I've been in 37 with 12 air... not a fun walk backt o the car.
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38F water. 23F Air. 5F wind chill factor. Shoulder high, glassy, two of us out, south end of Bradical. Concur. Take that over 70F with 40 in a lineup.
Jan 14, 2009, 12:06 AM #13
- Join Date
- May 2006
- Lewes, DE
Nova Scotia gets cold, yes... But, I think even colder is Maine, massachussets, New Hampshire area... where they are completely cut off from any gulf stream influence.
Take a look at the Swellinfo ocean temp maps (zoom out to East Coast view), and you can see the gulf stream. The current view, actually shows really cold water on the east coast of Nova Scotia, but my guess is that this varies a lot depending on what the currents are doing.
Jan 14, 2009, 12:12 AM #14
NS, you'll have it all to yourself, i promise...
low 50's for me, right now on the gulf coast we are unseasonably warm.... mid 60's right now.... haven't even busted out boots yet!
Jan 14, 2009, 01:51 AM #15
Because when the water is that cold most of the time the line-up nil or just a few of your buds, where you catch ride after ride until YOU decide you've had enough to call it a day - when combined with that miserable dash off the beach, getting off the rubber, trek home - plus a couple of hours of wondering if you'll ever see "your boys/jewels" again - is what keeps "true surfers" stoked, drives them to check Swellinfo.com forecasts constantly looking for that next great session, and coming back for more...
Jan 14, 2009, 02:30 AM #16
It was in Cape May...Poverty Beach to be exact, about 20 years ago. The water was about 35 and the air was about 20 with a howling offshore wind...but it was overhead and perfect...with nobody out except me and two of my bros...which is one of the best things about cold water surf.
Jan 14, 2009, 03:39 AM #18
- Join Date
- Dec 2006
- Ocean City, MD
Just a few hundred miles due East of the Eastern Shore the water temps are in the 60's to near 70. So it won't be long before the temps turn around. Just think of the current shoreline temps as a serious case of upwelling and then maybe it doesn't seem so bad.
I have been in some cold ****, but I saw some pictures somewhere (probably this site) where the waves looked good but the water was so cold, the waves were actually slushy. I think it was the berring sea, probably somewhere in russia. I'll try to hunt up the pictures and post them.
Found them. aguaholic posted them awhile ago. I thought it was the bering sea but I didn't see that info this time (maybe I'm wrong). Regardless, go to the surf photo gallery, click on the search button, and type in 'frozen'. 5 pictures should show up. That **** looks cold!!!