Marco and Laura Week in the GOMEX

Noon wfl update Saturday: looks smaller than early this morning knee high range. Talk to you Monday. Have a good weekend.

Saturday 8am WFL: Still going, thigh high and definitely still rideable at the best spots. A little bumpy with SSW winds, more details below.



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Saturday Details 8am WFL 8/29/20: We have SW windswell this Saturday in the 1-2ft range at 7 seconds on the beach with light SSW winds. There were some SW winds in the gulf/Yucatan late yesterday and last night that have kept the surf going. Definitely good for a longboard today or maybe more at the best spots. Should be a small wave all day today. Future: The remnants of Laura keep SW flow over the gulf but tomorrow looks smaller. A 1ft/knee high wind wave is expected tomorrow and Monday with light SW flow. In the long term the tropics will switch back to the Atlantic as we go full Cape Verde and some weird patterns out there. It may take a couple weeks before any African energy comes back to the Gulf but dude that was so fun! Enjoy your Saturday! What a great week of surf for WFL. Thanks for blowing up the site this week and for everyone that donated, you guys rock, stoked you scored, props for pullin in… Future: There is a lot coming down the pike, will it come gulf-side? Stay tuned on that one… And tune into Melancholy Monday, Height of the Season 2020 as we discuss what it’s like to go thru a hurricane, check back. Have a great weekend.

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    Previous Reports before and during Marco and Laura



Friday 7am Details(next update at Noon):
Looking at all the buoys in the gulf this am there is a distinct change in period on the southern most buoys. The buoys in the top of the gulf are 8 seconds or less but 99 and 003 both have 9-10 second west swell. Maybe this will reflect in the size of the surf today; bigger down south. 99 went 10 seconds for 4hrs in a row after being at 9 seconds. Could there be a last little push sometime today? Somebody will find some fun waves today, hope you do. By late today it will probably fade but still a small rideable wave all day.
Aurasurf.com WFL Marco and Laura Week Surf Forecast:
Thursday 8/20: 1ft SW waves, PM.
Friday 8/21: 1ft/knee high waves.
Saturday 8/22: 1ft SSE waves PM.
Sunday 8/23 1-2ft S waves filling in at best south swell spots(ETA?).
Monday 8/24: 1-2ft south waves.
Tuesday 8/25: SSE wave knee to waist high at best south swell spots with SE side offshore winds.
Wednesday 8/26: Knee to waist high SW swell at best spots with offshore winds.
Thursday 8/27: Knee to waist high west swell.
Friday 8/28: 1-2ft west waves.
Saturday 8/29: Slow knee high west swell from Texas/LA.

Friday Night at the Jetty. Venicejetty.com does it again with the best GC small wave coverage. Thanks Joey!

Middle Gulf Buoy Wednesday am. 24-36hrs away…

Ryan Cambell pulling in late in the day in St Pete. Photo: PJ. thanks!

UI dropping into a beautiful peak. Manatee Cnty this morning. Photo to aurasurf.com: Ryan Cambell, thanks! If you know who this is claim it!

Wednesday South Venice. 6:30am

Wed 6:20am WFL Surf Report: Good morning guys the swell has picked up a lot. In the dark in Venice it’s capping on the outside bar and barreling right in front of the rocks in the Cove on the sets, looks chest high plus. Your not surfed out yet are you? Buoy is 2-4ft SW at 10-11seconds. Wind is offshore and conditions are clean, more details below. Classic GC hurricane swell today. Go surf.

Laura Looking Legit! Wednesday am. Did we hit the peak of the Laura swell today? Lots of clean swell still on the way but it may be smaller.


