All good things do come to an end, but what an EPIC run of surf we’ve had from our friend Joaquin! Though he is gone, we had some of the best days of surf in years. It was a perfect one-two punch of distant hurricane swell with a sub-tropical (like nor’easter) both in our swell window at the same time — a natural anomaly we don’t see too often. We were patient all summer long, waiting finally for a burst of pure activity from both the Atlantic and Mother Nature.

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Hurricane Joaquin is now downgraded to a tropical depression and is drifting out across the Atlantic. He actually might create some interesting conditions for the up-and-coming WSL event in France. With all of the fun surf that was, Joaquin left some aftermath in his path. The Bahamas were hit very hard and many areas still remain flooded and under a state of emergency. Also, with the tail end of a record moon phase coupled with the front to our north, the surrounding areas of Charleston saw some major flooding. Overall, we know it could have been much worse and find ourselves once again the lucky ones to have only a fresh coat of wax to cleanup after the swell.

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What to expect next? Well, it’s hard to top the swell we just had. Things have quieted down in the tropics for now, but we are looking at some interesting areas east of the Caribbean, and some slight, yet abnormal activity brewing off the coast of Central America that have some models heading towards Florida. The season isn’t officially over yet, and we still have some leftover surf out there with another little pulse towards the beginning of next week.

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James Walker


WEDNESDAY

SURF: 2-3ft+
SWELL: E to ENE
WIND: NE winds 5-10 all day with gusts up to 15

THURSDAY

SURF: 2-4ft
SWELL: ENE
WIND: ENE winds 10-15 all day

FRIDAY

SURF: 1-3ft
SWELL: ENE
WIND: NE winds 5-10 all day

SATURDAY

SURF: 1-2ft
SWELL: ENE
WIND: WNW winds less than 5  all day

SUNDAY

SURF: 1-2ft
SWELL: NE
WIND: N winds 5-10 most of the day turning NNW 5-10 late in PM