM.

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    Ernesto in NJ 2006. All time

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    gabrielle, bill, gloria, felix, bertha, floyd... all were glorious in there own way. lily was a personal favorite.