August 2019 Eye on the Tropics

Friday Update Below.

A small bump came up yesterday at a select beach in WFL.


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Friday 8/23 8am WFL Updater: The trough is still forecast to sink into WFL next week but now the low pressure is forecast to form on the East side of Florida leaving WFL in weak onshore flow. Still a chance there could be a bump but it does not look as good as it did yesterday. Today the flow is weak NE on the influence of the low off Miami so the bump we had yesterday afternoon does not look that likely to happen again today and on the cams this am the surf is 1ft or less. We will keep an eye on next week. Check back…

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53 thoughts on “August 2019 Eye on the Tropics

  1. Fuggin

    Camping at Jetty park in Canaveral and TD3 has delivered some fun waist-chest nuggs at the pier. Thinking about heading North maybe Playalinda this afternoon. I’m here until Thursday, should I head home early or stay on the EC? I hope you guys score, models look interesting

  2. admin Post author

    more wind waves this time not so much swell like Barry but at least there is fun looking surf

  3. DW

    Some fun waist occ. + windswell at Sunset Bch yesterday late afternoon. Packed some punch :)…expected to be LB’ing knee high surf and instead rode my fish!

  4. Matty B

    Yesterday bigger than expected in N Pinellas. Pleasant surprise. Buoy got to 4.6 @ 6 seconds. Today it’s around 3ft @ 6 seconds.

  5. Rob

    I got 3 days of surf in July. All 3 of the days were fun and quality surf days. Prior to the last swell, I know a few people who were catching knee high waves every afternoon on a few days where the gradient was tighter. I think we got more than 7 days. There were small windows of opportunity that produced … (usually when I was working of course) LOL

  6. admin Post author

    welcome back Rob! your trip looked epic! 3 days of waves in between exploring iceland right? stoked man thanks for the update

    i’ve been sliding 1 footers behind my job on the west side but yesterday I actually got up to Jobos and it was really fun, chest high on sets, lined up rights -my first real surf since Bradenton in mid June… cant believe how much surf N coast of PR gets… they have wind waves every day. I got to get up there more

  7. Nelson

    It’s taken me a while to fully understand the 25-35 mph wind underneath the Dominican. You made note of it last year and I thought sure but what are the odds that it’s consistent enough to wing a trip…… Then I remember my dad taking a trip to the Caribbean side of Costa Rica about 15+ years ago and telling me how rough it was running out the river mouth in a little panga looking for tarpon. The dots are connected.

  8. admin Post author

    what a freak of nature. check that coastline on windy.com… perfect setup 6ft at 9 seconds then the wind shuts off and goes offshore and that wave is so heavy!

  9. Rob

    Yeah MW thanks bro!! – I took my daughter … we went around the whole country. I found waves, but didn’t surf. I met a few surfers who cued me in on locations where it can get good. They, like us here on the Gulf, are always fighting the wind. There is a lot of swell, but the wind is often times on shore.

    The country is awesome. If you kept up with my facebook, I documented everything daily … kinda did a travel blog. My instagram didn’t have nearly as many details and pics, but I posted some there too. It was a great trip. I’m super stoked to have gone

  10. Rob

    I like that question you asked: “why do you surf in a crowd if you don’t have to?” Tropical systems (especially strong ones that are in the money part of our window) provide multitudes of options to surf spots that otherwise don’t really break. For me – that’s the best part of surfing over here … and through the years we’ve discovered little side streets and beach accesses where literally nobody was out.

    During Barry, we took a little time to explore and find a wave where nobody was out (credit Heath for the find actually) … but it ended up being solid shoulder high … head high sets … with punchy lefts and rights. At a spot that none of us had ever surfed at. Needless to say, everyone left stoked … days like remind me how good it can be when you score it good, do a little exploring, and get to trade waves with your primary surf crew. There’s nothing better IMO, really!

  11. Ericito

    Volusia tomorrow? Ponce and Smyrna cam are Pay only now arghhhh. I would love to surf some Ponce semi point break barrels, but I can’t even see if it’s breaking lol. Anyone have a take? Saw a picture from nsb this morning it did look fun.

