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This solitary pitching peak tells but a fragment of the story. On Sunday morning East Coast surfers awoke to pumping surf, and most of them were there to exploit it.© 2014 Pete Milnes
"We saw the report looked promising, 4-6 feet with offshore winds," says the photographer Ryan Simalchik. "My buddy and I decided to make the hour and a half drive up north. When we got there we were greeted by perfect head high barrels. Almost every wave was makeable and the barrels were long and wide. This winter has been amazing so far."© 2014 Ryan Simalchik
Endless barren beaches arguably have little aesthetic appeal, until you put a perfect righthander in the background.© 2014 Conor Haplin
"I got to the beach at Deal around 10 o'clock and it was just what had been forecast." Says Pete Milnes. "A perfect Sunday of overhead kegs in New Jersey. Everyone and their mother was out. Every beach with a break had at least 10 to 20 guys out."© 2014 Pete Milnes
Swallowed up at Deal, New Jersey.© 2014 Pete Milnes
Slotted surfer is cheered on by adoring crowd.© 2014 Pete Milnes
Backlit, black-and-white boat floating at its best. Holyoke, New Jersey.© 2014 Dan Cirlin
Some more velocious lip gliding.© 2014 Dan Cirlin
Cape Hatteras showing delectable shape. The guy on the inside has clearly had more than his fill.© 2014 Nate Appel | Cineaptic Digital Media
"There was a solid south swell at dawn which tailed off by lunch and then a new SE swell surprised us all by filling in very quickly," says Pete Hardie from REAL Watersports. "Two different swells with barrels and sunshine all day long - what an awesome day." Surfer: Toby Diggens© 2014 Nate Appel | Cineaptic Digital Media
Pete Hardie tucks in.© 2014 Nate Appel | Cineaptic Digital Media
Tropical barrels may dominate our desires, but sometimes an afternoon in East Coast suburbia can look as seductive as anywhere.© 2014 Pete Milnes
A Holyoke local takes a productive foray out of the tunnel.© 2014 Ryan Simalchik
Nice bit of Dune conservation.© 2014 AndyHaumersen
Ah sun-glint, pretty for pictures, horrible for set spotting. This silhouetted surfer still manages to find a turn section at Manasquan.© 2014 GSC
Ruggles, Rhode Island.© 2014 Wyatt Couture
It's not always easy to score waves on the East Coast, and it certainly doesn't help when you face the wrong way.© 2014 Ryan Simalchik
Belmar© 2014 Ryan Simalchik
And again.© 2014 Ryan Simalchik
Deal© 2014 Pete Milnes
Flying southward, and back 24 hours, Floridians were treated to punchy walls and warmish water.
Every conceivable barrel stance was tested at Deal.© 2014 Pete Milnes
Layne Donovan getting in on the action in Virginia, though according to the photog, a terrible session was had.© 2014 trashnmore
North Carolina wasn't quite thumping, but who would turn down an azure sky such as this?© 2014 CBW
Setting up for a layback barrel? We shall give her the benefit of the doubt.© 2014 CBW
Deal© 2014 Pete Milnes
"Sunday clears away the rust of the whole week," said the English poet, Joseph Addison. A session of barrels such as this will erase the rust from entire month.© 2014 Dan Cirlin
This swell took few by surprise. By Saturday evening, wetsuits had been dried inside and out, cars packed, and surf spots selected. 4 to 6 foot clean was forecast, and the Atlantic delivered with punctuality, accompanied by sunny spells to thaw out the extremities.
“There was a solid south swell at dawn which tailed off by lunch and then a new SE swell surprised us all by filling in very quickly,” says Pete Hardie from REAL Watersports. “Two different swells with barrels and sunshine all day long. What an awesome day”
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