Wed 6:45am WFL Details: The tide is pretty full this am as the moon waxes towards full and some swell fills in. It is supposed to go out slowly all day today. The winds are offshore everywhere this am. The wind has been going SSE towards lunch time every day, putting a bump on it. Any afternoon storms could clean it up late. MWatson(IRB!) from Surfline mentioned in their WFL forecast that the swell would not last too long bc Laura is/was moving away so quickly. I think it could be pulsey. I definitely think there will be a west swell from the NW Gulf at some point esp as she is ramping up big time. All that being said: It might be smaller tomorrow, that’s the forecast, still fun but smaller. The west swell from the NW gulf would fill in Friday in the waist high range IMO. Great week to be a surfer in WFL. The track reminds me of Rita, she made landfall in the same area and it’s not super populated along that stretch, still thoughts and prayers for the people in the path of Major Laura. We have a small LP NNE swell filling in today, gonna go surf, have fun! I want to see pics of you guys getting barreled! Maybe some broken boards also AMI.
Tuesday 6:30am WFL There’s still waves this am guys though it does not look that big at the moment. It looks like south swell in the knee to waist high range at best spots. Pinellas looks really small with St Pete looking 1ft/knee high range. Best south swell spots will be the call this morning as normal beach is pretty small and not really rideable. All the C-man stations and PORTS data report straight E winds, still a south ruffle is on the waves except at the jetty spots. Summary: A lot of East in the waves as Laura strengthens in the southern gulf. The wave models show the swell staying pretty SSE today and then clocking SSW and SW tomorrow. Waves look knee to waist high at best south facing beaches today. Tomorrow the wave models show the period longer around 9 seconds and the swell SW at 2-3ft. Maybe a little more searching for waves today, hope you find some fun ones. Laura is now forecast to become a major so she will send back some west swell later this week. Back around lunchtime with an updater.
Monday 1pm WFL Updater Looks like it dropped a little. It looks knee to thigh in Venice and St Pete with occ plus sets. Wind is coming sideshore, jetties are still clean. Wave models show it dropping a bit more later today.
What does Tuesday Look Like? Check the conditions early. Looks like a hard angled south building thru the am with SE wind. So more south in the waves and wind possible tomorrow. Late Tuesday could be good as more swell fills in from the southern gulf, my best guess is waist high range and building late at best south facing beaches. Have a good afternoon.

6am South Venice. In the dark it looks like waist high swell with some thump. St Pete looks smaller in the knee high range but it might be because it’s still pretty dark out. The waves are clean with offshore winds. Back at lunch with an update.

Monday 8/24/2020 WFL 5:30am Dawn Patrol: GM guys the buoy has trended up over the last few hrs. It’s 3.9 @ 8seconds SW. That could be really fun. Try and go surf this morning. PORTS data has every site reporting East winds around 10mph so it should be glassy. The tide looks pretty full but starting to head out. More details coming, back at 1st light.

Details 6am: By tomorrow am Laura will be in the gulf emerging off Cuba. Local winds are forecast to be breezy SE at around 20. Marco has weakened a lot and his weak side was his west side so his swell may drop off pretty quick as the Laura south swell takes over tomorrow. The wave models show a strong Cayo Hueso SSE swell tomorrow building in the morning thru lunchtime. Laura is forecast to slow-trek the entire gulf and wave models show lots of SW winds on her SW side so that’s a good sign for SW swell, (even Western Puerto Rico had south swell yesterday and still has SW swell today from when Laura passed PR on Saturday). That should make for some swell all week for WFL varying with the time and tide. Keep in mind the best groundswell surf spots will be bigger than the local beachy. Back at lunch with an update.

Sunday WFL 4pm: Should you skip work tomorrow?
W/o hyping it, disclaimer or sending anymore EC guys your way: Probably if you can swing it… or at least get up early and check conditions(you never know with the gulf it could be small). There should still be swell and the wind has a chance to be ESE at 10knts 2-3ft at 8-9 seconds waist high and clean at best spots. Just my best guess based on what the wave models are showing… stoked for you guys. I’ll be back tomorrow am, on it early. I hope you score, it looks fun. The 098 buoy should be 2-4ft from the SSW or SW with a period of at least 8 seconds. The wave models show the period dropping off rather quickly but man Marco kicked in the channel you would think it would last at least 24hrs before going to the 25/85 swell. Hope that helps, low confidence…

Sunday 2pm wfl update: looks to be coming up- knee to waist high swell on the cams down in srq. Look for more waves to fill in all the way to dark.tomorrow should be fun, more later.

Sunday 8:30am 1ft south lines in St Pete.