  12. admin Post author

    Jobos has fun waves too. does anyone pay for surfline? the cams make it worth it (premium that is)

  13. Nelson

    The cams are a great help for the nasty customer service calls when you work from home……

  14. Tobin

    Just post it already, the Tampa guys need to know how good Ft Desoto can get. The secret spot map that is.

  15. admin Post author

    dude I cant find it the ft desoto map… it’s lost forever unless Rob has it… I can only post it when radical swell is imminent- to direct intrepid surfers to the barrels of their lives

  16. Rob

    I still have the original map saved and I have a digital copy too. I’m pretty sure that you can find it in the Aura archives and that it’s floating around in internet land still …

  17. DW

    Old archaic surf forums? Had to get my two cents in on that! Circa early 2000’s there was one that had a guy from IRB who’s handle was the “Big Ripper” and MW & TC used to just crucify the dude for his over the top posts calling him “little ripper” and such all in good fun. This was back in the old days…when Upham broke and SKP often didn’t. Guess we have all matured some since then but what is great about surfing is it brings out the inner child in all of us. 😊

  18. OriginalJud

    You know being a desk jockey all day, Surfline was my go to daily for surf fix. Seems to have lost that Magazine feel to it and I find myself more on Stab and Aurasurf.

  19. admin Post author

    speaking of Stab(also red bull) props to Ashton from Venice his show ‘no contest’ is like my favorite now… can’t believe he bungee jumped that bridge in south africa. how much did they pay him for that?

  20. Rob

    Ahhhh. Yes … the old Gulf Surf Forum (GSF) … those were the good old days. Too bad it came to an end, but it definitely had it’s glory days before running it’s course. Paul did a great job with that site, and I miss that guy. Haven’t heard from him in years. I even miss doing the daily report on there like I used to. And the Ft. Desoto thread …. (hahaha – EPIC … yes … I still have the original map) …

  21. admin Post author

    El niño está muerto
    Hurricane season 2019 is now forecast to go notch up
    The only thing right now is the Sahara dust and upper level winds. Hope for northern storm track, swell and no destruction…

  22. Fuggin

    Took the grom out this evening for a few prone tandem rides on the soft top before the storms moved in. We zipped down the line on a 2footer and we were all smiles. The stoke is alive in my 3yo yewww!

  23. Ericito

    Waves have been semi rideable every day almost. Havent nade it every day, but have seen waves for like 10 days strajght or something.

    My question is, will this Trop season ramp up? It doesnt feel like it, but it could happen right?

  24. DW

    MW waxing nostalgic this morning! Is that a Ford Matador or Chevy Vega? Can’t tell from photo but I remember taking surf trips in both when I was young. My grandpa had a lil Vega station wagon that made a decent surf mobile. 🙂

  25. m-dub

    Vega Man saw a lot of fun waves!

    Hurricane season was recently forecast to go notch up I think significantly. 2017 was a nightmare and flipped on a dime very quickly. That could happen again.
    Like all quiet for the next week or 2 then a bunch of hurricanes fire up.

    I just hope the track stays north and recurve…. swell and no destruction

  26. FBC

    cool thanks for the inxs post MW, takes me back to 15/16 years old. I drove to Padre Island almost every day to surf wind chop waves in south Texas

  27. Mattyb

    Waist high and glassy this am in N Pinellas. Super fun until a giant thunderhead came in and blew it out.

  28. RUSS-D

    I got out at Sunset yesterday right after the big storm blew through. It was fun enough on the fat fish. Had the longboard with me but left it on the truck.

  29. Fuggin

    Fun run of waves past few days. It continues today, it’s knee-thigh and looks flushable and definitely longboard worthy. I’m out there!

  30. DW

    Another 4 day run of overall clean waves, all in S Pinellas. For me it began Thu eve, again Fri eve, then Sat morn and again early this morning. Fishable first 3 days , generally waist(ish) to occ. chest. Today knee to thigh, rare waist peak but super fun on my LB. Can’t complain about multiple surf days at home!

  31. Fuggin

    Totally scored that Monday am wave. Thx to you admin! Early report got me checking the buoys and cams and out of bed. Hit lido to find shore pounders/skimmer paradise, but about 500yds up the beach there was a magical sandbar with some long thigh-waist rights jacking up on the very shallow sand. Sun & mon am were easily the best days of the swell down here and I scored it by myself. I can’t believe everyone slept in or just stayed home.

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