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Thursday July 12 2007 06:30:00 AM
Surf Trip: The Endless Summer 63-73 ( 15 November 1963 - 07 June 2007)
Wind direction: No wind
Wind Strength: Glassy
Nb waves ridden: Lots
Length of the surf session: 3 min
Surfboard ridden: Longboard
Weather and water temp: Hot
Waves height: 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft
The swells at northside Seal Pier (when conditions are right) 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!
July she will fly ... but she gave us a solid week of good waves in SOCAL from the 2nd through the 9th!
July 2nd: Northside Seal Pier was looking good ... waist to shoulder high with occasional head high sets and only a handfull of people in the warer!
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"!
July 3rd: 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 by 6:30AM DST to beat the crowd ... bigger than yesterday with overhead sets but not as good shape ... a little walled out.
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"!
4th of July: Independence Day with the largest fireworks display south of the Mississippi (have your kids spell that one) down at "Surf City" Huntington Beach, Steel Pier. PCH was closed from 7PM to 11PM ... traffic was a bloody nightmare did not even try to go to the beach ... half of OC was there by 9AM!
PS Not as big as the pix above but fun, fun, fun ... who says there are no waves at Seal Beach!
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Created: Thursday July 12 2007 10:19:52 PM
Modified: Thursday July 12 2007 10:40:20 PM