Sunday WFL 8am: Looks 1ft or less this am… Just got some power back, and internet… It usually takes about 6hrs from The southern buoys till a small line fills in. Maybe small when it first arrives. Definitely try and surf this afternoon- spread out and share, yeah right, starving surfers hoping to hit the Sunday buffet later. Definitely psyched for the forecast. Marco even though he is small really roughed up the channel so that is what will be filling in today some Yucatan juice. Now that he’s out in the gulf his west side is his weak side and he’s small so after the channel swell it may get smaller but then more west as he strengthens before hitting LA. That will meet the incoming Laura if she can keep it together. Looks like a great surf week coming up for WFL, take your vacation now 🙂

WFL Tropical Surf Chances have gone way up. Photo: M-Dub.

Sunday WFL 8am: Looks 1ft or less this am… Just got some power back, and internet… It usually takes about 6hrs from The southern buoys till a small line fills in. Maybe small when it first arrives. Definitely try and surf this afternoon- spread out and share, yeah right, starving surfers hoping to hit the Sunday buffet later. Definitely psyched for the forecast. Marco even though he is small really roughed up the chanel so that is what will be filling in today some Yucatan juice. Now that he’s out in the gulf his west side is his weak side and he’s small so after the channel swell it may get smaller but then more west as he strengthens before hitting LA. That will meet the incoming Laura if she can keep it together. Looks like a great surf week coming up for WFL, take your vacation now 🙂

Sunday 7am wfl good morning it does not seem like the waves have arrived yet. 003 just hit 5 ft at 10 seconds and it takes a while for the swell to get from that buoy to the coastline. Maybe someone else could give us a report this morning in the comments. I apologize but I have no electricity no internet- the power is out down here in the wake of Laura… I definitely think there will be good waves at some point today in wfl but it may take a bit to fill in… not sure of the ETA

WFL Tropical Surf Chances have gone way up. Photo: M-Dub.



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Saturday Surf Take 8am WFL From the aurasurf.com bunker on Disaster Island it’s the Live Laura Lockdown- (cue the music)… We are here in our yellow rain jackets and… Nada pasando ahora… but a butt ton of WX in the VI’s and on the way. I hustled last night to put the lawn furniture away at work and get ready and this am it’s still and steamy(we got waves)… good to be prepared. Hey Marco check this out(from NDBC 42056):
It’s only been blowing for 2 hrs but it’s got a chance. Marco is strengthening and his track is perfect, GFS 5 days out TOLD Ya! Now just sit back and wait for the south lines to start rolling in (tomorrow) Have a great day! I hope you guys score… You so freakin deserve it, such a loooooooooooong flat spell getting smahed by the FUJIWHARA, PU INSI! Wax em up! Details below updated… out…
The Official Fujiwhara Surf Forecast:
Thursday 8/20: 1ft SW waves, PM.
Friday 8/21: 1ft/knee high waves.
Saturday 8/22: 1ft SSE waves PM.
Sunday 8/23 1-2ft S waves filling in at best south swell spots(ETA?).
Monday 8/24: 1-2ft south waves.
Tuesday 8/25: Building SSE swell, waist to chest with SE side offshore winds.
Wednesday 8/26: Waist high south swell with offshore winds, plus at best spots.
Thursday 8/27: Knee high possible plus leftovers.
Friday 8/28: 1ft waves.
Saturday 8/29: Slow knee high west swell from Texas.

Friday Night at the Jetty. Venicejetty.com does it again with the best GC small wave coverage. Thanks Joey!

Friday 8am WFL Surf WX: Synopsis- A trough remains in the gulf. TS Laura has formed TD 14 is weak this morning without closed circulation. On the beach this am we have knee high sets at the best spots. Seas in the gulf are 2-4ft from the SW and waves 1ft ranger. These waves are from the trough action in the middle and eastern gulf. The details below get tweaked… Friday Notes: 1.The possibility exists for 2 cyclones to be in the gulf at the same time. I have never seen that happen. Looking at history they say it happened once in 1933. Tuesday would be the day if it was to happen again. 2. Will WFL get waves from a strengthening tropical storm in the channel? Lots of east wind on the top of 14. If 6ft south swell did pour into the gulf thru the channel late Saturday most of it would head to the panhandle, decay is a bummer- halve it and halve it again and you have a 1ft swell Sunday night so I think the Sunday forecast is a little too optimistic. In a situation like this you always get that little Cayo Hueso line in front of any swell. To summarize what I just said I think WFL will get small waves from the channel but it looks like Monday and not Sunday. This is the same system that sent waves up the Mona passage to Rincon which does not happen very easily it could send that same small swell to WFL from the channel. Have a good Friday… To quote one of Florida’s most famous rock stars: “The waiting is the hardest part”. Tom Petty. Get that grom on an LB in the mean time, shallow snad bar..The Official Fujiwhara Surf Forecast:
Thursday 8/20: 1ft SW waves, PM.
Friday 8/21: 1ft waves.
Saturday 8/22: 1ft SSE waves PM.
Sunday 8/23 1-2ft S waves filling in at best south swell spots(ETA?).
Monday 8/24: 1-2ft south waves.
Tuesday 8/25: Building SSE swell, waist to chest with SE side offshore winds.
Wednesday Evening 8/19 in NW PR:

We got a little wave from 97L. That’s a good sign for WFL. This was my surprise Wednesday evening sesh at Indy, knee to thigh but clean and so good 2 get back in the water. My 1st time surfing Indy in 5 months…


A wave! South swell at Indy.


Wed WFL Updater 8/19/20 8am: Light SSE flow today and a less than 1ft wind ruffle in St Pete this am. I like Levi and I’m super stoked on his videos and website, mad respect for him. What he does is good and necessary. What I’m going to write is going to be very brief. I am going to attempt to summarize 14 minutes of detailed analyzing… now: Do we have any well formed storms? No. Are the models well aware of the data and performing in a consistent trustworthy manner? No. What do we have? 2 tropical waves that look better on satellite this am. They have spin, they have convection. 97L which yesterday looked like a WFL wave maker has trended weaker today on the models. 98L also… The models seem to know as much as us looking at the satellite and guessing when it will wrap up. Check out Genevieve in the EPAC, that’s what a wave making storm is supposed to look like.
What has to happen for WFL waves? 97 has to form enough in the Yucatan Channel to spin south winds at 30mph for 6-8hrs at least to expect anything… Any little south line is going to have to fight increasing SE winds to get to WFL. If 97L does not develop it’s just a BOC wave getting a name right before it hits Tex/Mex border. 98L could bring another flood to PR like Isaias. The VI’s need that rain. Beyond that 98L is also supposed to go gulf side.
Surf forecast: If 97L fired up with south winds not east winds in the channel Saturday am- Sunday may see a south line esp PM… chances for 97L surf from the channel IMO 40/60.

When 98L gets in the gulf next week via the Keys building SSE wave on Monday/Tuesday. Yes WFL is on the verge of getting waves. Details are still cloudy. Have a good day back tomorrow.

Next week? SSE waves. Thanks Joey at venicejetty.com for the shot.


Tuesday 8/18/2020 7am WFL Surf Weather and Forecast: Faint south line less than 1ft and calm this am in St Pete with weak flow today for WFL, broken record about to change we hope… This morning the models are loco. All over the map. We have 2 waves to watch; Invest 97 and Invest 98. The GFS shows the front runner 97 passing below PR today and becoming a hurricane in the Yucatan channel in just 120hrs. Is that crack smoking or what? Yesterday the GFS did not develop this one until it got to the middle gulf. The EURO showed it weak also. For the record this Tuesday am both the EURO and the GFS have cyclones in the GOMEX within the next week but different scenarios for sure. In such a active season why do the models struggle? I’ve used these models for years and they usually do not flake so hard. I think the reason is this: The low pressures in the waves are broad and double barreled and that’s one reason the models flip flop. I also think there is a lot of SAL and dry, dusty Sahara air mixing right into the systems. My back balcony overlooks the Mona Passage here in PR and Isla Desecheo sits 11 nautical miles offshore. It’s my perfect reference for how much SAL is in the air currently. This Tuesday morning 8/18? I can’t see the island, it’s super dusty. It’s also 3-5degrees hotter than normal. Our avg rain chances have been 60%, today? 20-30%… so we definitely have a lot of dry air here right now. PWATS are 1.3 compared to 1.8 avg(no, PWATS is not a bad word, it’s precipatable water, look it up). Water temp here is 85.5, 84 on the N Coast… so not really that much hotter than avg normal, def hot enuf to fire these storms so that’s the report this am. The GFS Tuesday am Run scenario is kind of a dream come true for WFL surfers- Imagine a hurricane caressing the Yucatan Channel as it bounces off the Hotel Zone in Cancun and into the southern gulf heading NNW super slow at 8mph. It takes days to get to Texas sending swell to your beaches the whole while… Too good to be true. For Isaias 4 days out the GFS had him passing below us and bcing a tropical storm then it flip flopped to tracking N of the island and the EURO had him south. In the end Isaias did what the GFS originally said he would do and the EURO came in line and won the match while the GFS went off on a bender in TJ. Scary how dead on the models can be 5 days out. Summary: “Don’t ask me- I don’t Know” (who sang that one? ugh I’m becoming like Dbuh quoting songs every other second…)I’m sorry I tried to give you a fresh take your not going to read on weather.com- the reasons behind the weather but I don’t have a clue what is going to happen. I hope the GFS is right but I don’t want to say ‘wax em up!’. I gave 60/40 chances for tropical swell in WFL before 9/1 and this am that looks as on track as ever. That’s all I got, have a good day.

