have any of the pros, like Hammer ever towed into Big NJ? If the slant of this thread is leaning towards NJ being A BIG WAVE SPOT, you would have thought we all would have seen and heard of a more active group of surfers trying to blow this fact up some, do you not think?
No way I am busting On NJ waves, would love to have some of the goodness that those Jetties and beachbreaks receive, as opposed to what the Delmarva gets. But If it is true that some spots in that state have been pushing those types of wave sizes, you really would think that it would have been exposed within the last decade for sure.
Any ideas,...have we missed some of these sessions I am speaking of.
The Ash Wednesday Storm ripped apart most of the east coast producing some huge surf. Don't think anyone was in it but here is a pick taken from the dunes in Kitty Hawk, NC. Damn big surf. How big do you think that was??
I can't vouch for the authenticity of the photo but it's the biggest wave posted on this thread. If I had to postulate and using the houses as a marker I would say 40', and is that a young Jeff Clark skating down the face of it? Whatever the case may be big waves do come through the East Coast and using all the contemporary photos posted I would say 20' isn't out of the realm of reality for the east coast. My experience says OBX has an outer reef that starts firing with the right swells (see frisco pier pic) and is the likeliest place to handle a ridable big wave. The question beckons then; who has surfed the biggest? Who knows and that's the beauty of it, there might very well be this spot firing off something special with the right swell that no one really knows about, and at this very moment some 70 year old fisherman with shark toothed necklaces is surfing 50' foot faces off the core banks living the dream...
it's just once in a while there is a macking swell
I would have to agree.....we get ours every now and again.
And Hammer, Gleason, and McCoy do get their fair share of it when it comes. Myself, and few friends do photo shoots with them almost all the time there is good waves. Mostly hurricane season. So, when there are bombers coming in I know where they are.
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The first picture is ruggles during hurricane fabian 2003, and the second is a famous shot of ruggles aaron chang snapped. I think ruggles is the big name spot on the east coast, those pictures from fabian are just insane, Hammer was there that day.
Here are some more details of the ash wednesday storm, surely some of the biggest waves ever to hit the ec (historically).
Further north, 60 mph (96 km/h) winds and 7.6 m (25 ft) waves struck Ocean City, Maryland. Waves more than 12 m (40 ft) high occurred at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware destroying the boardwalk and beach front homes. Sand dunes were flattened along the entire length of Delaware’s ocean coastline. In New Jersey, the storm ripped away part of the Steel Pier in Atlantic City. Long Beach Island was cut through in several places. The destroyer USS Monssen was washed ashore near Holgate. In New Jersey alone, an estimated 45,000 homes were destroyed or greatly damaged. In New York, on Long Island, communities such as Fire Island were decimated; 100 homes there were destroyed. Wave heights reached 12 m (40 ft) by the shore of New York City.
Perhaps a fitting memorial to what was lost in the storm is Assateague Island National Seashore, a unit of the National Park Service. In the 1950s, some 5,000 private lots comprising what is now National Park Service land were zoned and sold for resort development. The Ash Wednesday Storm halted the plans for development, as it destroyed the few existing structures on the island and ripped roads apart. Instead, in 1965, Assateague Island became a National Seashore