Wednesday Update Below
Tuesday report below…The Compound Crew in Puerto Rico Monday 9/23: The Compound Crew came to PR and the ground shook! We scored super fun waves both days they were here. As they were waiting to catch the middle of the night flight out of Aguadilla and back to WFL, a 6.3 earthquake hit PR and shook everyone up! No damage or injury was reported but man it was exciting. Not as exciting as the waves we surfed! Love how you can come to PR for 2 days and score and go home noodle armed, surfed out, stoked and happy! Try and time a swell and c’mon down this season. The Compound Crew did great they were super cool, and fun and gracious to hang out with. I think they should come down all the time, thanks guys!
Wed WFL which had a pretty good summer before September just got stuck on the wrong side of the high pressure/low pressure pattern going strong in the ATL. That pattern shows no mercy. Another burst of east winds is on tap for Florida. The EC which looked fun and clean yesterday is going to go onshore again. At least the beach WX and fishing is good for WFL, right? It’s not as humid as it was during mid summer. Surf Chances: 20% and another Yucatan wave make for some wind in the channel. During a normal scenario best south facers could see some little south swell BUT with the strong east winds forecast to fire back up there is no way… I don’t think 1.3ft at 8 seconds SSW is going to make it into WFL. Will WFL get a cold front during the 1st 7 days of October? Lots of questions, few answers as the flat spell rolls on.
NW PR Update: Yesterday I did not think about surf. With my wifey in FL I have been Mr Momming it, so dang domestic, takes all my time(miss you baby, love your wife). Wind was bad too, hard N. Then at 4:30 it clouded up and the wind switched and I grabbed Cass and WJ and headed to Domes. Got to surf w Herbalist Brent from St Pete. Some 15 second swell showed up and started A framing up by the jetty. Fun session, what a surprise. This am more Long period pings… Im out there. We lost power last night for 10 minutes then it came back, More aftershocks .20 inches of rain, thanks for nothing Karen, NON EVENT piece of garbage tropical storm. At least it’s cloudy and 5 degrees cooler than it was. The little 15 second swell is from a distant storm maybe Humberto or right behind him, so cool. I would love to surf 4-6ft Indo tubes but Im totally happy surfing small LP swell.
Tuesday WFL and NW PR 8am 9/24/2019: I don’t think we can bank on Karen too much. Both the GFS and the Euro have come off their line a bit today. The GFS keeps it a ATL storm, the Euro is bullish in putting her in the GOMEX but it takes 240hrs and she is weak by then. In the meantime the E and NE winds are calming a bit in the short term. The EC may glass off and it could be a good time to road trip, check their forecast. By next week instead of seeing a organized cyclone in the GOMEX what is more likely is a Canadian high pressure will slide into the ATL reinforcing the Bermuda High and another surge in elevated E and NE winds will be on the way. Totally CLIMO for WFL for this time of the year. Way out in Lala land at 240 hrs the 1st week in October the GFS puts a full on cold front coming into the SE. When will the 1st cold front passage be in WFL? Would you rather have tropics or cold front? Tell us in the comments…
NW PR: the waves have been hot and so are the temps- 93 during the day away from the beach and 84 at 10pm last night it’s got to be some kind of record overnight high temp! it is so hot! It has not rained in a week and the farm is surffering so I am hoping Karen brings some rain and cooler temps but she is really disorganized and her convection is weak. Here in PR today it is another hot sunny day… so c’mon Karen bring us some much needed rain.
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Surf Story: I surfed Middles for the 1st time in awhile yesterday. It’s not that I don’t like that wave, I like it a lot. It just has not been that easy to get up there for me. Life is busy and complicated sometimes- just like it is for everyone. Middles is an awesome wave- a short-board wave with lots of juice. A meaty peak, a bowl, a barrel section. Great wave- Yesterday it was intense! About 15 guys in the water, 1 shifty peak, swinging short, swinging wide, but mostly focused right in the middle. 10 days until the Corona contest at Middles so lots of PR pros out practicing. I couldn’t get a wave for like almost the 1st 25 minutes, stink eye, paddling around me… You know what? I really like it, it got me so pumped! That feeling of competition. I was super pumped to surf… Here where I live, I avoid crowds like the plague. When I do surf in a crowd it’s not with pros and most of the times it’s with friends so it was cool to jockey and paddle battle and nobody would give me a sniff, stoked. Everyone was shredding so hard! Busting airs on every wave so I had to try and surf my best to get any respect. Not that I want to surf in crowds again all the time. But for me it was another case of middle age nostalgia. Reminded me of surfing Sebastian Inlet or NSI back in the day. The crowd was so intense. Nobody would give a wave away and if you were in the wrong place you were going to get sprayed or run over. Nostalgia is what stoked me out to surf in an intense crowd and not catch many waves hahaha. What a powerful force nostalgia is, gonna have to try and surf Middles more in the future.