The view at dawn from the aurasurf.com office. There is an island out there not visible because of the Saharan Air Layer getting sucked into 97L.


Look Mon, no dust… Desecheo Sunset.




About the forecaster: My name is Micah Weaver. I’m from St Petersburg, Florida. I started forecasting for the WFL gulf in the mid 1980’s and continue to do so up to today. I currently live in Rincon, Puerto Rico. Thanks for visiting aurasurf.com


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50 thoughts on “Marco and Laura Week in the GOMEX

  1. admin Post author

    from Ericito(thanks man, hope you score know you will!) Looks like some itty bitty ground swell coming in, in pinellas this morning! Gonna wait a bit and give it a go mid morning!

    Yesterday had some fun waves, nothing crazy but waves none the less!

  2. OriginalJud

    I watched the cams all day. The buoy had hit 3 ft plus and 11 seconds at 3:00 p.m. forward. At 6:30 pm I could see some lines coming in and the wind had calmed down. I head to the beach. So did 250 other people.

  3. hd

    lol ^ let the weekenders get their fill while the sandbars havent been broken in yet. lets get it.

  4. JDog

    Seriously! Plz help. I don’t think 20 mph Laura is SLOWLY tracking. Just saying… please keep it reeeeeel… your killin yourself!!!!!!

  5. OriginalJud

    I hit it at 7:00 a.m. with the buoys showing a half foot up tick that’s all that swell needed. It wasn’t really showing on the beach. It was still small wave. 2 ft sets. Just a little warm up training for hopefully better day to come

  6. greg

    Last 2 hours of light in N clwtr were super fun Sunday night. Did not go to the zoo and found a spot with only 3-4 other guys. We all were getting some excellent clean waist high runners that had some solid push. Maybe it has been too long and I enjoyed it that much coz of the starvation factor…but…it was really fun.

  7. admin Post author

    JDog go surfing you may feel a little better. the 5am advisory discussion had Laura slowing down but track looks faster now

  8. hd

    i surfed today and i feel better. perfectly clean 1 ft. nuggies and some 1.5-2 ft. sets with a little bit of power lasted a couple hours before the wind and tide killed it.

  9. baytopper

    Day 3 of waves for me. Putting the out of office on for the next two days and doing a little wave-cation to make it a solid 5.

  10. OriginalJud

    Surfline talks about it all the time , when a storm passes through and agitates the seas and another one comes in behind it, the second storm is starting with a heated pan already, can only enhance what Laura brings.

  11. Fuggin

    Laura splashes down in the Gulf, I think you’re right Jud tomorrow should be on. Marco just primed the pump for Laura and we’re in for a treat. Hope everyone saved some juice for a couple more days of surf. Marco delivered this am & pm for me, surfed a brand new to anyone spot. I call it Dredge Hammer. Its a pointshorebreakpound that runs for a good bit. Thx Army Corp of Engineers!

