It’s been quite the week for surfers from Chile to California. While first hand reporting comes from Santa Cruz, as you’ll see below, the ocean has been en fuego throughout the America’s. The surf footage from “The Wedge” is impressive, but the video of Mark Healey is next level.
In an interview from Stab, Mark Healey had this to say- “Today was honestly twice as big as the biggest I’ve ever seen it here. The energy and the water moving was just… so beyond anything I’ve ever seen here. Everything else pales in comparison. Read the rest of his interview here.
The first waves from a long period S-SSW swell started making its way to the California Coast last Sunday night. On Monday, May 4th the running joke for surfers from Orange County to Santa Cruz was they thought it was a holiday, hence the crowded lineups, and the numerous employers wondering why so many people were out that day.
Above, “The Wedge” going off on May 4th, 2015. Check out some incredible drone footage here.
In what will hopefully be the first of many southern hemisphere pulses to greet the golden state this summer, the energy in the water was noticeable with this swell. It peaked on Monday, kept firing on Tuesday, and while the juice has been slowly easing through the week, as of Thursday, proper sets continued to showcase great shape, clean faces and long rides. Perhaps the nicest surprise was on Thursday morning, lineups in the town breaks of Santa Cruz were nearly empty. A good friend who lives in Pleasure Point said she was confused, wondering if there was something wrong. “With so many good waves and no crowds, I thought something must be up”. It seems a majority of surfers go their fill earlier in the week, but there’s still heaps of quality waves out there for anyone looking.
As the swell has backed off through the week, strong NW winds have influenced the perfection that was. The trick has been to either get out to surf early, or head to breaks that are more protected from NW winds, but focus S-SW swell energy. Currently, a W-NW swell has been mixing in with S swell energy along with the NW winds. There will be a little new SW and W-NW energy in the water this weekend, so the good news is there’ll still be waves for the next several days.
The magic of the southern hemisphere system that lit up the coast will be gone by the weekend, but the stoke it brought to the area won’t soon be forgotten. Looking ahead, forecasters are honing in on another round of south swell that should hit the Santa Cruz area in a week or so. Keep your eye on the swell forecast, especially around mid month, as this system probably won’t be quite as big as this past one, but it does offer similar characteristics and will certainly bring some fun waves to the area.