It’s not over until the fat lady sings! The sands of the hourglass are trickling away to the “official end” of hurricane season 2015, but another storm has brewed up in the Atlantic. Tropical Storm Kate, the eleventh storm of the season, formed Monday and is currently tailing off to sea. She may be named a Hurricane before it’s all over, and we’ve enjoyed a little burst of fun surf the last couple days from this activity in the ocean.

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Kate-ch ya later    …     sorry

We would have liked to have Kate forming now into mid-week looking ahead to the BIG weekend, but as always, we’ll take what we can get! Looking ahead to this weekend’s events for the RedBull Night Riders going down Friday night under the lights at Jax Beach pier from 8 to 10 p.m. Six of the top aerialist surfers on the East Coast, including three of our local heroes, the Thompson brothers, will be competing in a tow-at surfing competition that is a must-see event kicking off the 2015 Lannadoo Festival.

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We should have a fading windswell/groundswell mix into tomorrow, but long range forecasts are projecting some smaller, yet favorable conditions for a tow-at style competition! As of now, we are looking at 1 to 3 foot surf, holding at eight seconds with light northwest winds. This could lend better setups for the skis for some punting actions from the athletes, versus chunkier choppy conditions. A major front is pushing across the Midwest at present that could change things up by Friday, but depending on how Kate moves along will determine the overall size come competition time, but it will not be flat. Get down to the pier Friday night as it is transformed into a virtual surfing arena, and cheer on your local athletes as they hold it down on home court!

The submissions are in! Who will be the BIG WINNERS this year? Find out by attending the event at Salt Life Food Shack on November 25! Visit www.saltlifefoodshack.com/big-wave-challenge for more details.

James Walker


WEDNESDAY

SURF: *2-3ft+*
SWELL: E
WIND: Winds light and variable from the N to NW then NNE all day less than 5

THURSDAY

SURF: 1-3ft
SWELL: ESE
WIND: WSW winds 5-10 all day

FRIDAY (REDBULL NIGHT RIDERS JAX BCH PIER 8-10 p.m.)

SURF: *1-3ft*
SWELL: ESE
WIND: NW winds 5-10 all day

SATURDAY

SURF: *2-3ft*
SWELL: NE
WIND: WNW winds 10-15 in AM decreasing to 5-10 in PM