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Trip: Hang on Sloopy ...

Written by DrC123 show DrC123 profile

Monday May 19 2008 06:46:27 PM

Date: from May 19, 2008 to May 19, 2008

Surf trip description:

Hang on Sloopy!
 
 
I'm free ... free falling ... free falling ... nose down angle past 45 degrees,
side angle 30 degrees ... in the breech ... Wham ... the pier bowl hits the
breakwall and rebounds with backwash jacking up the peak to well overhead,
the lip pounding hard on my shoulders ... Bam ... in the barrel now, keep the
bloody nose up baby, grind, grind, the fight-or-flight response kicks in
(tunnel vision, silence, adrenaline rush, slow motion). One thousand and one,
one thousand and two, one thousand and three, one thousand and four,
one thousand and five ... Slam ... hit the green shoulder at max speed,
just flying ... Whoa Nelly!


Thank you Tom Petty:
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Seal Pipe
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Its 6AM ... 75 F ... no wind ... the sun is low on the horizon producing an eerie orange and yellow halo effect reflecting off the coastal fog.  Seal Beach, California, hard to see the end of the pier, looks clean and uncrowded, any waves ... Oh Yeah, chest to overhead peaks ... where did they come from, southern hemi swell not due until tomorrow morning, supposed to be fading NW?
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Big Seal
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Conditions were perfect with the incoming push from a 10AM high tide. Caught not one, but two epic waves ... late take off's on the wrong side of monster peaks against the sea wall, just sneaking under and though them board flying, hanging on by one 3" side bite and a couple of feet of down rail, into the barrel ... swoosh ... down the line, spat out onto a long glass wall!
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Sequence #5
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Not all fun, fun, fun, the fog got so thick for an hour or so the sets just seemed to jump up out of nowhere. Took off on a first set wave, bad idea, blew me through into the channel between the left hander 'Harvey Wallbanger's' off the break wall and the suicide rights (into the pier) from the middle sandbank then sucked up and Niagara Falls body slammed me into the shallow impact zone.  My leash held me down forever trying to drown my butt then wave after wave pounded on me.  I could not see the beach, could not see the pier, getting worked hard, caught in a washing machine of swirling currents, the only way I knew which way was which, was the sea of white water pushing towards shore!  
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Foggy morning at Seal Pier
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Harvey Wallbanger

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4 oz Orange juice

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  Date Surf spot Session's Rate Wind direction Waves height Author  
Show 26-05-2010 Seal Beach Pier Northside Offshore 1m-1.2m / 3ft-4ft DrC123 Hang on Sloopy ...
Show 07-04-2010 Seal Beach Pier Northside Offshore 1m-1.2m / 3ft-4ft DrC123 Hang on Sloopy ...
Show 27-12-2009 Seal Beach Pier Northside Offshore 1m-1.2m / 3ft-4ft DrC123 Hang on Sloopy ...
Show 26-11-2009 Blackies Offshore Less than 1m / 3ft DrC123 Hang on Sloopy ...
Show 09-07-2008 Seal Beach Pier Northside No wind 1m-1.2m / 3ft-4ft DrC123 Hang on Sloopy ...
Show 16-06-2008 Seal Beach Pier Northside No wind 1m-1.2m / 3ft-4ft DrC123 Hang on Sloopy ...
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