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Big Wednesday (Aug 27, 2014)…Just a taste

Big Wednesday (Aug 27, 2014)…Just a taste

Lots of Photographers will be editing photos for days after this last massive shot of tropical swell, courtesy of Hurricane Marie…and I am sure that we will have some incredible photo galleries going up shortly, but in the meantime here is just a taste of what we saw yesterday…

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Swell Alert – Hurricane Marie kicks out big SE-S swell

Swell Alert – Hurricane Marie kicks out big SE-S swell

Big surf on tap for the next couple of days as the energy from Hurricane Marie moves into the region.

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Hurricane Alert – Hurricane Marie gets ready to blast out some serious swell

Hurricane Alert – Hurricane Marie gets ready to blast out some serious swell

I know most of you have been watching the swell models and the forecasts for Hurricane Marie…it is hard not to notice that the graphs and the charts are going ballistic as we head toward the middle of next week. Honestly her 5-day forecast run is pretty freaking spectacular…

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Hurricane Alert – Lowell spends the day beefing up

Hurricane Alert – Lowell spends the day beefing up

Lowell decided he wasn’t quite satisfied being just a ‘tropical storm’ so late last night he cranked up his intensity and became a good-sized CAT-1 Hurricane.

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TROPICAL ALERT – TS Lowell grinds his way toward Southern California

TROPICAL ALERT – TS Lowell grinds his way toward Southern California

Tropical Depression 12e strengthened overnight and is now a very large Tropical Storm Lowell. Lowell is well-positioned, tracking the right way, and will be sending the exposed areas of Southern California a good chunk of tropical swell later this week (and over the upcoming weekend).

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Great White Sharks don’t really like drones

Great White Sharks don’t really like drones

The idea of a shark attack always manages to send chills down any surfers spine…and it doesn’t matter if you are surfing in the red-triangle or in the middle of a pristine tropical ocean…just the thought of being added back into the food-chain is enough to give us all the heebie-jeebies. (I think I peed a little right around the 1:12-minute mark)

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South Pacific Island Shadowing

South Pacific Island Shadowing

South Pacific Island Shadowing occurs for Southern California when we get SW swells that are coming in from a 205- to 220-degree swell angle. This shadowing process can greatly effect the size and consistency of a SW swell and is generally responsible for turning what should have been a great swell event into a mediocre (and sometimes very frustrating) one.

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Tropical Alert – Hurricane Hernan pulls together in Socal’s SE swell window

Tropical Alert – Hurricane Hernan pulls together in Socal’s SE swell window

Good news on the tropical swell front…TD-8E, who strengthen into Tropical Storm Hernan Saturday afternoon, has continued to intensify and is now a CAT-1 Hurricane…a hurricane that has just slipped over into Socal’s extreme SE swell window.

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Wedge Explodes for 4th of July Weekend

Wedge Explodes for 4th of July Weekend

Crowds come out in droves when a big swell coincides with a holiday weekend. While a number of the world’s-best hopped flights to J-Bay and Puerto Escondido, there were crowds aplenty to fill our local lineups. If you knew where to look this 4th of July weekend, southern California offered as many drops and beatings as a Puerto session right here at home.

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Mentawai Islands Drone Reconnaissance

Mentawai Islands Drone Reconnaissance

Mentawai Islands Boat Trip + Drone = awesome

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