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Classic GC Spots Remembered plus 1985 Elena Gulf Surf Story

This was a really good day there in the late 00’s.
photo: M Dub.

Stop in the Compound soon, these are magic!!

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Wed 6am WFL: The GFS is picking up strongly on the wave coming off Africa. A high is supposed to drive it into the Caribbean. A week out another high moves down from Canada pushing the low into the NW Caribbean and eventually the GOMEX at the beginning of October. It’s wack bc it’s so far out but it makes sense. Praying it stays south of the islands. In the short term a low will from off J ville, check the EC forecast. N winds will happen Saturday but maybe just a WFL 1ft N line. Thats the WX news this am… 73/86 on Saturday, sign of things to come…
Post Dredge photos:

This was a really good day there in the late 00’s.
photo: M Dub.

Thanks to MT for the epic 80’s WFL surf photos, more coming tomorrow…

Wednesday 6am WFL: The gulf is stuck on the sidelines as the ATL pumps. No WX expected for the gulf, and we may see flatness for the next 10 days… Check the EC forecast. Somebody asked me to post pics of the best WFL spot back in the day. This spot was just super lined up bc of the groins. I’ve surfed all over the world and feel confident saying this wave was the best on the gulf when it was working which was pretty much every cold front back in the day… Any one else have pics of this wave before 1990? I had some better pics somewhere but here are the ones I could find.

There was this winter time ESA contest at Turtle Beach in 1987 or 88 I think and the waves were so good. Like 2-4ft and glassy A frames for a surf contest! We stayed all day. On the drive back to Seminole we followed the coastline up to LBK and scored these waves before dark. One of those epic GC days. I did not know it then but it must have been a nice west swell from a low pressure bc it was solid swell all day.

Film photo from 1988 LBK before the groins were taken out. This was the bottom last section of a world class wave on the gulf back in the day. This was a very long perfect point break that barreled at the top and then fired for 100 yards on the good days. Photo: J Stevens.

This is Joey underneath the pink house on LBK 1987.

NW PR Wednesday:
It’s huge today, winds still have some west in them which really messed up everything yesterday. Usually if it blow south at 20-30 it will drop the swella bit…. I hope so, no me gusta 10ft closeouts! Yesterday I drove thru Aguada and it was almost fun, chest to head high but west winds and choppy, then I heard it got fun later…

Mid 80’s IRB and some broken pier to watch out for post Elena. Piers used to be the place where gulf surfers always surfed, maybe still in other parts of the gulf but WFL pier surf has not been the same since 1985.

Tuesday WFL Elena Surf Story Updater 7am: I was hoping a low would form in the gulf early next week and it may happen but the low is really weak and the models insist on only 10knt winds so no waves in the future forecast yet. Surf story- stop me if you’ve heard this 1 before but 1985 was the best year for WFL hurricane surf. Elena was the 3rd hurricane swell that summer(2 more after her). She hit on Labor day weekend. The swell was really good. I rode my bike the less than 2 miles to Madeira Beach of all places and got 2 days of swell from Elena before she got too close and they closed the beaches. I was new to surfing but Elena had such good swell I learned to turn right and go down the line on those beautiful groundswells. The beach was closed for the next the 3 days as Elena stalled and flooded TB and wreaked havoc. Trees fell, piers fell and we had sustained 70 knt winds for a couple days. All the WFL piers pretty much fell: The iconic IRB pier crashed, the Central Ave pier behind that. The Rendington Long pier and both Indian Shores twin piers where I learned to surf came tumbling down. The Wall in Indian Shores became the breakwater after Elena- Elena changed everything. They really started renourishing the beaches regularly after that(5 years later they renourished the north end of Longboat Key and ruined WFL’s best surf spot). So Elena changed everything and besides surfing some tiny leftovers on the Tuesday after the storm I did not surf again that September bc Elena had just left a void in the WX behind her, a weak high pressure and a flat spell… This post Idalia WX pattern now is reminding me of 1985. I hope we don’t go all month w/o waves.

This was the Bay Areas closest call to a natural disaster. Hurricane Elena 1985 we surfed before and after this storm whether the cops said we could or not.

NW PR Tuesday: So far Lee has been way different than Idalia. Idalia had dead winds and pumping NW swell. Lee’s east swell has missed us and now the winds are onshore SW, booo. Cant win them all and better waves are on the way the rest of the week after today.
Monday WFL 6am: I hope you had a good weekend. On the maps this week all the action remains in the ATL. Low pressure is showing up near WFL in 7 days from now, late next weekend. Both models show this and it’s been on there for days but it needs to go notch up bc at this point next week’s gulf low pressure looks really weak. This week as Major Lee approaches the US but stays offshore winds will clock N then NE and ENE. Your temps will drop slightly and a 1ft log wave could happen Thursday or Friday PM. OTW check the EC forecast, they have fun surf today and possibly tomorrow. NW PR has had small surf since Thursday but Isabela is giant today! Not much getting in down here but the forecast looks really good for later this week and next weekend and a bunch of GC guys are headed down, stoked! I posted my pics below. Maybe it’s rare I charge double OH surf but I know how to find the fun stuff when it’s maxxing everywhere 🙂
Details by Diaco:
Tuesday 9/12: Calm conditions, light winds.
Wednesday 9/13: Calm conditions.
Thursday 9/14: N winds at 10 plus, 1ft PM conditions.
Friday 9/15: N winds at 10 plus, 1ft PM conditions.
Saturday 9/16: Calm watching the gulf.
Sunday 9/17: Calm watching the gulf.