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  1. #11
    That's awesome BBG. Seeing the pilot whale one day then catching the clean up and sharing with the locals, pretty epic.

  2. #12
    I made it early in the morning, but had to get out around 8 for work. Pulled up the cam around noon and I didn't believe what I was seeing/missing out on. Glad you scored, BBG!

    Saw an unusually light grey fin when I was out there. What would your first thought be? Mine was Mary Lee. Just as the fin disappeared under the surface, about five more popped up. Quite the relief. That pod was headed north, so I wouldn't be surprised if you saw the same pod that I saw.

    Off the wall thought: If you're next to a pod and you stick your head under the water, will you hear their "echolocation?"

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    dlouren, I think sometimes you can hear the click trains if the rest of the ocean is relatively quiet, lots of surf action would muffle/mask it.....it is like trying to watch a baseball game with screaming toddlers in the background

    and super sick BBG, glad you scored

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    Quote Originally Posted by babybabygrand View Post
    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!



    so where was the whale pic taken? here in CB yesterday?

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    Yes at CB. 2 days ago actually. I pulled that pic from the surfcarolinamagazine's facebook page... I think he got that particular shot somewhere between SS and the 1200 block. It had been a nice few days for surf and critter watching :-)

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    Rumor has it that whales will knock surfers out of the water with their tales.

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    Quote Originally Posted by babybabygrand View Post
    Yes at CB. 2 days ago actually. I pulled that pic from the surfcarolinamagazine's facebook page... I think he got that particular shot somewhere between SS and the 1200 block. It had been a nice few days for surf and critter watching :-)
    wow, nice, never saw one here.

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    Good stuff dude, had it happen to me once on a glassy chest high day, one of those days that has some lulls in between sets, but when you get one it's fun, my wife was out in the water with me and she pointed out that there was a dolphin headed toward me, i turned around saw it dip underneath me and the came back up to surface and that's when I paddled for the next wave, popped up and started down the line and then suddenly 3-4 others pop up and are all getting a ride, dropped in on me but were way faster and stayed ahead of me, pretty surreal experience honestly

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    Quote Originally Posted by babybabygrand View Post
    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!




    I too had the same experience yesterday minus the whale. The wildlife and sea life around me as I surfed was incredible. I had dolphins 10 feet from me doing flips and absolutely destroying set waves, hundreds of pelicans divebombing schools of fish and one of the best sunsets ever. I got suited up and surfed right as the wind switched and the waves held up in that wind pretty good until sunset. That sunset was UNREAL!! Before going in I snapped a couple pics from in the water and on the beach.

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    ^^^beautiful pics dude, aren't winter sunsets the best?