Hola Joaquin! Just like the old beer commercials used to say, “The best things come to those who wait!” We’ve groveled all summer long. SUPed and long boarded until our legs fell off. You might have even had to go wakesurfing just to get a few. But as of late, we had some solid surf the last couple of weeks, and Hurricane Joaquin is finally “The One” that looks to send us the best swell of the season yet!

Joaquin’s future looked unstable for the last day, and then it took a noticeable spike in wind speed! He’s growing pretty rapidly, and there is already hurricane warnings in effect for parts of the Bahamas. The future projections also note that by Saturday morning, this storm may reach Category 3 strength. The cone of uncertainty is quite large, but forecasters do say that the East Coast will see multiple impacts from this weather pattern, including flooding, rainfall, high surf and beach erosion.

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We should expect solid waist to chest plus surf all week long with very favorable winds forecasted. There could be some really good offshore wind days as well. Be very mindful of your tides this week, as it has been the biggest moon tide phase of the year. This means it can create great unique conditions for many breaks, but also can cause tricky rips in certain areas on the hard outgoing tides. Get out there and tear it up!

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Also, don’t forget about your chance to win $5,000. Take advantage of this upcoming swell and take some really awesome pictures. This could be the best shot you’ll get all season! Visit www.saltlifefoodshack.com/big-wave-challenge for more details.

James Walker


THURSDAY

SURF: 3-4ft+
SWELL: E
WIND: light WNW to W winds in AM less than 5 then turning NE around 5-7mph in PM

FRIDAY

SURF: 2-4ft
SWELL: E
WIND: N winds 10-12mph all day

SATURDAY

SURF: 4-6ft+
SWELL: E
WIND: WNW winds 10-15+ all day

SUNDAY

SURF: 3-4ft+
SWELL: E
WIND: W winds 15-20 all day

MONDAY

SURF: 2-3ft
SWELL: ENE
WIND: W winds 15-20 all day