Ideally, if everything works out for perfect conditions (wind, tide, storm, and sandbars all cooperate)...whats the board size of choice for paddling out in "Triple overhead+ high SE long period swell?"
What's f**ked up is that were going from a 3 week flat spell to triple overhead surf. No time to get ready for the mayhem. I don't think that I have ever seen triple overhead surf in long island. Long beach is going to be closeout city at low tide. Maybe the wave will open up a bit a hightide but it will be epic out there! Be safe. Don't be a cowboy!!!!!
Based on the current conditions, the forecast throughout NY/NJ and DELMAR looks incredibly promising. I am at my house in VA Beach, and I am heading north to NY on Friday to enjoy the south facing beaches of Rockaway Beach. The largest surf for Long Island (based on recent datum extracted from this site as well as others) will be located east of Bay Shore. More westerly beaches such as Lido, Jones, Long Beach, and Rockaway Beach will certainly receive good swell, but less pronounced as the easterly ones. Peak is predicted around 8-AM, dying quickly throughout the day and into the evening hours. Note the below tidal datum for Rockaway and Long Beach, NY;
With this scale, i'm predicting the surf to be epic around 0630-1030 that morning. With the gentle wind out of the NNW this should turn out to be an incredible day. I plan on taking full advantage of the westerly beaches which mostly face SSE.
Even if the surf is too big for you in the morning, head to the beach regardless and take advantage of the dying swell. At some point, especially with the 10-14 second estimated period you WILL be able to get out. Patience is key, especially for those not ready for 12+ foot surf.
Surfers: recommend something quick and agile out there. A 5' 2" fish is not going to do it. I would explore getting a 6'9" board or longer prefered for a quick moving beach break. Longboarders out there will be challenged with maneuverability.
Bodyboarders: Break out your bat tails and get ready for some serious waves. Ensure you break out the board, that floats you the best. No stalling on these waves, go for it! I'm breaking out my No. 6 44" Golliath, Elemenopee "Big One" and Custom X 45" with plenty of rocker. It's on!
Do you know if the beaches around gilgo will be working or if its gona be a big, closing out mess? Also im only 5'6", and my biggest board is 5"8", what problems am i gona see riding such a small board on a day like this?
It'll be closed out for almost everywhere except some hidden breaks like the far rockaways MAYBE...you may be able to score it on Monday though. If you go sat/sun be sure to break out your smallest board right KmAn
vic, nice analysis. A bat tail though, is not the best option for a bodyboard in big surf. Generally, bat tails are used in smaller surf as they are 'looser' than the crescent tail. The crescent holds the wave much tighter than a bat tail in big, hollow conditions.
If all goes as predicted this is going to be a decade swell for sure. Epic. (knocks on wood)
There are going to be some BIG spots in RI. Can't wait. I have a new Custom X board (the new MLX) coming in, hopefully on Saturday or sooner, and went down to the shop during lunch to give them the money. The girl working there was saying people are calling from Cali who are flying out here for it.