Thursday, January 1, 2009
New Year Surf Debacle, New York Surf Debate
Wow. Seems like only yesterday, we were all worying about the end of the world at the turn of the Millenium. But that never happened. Bush tried, and we even survived that.
A snowy and frozen New Year greeting.
I know a lot of people like to start a new year off right, and that usually means a paddle out, even if conditions are less than favorable. But there won't be much of that today. Watching the Casino Pier cam in NJ, I see one desperado sitting in a flat ocean. There are four dudes out at Trestles in miniscule lines.
Isn't there always supposed to be waves on holidays? Well, Thanksgiving, Labor Day, Christmas guess it doesn't apply to New Year's Day.
That leaves little to do beside talk about swells of holidays past. And the guys over at the New York Surf Forum have been doing just that.
It seems that someone has started a thread over which wave is bigger, the Luke Simpson shot of Jeff Sullivan from Thanksgiving '08, Cape Cod that I ran a few weeks back, or the Nelly shot of Sean Killarney, St Pat's '06, Montauk that ran on Surfline.
The photos in question
It's a very fair question, and arguably two of the biggest waves ever shot in the Northeast. Just knowing that the water was probably in the mid 40s or less for both of these, give them an extra level of gnar. And both of these Irishmen are insane chargers.
Most of the NY Surf public seems to think Killarney's New York skyscraper is the bigger of the two, but I just love the debate itself.
Happy New Year.