Is El Niņo Finally Here?

With massive swell on the horizon the big-wave world takes stock of how we've arrived at this point.

Updated: December 4, 2009, 4:03 AM ET
By Jason Murray | ESPN

Thus far, it's been a moderate start to the winter North Pacific swell cycle. Don't get me wrong, there have been some early season highlights: a Pipe swell in September, a couple clean combo days in October, the Nelscott Reef contest, a steep north swell in early November and finally a hearty Mavs Thanksgiving feast. But overall, it's been a little slow considering all the El Nino hype and hoopla in the air since this past spring.

Seems that's all about to change for the better. ...

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