Pura Vida – Surfing on the Gulf Coast

February 11, 2009

bobby1

What a week of surf!

Tuesday I surfed at Ed Walline.  Paddled out by myself and found a group of younger guys in the water heading out to the second sand bar.

Keep in mind we are just now starting to see it break out there since we lost it in Hurricane Opal.  Growing up, we use to love to surf the “outside.”  Today proved to bring back many of those old memories.  The biggest memory is what a long paddle it is.  That long paddle makes me realize I am no longer 18.  I got to tell you though I sure enjoy it more!  It was a solid head high plus wave.  Lots of power and the wave stands up a lot longer so your ride is much longer.

I surfed for about two hours when I heard one of the local kids yell for help.  His leash had broke and he needed help getting in.  A surfer rule is to never leave another surfer in harms way.  We worked our way to the beach and I heard he found his board 3/4 mile to the west of where we were.

So we have two more days of surf left.  Still trying to get some good photos but today we were just out to far to even begin to get shots.  Here is what is left of this swell.

WEDNESDAY
SOUTH WINDS 20 TO 25 KNOTS…DECREASING TO 15 TO 20
KNOTS IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS 6 TO 8 FEET. PROTECTED WATERS ROUGH
DECREASING TO CHOPPY. SCATTERED SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT
WEST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS…BECOMING NORTH 5 TO
10 KNOTS AFTER MIDNIGHT. SEAS 5 TO 7 FEET. PROTECTED WATERS CHOPPY
DECREASING TO A LIGHT CHOP. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND ISOLATED
THUNDERSTORMS.

THURSDAY
NORTHWEST WINDS 5 TO 10 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO 5 FEET…
HIGHEST OFFSHORE. PROTECTED WATERS SMOOTH.

Thursday will be the day to check out of work, school, etc.  It will be offshore and it will clean up the scrambled mess in the gulf.  These days have the potential to be as good as anywhere i have ever surfed.  If you have never witnessed one of these days try to keep an eye on the beach all day.  I know I will.  See you in the water.

Pura Vida!
Pura Vida is a column by Santa Rosa Beach resident Bobby Johnson. Bobby is a local realtor and surfing enthusiast. You can reach Bobby at 850-865-7798 or www.bobbyjblog.com.