Hurricane Gabrielle, 1989. Danced around for 4-5 days off of Cape Cod. Blues sky's, 80 degree air temps and a weeks worth of big swell. Never seen New England have a stretch like that since.HurrGab.jpg
Sic post scottsfd. Was the storm still pushing swell by the time it got up in the extra-tropical zone? If so, that must have been an unreal week as different swell directions each day would light up a variety of breaks including NE facing ones that don't typically get summer juice.
Lots of the ones already mentioned. I'll add the combo swell from Cindy and Dennis, 1999. This swell lasted over a week peaked at well overhead for a couple of the days.
I wasn't surfing in the 90s,but damn them canes look cereal!!
don't really recall really epic cane swells.real epic noresters I can recall.id say for me cane bill and nor'ida were it for me.nor ida tried to murder me.bill I think it took me 35 minutes to paddle in.don't really have a 3rd,plenty of tropical storms in the 2000s but none worth mentioning
+1 for Halloween 1991! I was 16 surfing in Lake Worth Beach, Florida and in way over my head. 'Surfing' might be a generous term. It was completely insane. I waited about 45 minutes for what I thought was a lull, got worked paddling out, drifted (waaay south) in absolute terror and eventually got one wave that I rode straight in. It took me over an hour to walk back to my car and then I had some 'issues' with the local officials, which was eventually followed by 50 hours of community service. I have no idea how big the waves actually were, but I would guess a conservative 12', quite possibly the biggest I've surfed in my life.
Lake Worth Beach's lone surf shop had their own free dial surf report; Surfline was cost prohibitive for me at that point. Tow-in surfing did exist, I remember seeing an article on 'Power surfing' in Surfer Magazine while working in Winn Dixie in Wellington about a year before and thinking these waves were worth 'power surfing' into. That said, without the funds to use Surfline's $.35 service, a ski was pretty far out of my budget.
If any of you surfed Lake Worth, Juno (before there was a pier) or Jupiter back in those days, PM me, we probably know each other.
'95 was an epic year. In particular, I remember Felix, because that storm did a complete loop in right in the perfect spot in our swell window, and gave us clean, pumping surf for almost a week. It wasn't the strength of the storm that made it memorable, but the location just west of Hatteras and the duration. But that summer and into the fall was incredible.
After that, unfortunately, Hurricane Sandy... all for the wrong reasons... and hurricane Irene, just because it was so recent, and so freakin' good for a few hours.
Summer/Fall of 99 I was in college and skipped quite a few classes driving to OCNJ, Margate, Atlantic City. Recently Bill in 09 was memorable in OCMD. The shorebreak was so big and gnar I was sure I was going to break my board coming in. Earl was fun.
I will always remember how good the waves were on September 11, 2001. I surfed all day long at 9th/8th Street in OCMD and would take quick breaks to watch the news at Malibus and also to call my parents back home. It wasn't a Hurricane, but the waves were so much fun. The tourists were gone, stiff offshores, and fun tubes for hours. I remember talking to Big Ern about if we were going to war over the attack. Little did we know how long the wars would last.
I will always remember how good the waves were on September 11, 2001. I surfed all day long at 9th/8th Street in OCMD and would take quick breaks to watch the news at Malibus and also to call my parents back home. It wasn't a Hurricane, but the waves were so much fun.
It most surely sure was a hurricane! Erin. and Cat 3 when it was right in our swell window! That morning was BIG!