The east coast of the States has seen a sublime run of swell over the past few weeks. Even before Christmas, those characteristic A-frames were unloading onto shores all across New Jersey. And the past few weeks have been epic too, there's even still a bit of swell in the water now – doesn't that already sound like one hell of a winter to remember already
We think, yes! But don't just take our word for it. “We've had such a good mix and run of different swells so far this winter, lots of opportunity if you pay close enough attention and plan out the schedule accordingly,” says NJ lensman Shawn Casey aka Yewwville on Instagram.
Forecast: NJ + New York
“Late Autumn threw us a curveball with frigid temperatures and some pre season snow.
“There were waves all through Christmas and New Years with hardly anybody on it. Nice short period swells offering fun shape in the Delmarva region, leading into a really fun swell in NJ and parts of New England for New Year's Eve, the last swell of the decade sure was a fun one.
“Early January has been super consistent. Lots of south flow and we seem to be in a pattern of one good day of offshore wind each weekend, which has worked out well for the weekend warriors.
“Last weekend saw a decent run of swell and 70degree air temps in NJ, it was super crowded as you'd expect for a weekend beach day in January but there was a really fun swell running at a great angle, pretty rare stuff.”
And more recently? “The weekend just gone saw the best surf of the season. I had my van packed up for a day of 3-5ft weak but fun surf and hard winds. There was swell the day before, which caught my interest, but the wind was only favourable for a short window, I thought the groundswell would fade out a bit for the next day but it actually morphed out, doubled in size and the interval beefed.
Forecast: Cape Hatteras
“The south swell also over-performed, instead of an 8 second, weak, out to sea swell it juiced up into a 6-7ft@10 second event, which, on its own, is pretty solid here. But when you mix in a 4ft@14second juicy east swell and perfect winds on an open stretch of beachbreak, you get some magical winter surf.
“I was way under gunned for the first couple hours, sadly a lot of perfect 10's slipped by in those first couple hours, with hardly a breath of wind. Glassy A-frame runners spitting their guts out with no wind is super rare stuff. Hopefully a sign of whats to come as we begin to enter a fresh, and possibly more winter-like phase of weather patterns.”