Boom you got the Bomb!
As surfers, we’ve grown accustomed to our loved ones criticizing our extraneous purchases. Why do you need a 5’10 X 19 3/16 when you already have a 5’10 X 19 1/4? (“Because I like to shred, Mom, gosh!” is an appropriate, albeit, unhelpful answer). Any Floridian who acquired a hooded wetsuit (or 5 mil booties and gloves, for that matter) prior to the winter of 2017/2018, likely endured similar harassment. After all, it doesn’t get that cold here. It’s Florida, right?
Enter early January’s “Bomb Cyclone” compliments of Winter Storm Grayson, which unleashed blizzard conditions from New England to coastal Virginia and dispatched unusually frigid air and water temps to the Sunshine State. As Grayson brought days of waves and fleeting offshore winds to spots up and down the Atlantic Coast, extraneous suddenly seemed fortuitous, and Northeast Florida surfers — clad in neoprene from head-to-toe — paddled out into sub-50-degree waters, their cries of “I told you so,” muffled by the stiff wind-chill and the sub-20-degree air.
With only narrow windows of clean conditions predicted for the breaks around Jacksonville, a few area surfers headed south, where warmer spots from Cocoa to Palm Beach were predicted to greet the incoming front, holding the size, while remaining relatively less-chilly.
Given the short timetable and uncertain forecast, the most decisive (or lucky) surfers and photographers were able to score quality surf in their native state. Scroll the gallery to see who got the best bombs of the recent, unprecedented “Bomb Cyclone.”