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Session: Harvey Wallbanger's

Written by DrC123 show DrC123 profile

Friday July 6 2007 06:30:00 AM

Surf spot: Seal Beach, United States of America

Surf Trip: Boo Hoo ... you really missed it! ( 11 April 2007 - 07 June 2007)

Session's Rate:

Wind direction: No wind

Wind Strength: Glassy

Nb waves ridden: Lots

Length of the surf session: 180 min

Surfboard ridden: Long Board

Fins: 3

Weather and water temp: 80F Air & 70F water

Waves height: 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft

Waves Quality:
- Fun
- Fast
- Hollow

Waves Shape:
- Walls
- Multipeaks
- Bowl


The 4th of July: Independence Day is upon us tomorrow with the largest fireworks display south of the Mississippi (have your kids spell that one) down at "Surf City" Huntington Beach, Steel Pier. PCH closed from 7PM to 11PM and traffic will be a bloody nightmare!

Temp this morning at 9AM was a sizzling 90F water temp 70F with big combo mix of SE Hurricane/SW Southern Hemi ground swell and NW wind swells.  My ex pat Sydney mate Stuart Blake (Bruce) and I were out at northside Seal Pier by 6:30AM DST to beat the crowd ... bigger than yesterday with overhead sets but not as good shape ... a little walled out.

 Big Seal

The swells all merge into big peaks that refract off the pier breakwall into what we call "Harvey Wall Bangers". The wave suddenly jumps up to one and a half times its size like The Wedge" at Newport ... you free fall down the face and if you make the drop your in a cannon barrel churning over the shallow inside sand bar!  

Yesterday picked off a beauty ... paddled outside as a big set popped up off the end of the pier ... let the first couple go to clear out traffic and the shortboarders hanging out inside ... spun around and stroked in hard as a shoulder high peak jumped to head high ... dropped in at an angle, top turned laying the board on its sidebites, thrusting out and up with the peak feathering over my head and pumped up and down from the middle of the face racing the barrel as we hit the inside sandbar ... yeah!  A shortboarder inside was most impressed ... "cool that was a standup tube dude"!

This morning the word was out the swell was building so did the crowd but got lucky and was in position to pick up a giant outside peak that rolled through the middle section ... thought twice but had to paddle in to it, late take off or not... everyone inside was yelling go! go! go! ... take off was like jumping off a roof ... barely made the drop without getting buried under a ton of white water, carefully carved up and down the face until it reared into a nasty wall and discretion being the better part of valour straightened down and out hard!

 Bruce said "that one was a bit steep thought you were history mate"!

PS Not as big as the pix above but fun, fun, fun ... who says there are no super waves at Seal! 

Harvey Wallbanger

1 oz Vodka
1/2 oz Galliano® herbal liqueur
4 oz Orange juice

Pour vodka and orange juice into a collins glass over ice cubes and stir. Float galliano on top and serve.





Created: Friday July 6 2007 08:10:25 AM

Modified: Saturday July 7 2007 02:10:21 AM

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