info like this should be disclosed as long as poss. keep the amateur nutjob cowboys that aren't local away @seldomseen eventually everywhere might be as crowded as socal by the time im 90 so stopping the population progression of surfers as much as poss is a must
So you say it should be disclosed as long as possible:
dis·close (d-sklz) tr.v. dis·closed, dis·clos·ing, dis·clos·es 1. To expose to view, as by removing a cover; uncover.
But then say stopping the population progression should be a must. Which is it? Also if you think tons of surfers are going to flock to ride bombs like in Seldoms pic then you give the average surfer way too much credit.
There are little islands near Walker's Cay in the far north Bahamas. Sharky as hell but that is where the rad boyz go. Cherokee south of Elbow gets 25 -30 African swell that nobody wants.
I have seen Pumphouse and Reef Road get 25 - 30 foot faces. This was a decade before the Perfect Storm Halloween swell. It was a March no name swell. We had twin fins and got annihilated, but my bro from Cali had a Lopez Lightning Bolt and made the giant lefts.
I saw Evan G. paddle into a 15 foot bomb at Pumphouse during the Sandy Swell cause he couldn't get a tow and was floating out there waiting for a ride and got itchy and just went.
There is a spot south of the St. Lucie Inlet called Phantoms. It is a Cloudbreak about a mile out. It goes off once in a blue moon and from what I've heard it is strictly tow in when it does its thing. But Evan would go! For a skinny young kid he has sack.
Last edited by sisurfdogg; Sep 27, 2013 at 02:37 AM.
Good morning! I've never seen anything close to Mavericks on the east coast, but the biggest rideable surf I have ever seen (and ridden) was on Sunday, January 3, 1999. It was a beautiful day - sunny and fairly warm - with water temperatures close to 50. There were 12-15 foot faces all along Virginia Beach and a ton of people lined up on the boardwalk and a substantial number in the water. I was surfing at the 15th St. pier and we were paddling into waves about 150 feet past he end of the pier. It was pretty incredible! I wish I had some pictures! Since then I have surfed hollower and heavier waves of some size (Playa Hermosa at 10 to 12 feet and Haleiwa at 8-10 feet), but I have never had the chance to surf bigger faces than that Sunday. Aloha!
Nice videos and good surf.
However, none of that are "big waves" by today's definition of big waves. 12-15 foot is a small day at Mavs, and quite average on the North Shore. "East Coast" Atlantic is actually Europe, and that's where all the "big" waves in the Atlantic. Just like most big wave spots, they are located on the western side of the continents (with the exception of some islands), as that's the direction big swells travel.
The only true big wave Atlantic spots along the eastern seaboard of North America may lie up in Canada, along the Canadian Maritimes.
I will gladly take a head high day. That would be epic right now. Everything is relative. Lack of funds to travel is not a big deal as long as it is consistently rideable ( waist high plus), but the lack of adrenaline rush takes its mental toll. Lets hope we get some decent size swell soon! One good well overhead wave well surfed can be replayed on an endless loop in the minds eye and cure the ankle high blues for weeks.