Hurricane Earl Cranks Up Space Coast Surf!!!

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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Hurricane Earl is for real on the Space Coast. Waves at heights of 10’ and more with good form, caused by a relaxed north breeze from Earl’s 145 mph winds as its longitude got north of the our beaches. This was the perfect set-up for nice, big, surf.

Disappointed by Hurricane Danielle last week, the sight of the Cocoa Beach Pier with perfectly formed sets of monster swells invigorates the most run down soul. Peering through the salt spray mist, I got out on the Pier and starting taking photos. I only wish I could surf the big stuff. My talents lie in other areas.

I called my San Diego buddy Marc to tell him he missed out. We went last week for Danielle and all we saw was a big washing machine for surf. One great benefit of living on the Space Coast or spending a week or so here is you get to see all its personalities. In a few days our ocean could be a big summer lake again.

I saw some awesome wave rides by surfers from around the world. Many are here for the 25th NKF Surf Fest, this weekend from September 3 -6. Watched a 13-year-old young man from Barbados have the best ride I ever saw. He carved that wave like a sharp knife on a Thanksgiving turkey. I got a great video of him. Talked to a 60-year-old local long boarder who gave some great surfing tips as well.

Heading south I checked out the beaches of South Patrick Shores, second light, Satellite Beach, Indian Harbour Beach, and Indialantic. One of Americas great beach rides, along A1A, passing unspoiled beaches, parks and protected areas., able to watch the ocean on your left and the river on the right.

I stopped at Indialantic for my four mile beach run. It’s two miles to Melbourne Beach and another two back. The soft white sand with the beach carved dune formations usually makes for a great bare foot run. Today the waves got up to the sand which usually stays dry. My feet sank in about three to four inches on every step. This was a super challenging run. Great for legs, and entire body core.

Always bringing my I Phone 4 to capture the unexpected I stumbled onto a sad sight. Sea turtle eggs had been dug out of the sand in some places by the waves. It made for an easy feast for the sea birds. I think most of the eggs remained undisturbed.

I had heard that some potential tourist and visitors were afraid that oil had washed up on the Space Coast Beaches. After two major hurricanes churning up these waters and me scouring all of the southern Brevard beaches, I never saw even one drop of oil. These beaches are still perfect and I believe the best on the east coast of the US.

The surfers and skim boarders were out in force and gave us a great show. Got some great action shots of some of the more advanced locals.

I consider myself an amateur meteorologist and thought it would be a great idea to check out the National Weather Service station in Melbourne on the way home to Orlando. I rang the outdoor phone and explained my blog and story about the beaches and Hurricane Earl’s effect and they let me in. I met with John Pendergrast who showed me around and gave me a nice interview about the storms and how the surf would be for the weekend.

Three to Four feet with good form throughout the weekend. He gave me some thoughts about the next storm developing, Gaston. This one could get the islands and who knows after that.

Should be a great weekend to check out the surf contest in Cocoa Beach or anything else here in paradise
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