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Session: Harvey Wall Bangers

Written by DrC123 show DrC123 profile

Thursday July 12 2007 06:30:00 AM

Surf spot: Ray Bay, United States of America

Session's Rate:

Wind direction: No wind

Wind Strength: Glassy

Nb waves ridden: Lots

Length of the surf session: 180 min

Surfboard ridden: Longboard

Fins: 3

Weather and water temp: Hot

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

Waves Quality:
- Fun
- Fast
- Hollow

Waves Shape:
- Walls
- Multipeaks
- Bowl


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!  

Seal Pier:

 Big Seal

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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Ray Bay:




July 8th & 9th: Classic "River". The Pier was crowded and missing the correct swell angle but the sandbar across the river mouth of the San Gabriel river at Ray Bay was firing waist to shoulder high at low tide!
Take of in the bumpy boomerang (fighting the low tide rip pulling you to out and south) in the center of the rivermouth ... let the peak duck over your shoulder then
work the long glass wall ... run down and out then hard off the bottom ... stall then down, easy off the bottom, crouch, then hard off the lip set up the inside sandbar in front of Crabs climb high then run up the nose and stay there using your knees to stay in the pocket until the wave dies ... but don't let your feet touch the bottom in Ray Bay (bloody breeding gound of the largest concentration of Stingrays in California)!    
Summer 06
July 12th: Today the entire coast is as flat as a pancake ... welcome to Lake Mead! 


Created: Thursday July 12 2007 10:19:52 PM

Modified: Thursday July 12 2007 10:40:20 PM

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