  12. RUSS-D

    I popped out for a few waves last night, finally. I have not surfed in months. I took today(Tuesday) off in order to search for some waves. ✌🤞I hope I find some nuggets somewhere today. Come on Laura, hook me up. 😀

  13. exit193

    I bet North Venice Jetty will be the call today! Good tides and some solid wind protection, I bet the swell starts showing up here first

  14. admin Post author

    Pretty sick of the negative comments. Be glad you have surf and your not getting hit by a hurricane… yet. Next neg gets run and blocked. I already had to edit comments…

    In this world we need all the positivity and kindness we can get. Surfers should know better they get to play in the ocean and enjoy something super special so keep it positive. What are the chances you at some point are going to get good surf this week? and if you don’t who’s fault is it?

  15. hd

    im content lol i dont mean it directed towards anyone personally lol im sorry if you took it that way. these storms change every update and its kinda obvious everyone in general, myself included until i saw the storm track more south and west, thought today would be the day. i surfed for a cpl hours and got some fun one hitters and liners. i appreciate your detailed analysis, ignore the peanut gallery.

  16. DW

    Micah, sorry to hear you have to edit the posts of the internet trolls/haters/kooks out there. Keep the vibes positive and it’ll come back to ya! Reality is anything over knee high is a “swell” in WFL, waist or higher is a “solid swell and chest a “big swell”. Real gulf surfers are stoked on it. Get a high volume board, have fun and shut your yaps naysayers!

  17. JJ

    Enjoy your site but…wow, even that was negative. Speaking of being one-sided like the world culture is now…every opinion/discussion should be valued unless it’s vulgar. Please take no offense, but something to think about before blocking whatever YOU don’t like.

  18. baytopper

    Surfed two long sessions today and feel like I did when I was a kid….salty, crusty, and spaghetti arms. Can’t remember last time I logged in 6 hours of surf in one day and it’s not even 2pm.

  19. Ericito

    BE THANKFUL is this week’s theme. Starting to pick up in sopiney. Some nice rights with a left coming at them! Back out on the 5’2

  20. Jeff king

    Leaving Venice now. Sand key lost the name Zoo haha. But some fun fast shore break. I’m stoked.

  21. kalex

    Started the day with clean knee-thigh occ waist shorebreak at NVJ, was fun for a bit and looked a little bigger then what I saw from the evening (and definitely less crowded)
    Ended the day in North Manatee with Waist-Chest and building, solid fun hollow surf, must’ve got that view we all dream about a dozen times. 099 is trending SSW, tomorrow should be fun

  22. JJ

    Hate driving away from my backyard break, but I know where I’m not surfing today. Oh, looking so fun, gonna explore croudless waves…

  23. JB

    surfed first light this morning in Sarasota with like 2 other people for an hour before work. It was very fun punchy surf. get out there.

  24. Fuggin

    Yesterday (tue) never really got over waist high here but there was some fun waves to be had in the am & pm. DP today was spectacular, solid chest high sets with juice and clean. Found a spot with only a few people out and we enjoyed ourselves. Tonight might be good when the tide bounces back in. So stoked! Hope you all get some! 🤙

  25. Gorgio

    This morning was great. Solid ones came through in the shoulder high range and throwing. Thanks MW! Thoughts with all those in the path of Laura.

  26. hd

    im an east coaster turned gulfster and i must say when the gulf gets legit swell it is so much fun and so easy. i made probably 7 barrels today or so and had at least 10 maybe 15 additional closeout shacks,
    some with amazing lengthy vision and room, plus some super fun lines. cheers 🍻.

  27. Anthony

    What is with the lifeguards on ami? She’s about 16 telling me I can not go into the water cause of lightning? The storm was moving north west!!! What did I do for 30 years without the beach patrol. Big govt. then she left at 5. What happens if lightning strikes when she’s gone? Guys. Seriously. Stop giving up your rights!!!

  28. RUSS-D

    I worked it out to get off early today and hit Sunset for an afternoon/evening session. I had a blast. It got crappy as the first storm rolled through and brought onshore winds and chop with it. I took that opportunity to grab some food and hydrate. Went back out and at around 4:30 the winds laid down, it started to just line up, and get good. That lasted for around an hour and it was wave after wave of fun. I almost went down to AMI but these waves were just perfect for my old bones and I had such a fun time on them.

  29. Mdub2

    @Anthony — That 16 yr old is just doing her job… State regulations on a lifeguard beach if you don’t like it don’t drive down there! The locals would probably appreciate it after the beating they took from the out of towners the last 3 nights. Try staying in the water during a lightning storm at NSB/Ponce and see what happens.. waves have been fun. Micah that’s Brett McIntosh in the first photo, long time AMI local and lawyer. Find him at McIntosh Law in Sarasota.

