After showing off all winter, the mighty Atlantic proved she still had a few tricks up her sleeve—much to the amusement of local surfers—sending a somewhat unforeseen run of late April swell to light up premier spots up and down the coast of Northeast Florida. The surprise swell event certainly prompted deliberation—priority weighing, spot considering, quiver assessing. Of course, any and all surf-impeding commitments were broken. Of course!

Meanwhile, it was deadline week here at Void Magazine. As we sweated over the finer points of our Makers Issue (due out next week!), a creeping sense of FOMO threatened what is typically a joyous, though labor-intensive part of our monthly workload.

Save your sympathy, dear reader. We got some. And, if the quantity of surf-related posts blowing up our Social Media feeds is any indication, so did everybody else. Scrolling through Instagram late Wednesday, it seemed this swell event was captured from nearly every angle, with North Floridians slipping, sliding, tucking in, and gouging through lineups from somewhere east of Fort Clinch to the Matanzas Inlet.

Seeking a unique perspective of this freaky fun late-April swell, we collected a fine batch of photographs from local lensmen Ian Bunch, Will Vogt, Jared Jeffs, Josh Kirshner, and Evan Hilton. Enjoy!

Hobie Sears driving through the pier bowl. Photo: Vogt

The sure-footed Joe Pulido navigates the pier bowl’s right handed doppleganger. Photo: Vogt

Trenton Phillips just returned from a SoCal sojourn. He appears well studied in the execution of a proper Windansea-style bottom turn. Coincidence? Photo: Bunch

Reid Mikalsen’s got mad composure. Photo: Bunch

Artist-surfer-shaper-screenprinter, Wayne Satterwhite, knows how to make things aesthetically pleasing. Photo: Bunch

Soft sand, soft board, heavy construction, heavy barrel. Photo: Jeffs

Lots of sand AND water moving around in St. Augustine this April. Photo: Jeffs

Void Mag Prez Tye Wallace, blowing through his to-do list on deadline day. Photo: Vogt

The pier is the place to see and be seen. Photo: Vogt

Void Editor-in-Chief, Matthew Shaw, pier bowl, circa 1976? Photo: Vogt

Hobie Sears looking down upon a lineup of flightless birds. Photo: Hilton

Trenton Phillips’s got pocket presence. Photo: Bunch

Firefighter, Brent Lamprecht is a superlative public servant, always willing to share with his fellow man. Photo: Bunch

Vogt captured Hilton capturing. Neat! Photo: Vogt

The most serious wave cannot intimidate the seriously mustachioed, Joe Pulido. Photo: Vogt

Jason Motes savaging some leftovers. Photo: Kirshner

The sun will continue to rise in May. We’ll see if the waves follow suit. Photo: Kirshner