Texas West Swell

Thursday 7am DP: The buoy is 1-2ft at 7-8seconds from the west. On the cams, the very best spots look knee high. St Pete looks 1ft, less than knee high. Desperate longboard wave may be found at the best sand bars.
New forecast and surf review below.

Wednesday groundswell photos by Tony Coleman.

Wednesday groundswell photos by Tony Coleman.

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Thanks TC for the great photos!
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SURF REVIEW

Monday Morning Double Barrel 996/998mb Low in the Honey Hole.

Monday Morning Double Barrel 996/998mb Low in the Honey Hole.

Thursday 7:30am WFL Surf Review Have you ever been standing on the beach in a hard Eastwind thinking ‘man, Texas must be getting some good waves with this wind’? Well, the opposite just happened. Guys are standing on the beach in Texas going ‘wow, Florida must be getting some good waves’. That was a very intense low pressure. It’s in just the right spot for just the right amount of time. The wind was not 15 to 20, it was not 20 to 30, it was 30 to 40! That was the reason why we saw 11 and 12 second period swell. The distance? From all the way over on the other side of the gulf. I don’t even think it came from Louisiana too much. More of a pure Texas swell. This happens every once in awhile. It was always something I lived for on the gulf. If that low pressure had come towards the East Coast say crossing I-10 towards Jacksonville, West Florida would have had victory at sea and really windy, choppy, nasty conditions. Instead the low-pressure headed straight north to Michigan and left a weak front in the middle of the gulf so besides some stupid South winds at some of the beaches the conditions were just fine.
This wave is sick by any standards any wave in the world. Thanks to JB for the shot from venicejetty.com.

This wave is sick by any standards anywhere in the world. Thanks to JB for the shot from venicejetty.com.

This picture of the jetty in Venice shows a pretty solid firing, A frame, deep-water wave. That’s because outside of the certain beaches down south the water is a little bit deeper and allows more swell to impact those beaches. Beaches with either ‘re-nourished’ sand bars, bad sand bars, too shallow sandbars might be good on a north wind wave but they don’t get the deep water energy that the best sand bars would have with deeper water outside and then shallow curve bank on the inside to make the wave push up into a peak so it doesn’t close out. It seemed like Venice was the spot with the most crowds although everybody had a good time, good vibes, heard a lot of positive things. With a South-wind your pretty much forced to surf with blockage, close to a jetty but when the wind is straight off shore, all the best sandbars could light up. Then you can surf by yourself if you’d like.

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WFL Surf Forecast for Thursday: Maybe a knee high wave at the best spots on Thursday but it will be mostly small south wind-swell. Friday looks flat. Saturday, the best cold front spots should have a clean knee to thigh N line as gusty NNE winds are forecast to blow all Friday night. It will be small and clean but should be ridable on Saturday esp on the incoming tide at the best N swell spots. Monday, another cold front will slide by on the heels of a FL EC low pressure heading out into the ATL. Expect more knee to thigh high N lines on Monday.


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17 thoughts on “Texas West Swell

  1. evy alland

    This has my name on it – “the super keen gulf coaster with access to a good south facing south swell spot may be able to get wet mid week”

  2. Robbed72

    Props on saving some lives dude … (@ MW) … I can count on more than one hand how many lives I have presumably saved though the years. And just hope and pray that someone is gonna be there for me if and when I need help myself. The ocean, the Gulf, etc … water doesn’t play. I personally have nothing but respect for water. Thanks, as always, for a solid forecast.

  3. evy alland

    I missed MW’s savestory – before I surfed,nearly bought the show @ siesta on a boogie board when the leash broke… Lifeguards never saw me… but some surfer did… I think surfers make more saves then most folks realize.
    Well said Robbed72 – I have great respect – and I own my limitations….

  4. Raymond

    Who doesn’t love a good southy? Hey Micah, those shots of Brandon and Tony fo sure were fire. I wish you would have left them up a bit longer.

  5. evy alland

    ShaZam – my son – who taught me surf is home… and there are waves!!!! and OMG for the first time in yearS I have a shot at surfing with my kid : ))

  6. Robbed72

    Hmmmm. Looks like “secret spot” is indeed in order for this afternoon. Was hoping for something bigger, but I’ll take the log out later and find some lines.

  7. RUSS-D

    WHAT?!?!?!?! chest high runners on Christmas Eve?!?!??! It was pretty fun this afternoon. Tide got fat, swell got mushy but until then it was pretty solid and a lot of fun. Mele Kalikimaka everyone 🙂

  8. RUSS-D

    MELE KALIKIMAKA to all of you surf nuts 🙂 . I hope everyone has a great Christmas day. Seems to be some swell left on the buoys. Not sure if it is reaching the beach though. I am going to load a couple of boards and go look soon though. My wife is working all day, so i am home alone on Christmas morning. 🙂

  9. Bfisch

    Super fun few days of surf! Caught my local spot with our entire community of cheerful surfers. Good vibes! Then scored a session at the spot, and it was pumping.

  10. rich

    Thanks for the forecast micah,you nailed it.Went to n.jetty at 10 was waist to chest and fun and then around 2:00 the waves exploded overhead sets breaking all the down the beach and winds were good.It was like a hurricane swell,UNBELIEVABLE.Old school n.jetty at its finest,so stoked

  11. admin Post author

    Really good talking to you yesterday Rob, stoked you scored. Yesterday was old school. I had visions of that long left barrel Kep got at Beach House in Gulf Blvd when he almost made it out of the end section, that was so solid. Stoked you scored too Rob have a great day everyone!

  12. evy alland

    Great morning forecast read – liked the explanation for Venice…. and yes, desperado here is hoping to get out and maybe get the last of the last once the seat work is done.

    Also want to post a wonderful comment from my FB wall after I posted the Aurasurf report yesterday:
    “Jeff Matula – … Micah has been calling it as accurate as I’ve ever seen anyone do it from Pinellas to Sarasota over the last 15 years.”

    Thanks so very much – May the WAVE be with you Micah and ALL OF US THIS 2016 YEAR

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