  30. OriginalJud

    I am so happy I drove south over the skyway this evening and caught double the size that we’ve been dealing with here in the backyard. for one second the green water and sets approaching just reminding me an old-fashioned pea island Hatteras session

  31. Rob

    Caught great waves today at a few different spots and everyone was cool. And there were no issues in the water where I was at.

    And I should add that 1 of the 3 spots I surfed were off the grid and war firing … I only left cause the tide changed and it got wonky.

    Negative people should get deleted not only in the comments but also in the lineup … show respect and you’ll get it back
    In return

  32. admin Post author

    do you guys think that was that yesterday was the best WFL surf day since Ike and Gustav in 08′? Has there been a better swell in the last 10yrs? That was shades of Wilma, Dean, Rita all the great swells we had last decade, and no red tide! Looked awesome guys!

    and thanks for all the reports and surf stories.

  33. hd

    it was as good as it gets. hands down. lots of power and some solid sets, long lines, perfectly clean and barreling non stop. id like to think itll get good again today but the big tide drop and offshore wind will prevent that imo. count your lucky stars, we were spared again. a storm like that hitting here and it will change our lives and landscape forever.

  34. DW

    I stayed local in Pinellas and had a great day! Doing the home from home COVID thing and did three 1.5 hours session yesterday. Mid-day and late afternoon surfed a spot solo that I hadn’t tried in years and it was firing. Sore old bones today but there is still a little long period swell showing that you could log on. Maybe it will bump up further this afternoon as MW alluded to?.

  35. Jeff King

    I covered ground the last 3 days. From IRB to Venice. Incredible how AMI was consistently 2x the size and power no matter the tide. Good times.

  36. lennard skinner

    Mixed feelings on Wednesday……surfed pretty darn good by Gulf standards surf. But dude, the poor people AND animals that were in Laura’s path.

  37. Rob

    We are taking about two distinct S swells that at their peak hit Sunday and Wednesday. I got both big juice days when they were at their best.

    It’s probably some of the best Gulf waves that I have got in 10 years yes – for sure.. And I surfed a few different places to verify … it wasn’t just one spot that was going off. Depending on tide and day, there were a lot of uncrowded waves to be had.

    It took some effort and some walking / driving but there were definitely some moments (for hours) that were reminiscent of Wilma and Katrina… minus the red tide …

    So – in some ways it was even better…Sunday and Wednesday was 🔥

  38. Jeff king

    Just got home from sunset. Milked one last session on the fIance’s 9”0 soft top! Man am I bad at surfing that thing.

  39. admin Post author

    Thanks for the comments guys… Rob that was basically 2 distinct channel swells. By the time Laura sent the largest part of the SW swell to WFL she was right in front of the channel, glad you got the best of it… super stoked by St Pete’s new spot too, looked really fun… at one point the sunset cam was pointed right at it. seeing that wave break and the one to the N of it gave me flashbacks to the mid 80’s when Sunset jetty was the spot, remember that? Sunset Jetty used to be twice as big on a south as everywhere else, short steep right and longer left next to the rocks with all the rippers out. they dredged it in 89 i think and it wasnt the same after that… On such a good swell it looked to be back… ayy nostalgia hahahaha.

  40. Rob

    I clearly remember when Sunset Jetty was the primo spot on a good SW swell … it used to break on NW too, but SW was when it would fire. It’s had it’s moments from time to time even now, but nothing like those old days. I also remember how much of a cold and brutal walk it was to the break or back to your car (against the wind) on cold front swells. That stretch of beach is looooong and the cold front wet suit walk was freezing.

  41. RUSS-D

    I grew up on T.I. and lived at the last little old apartment building at the very end of Sunset(just as you curve around to the left at the last parking lot)for a couple of years. I would also drive my motorcycle with my board strapped to it(sideways) to go surf. The very end of Sunset and old Upham are the spots I learned to surf on. And Rob is right, every once in a while it gets good down there. I have walked down to get away from the crowds and found it to be way better and not crowded. I have also walked down there and wished I hadn’t. LOL

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