A Tale of Two Coasts and One Tropical Storm

Craig Murch

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Updated 21d ago

The Gulf Coast of Florida is hardly a swell magnet. But when the right conditions align, dedicated masses climb from the woodwork to make the most of warm waters and extremely desirable sandbanks. All it takes is a little tropical storm...

In this case, last week, it was Tropical Storm Cindy who managed the rare feat of blowing up some surfable bumps in two water bodies — the Gulf of Mexico and then the Atlantic Ocean. Not quite two separate oceans, and Cindy did have a bit of help in the second round but nonetheless, weather is a wonderful thing to obsess over.

© 2017 - magicseaweed

MSW Head Forecaster Ben Freeston breaks it down:
"Cindy's gift for Florida's surfers was both a slow track across the Gulf and a kick to the west as she did so. While the storm wasn't particularly intense, (winds peaked at about 60mph) this path, coupled with a broad fetch, created a solid run of swell for several days. Local winds were a challenge at times but that westward kick spared the worst of it.

"Beyond this, as the remnants of Cindy were consumed by a larger system from the north west, a short wind fetch set up a little summer relief for New Jersey."

So, check out a quick gallery below from Cindy's end of Spring fling in the Gulf of Mexico and North Atlantic:

Gulf Coast of Florida
Matthew Glenn

Matthew Glenn

© 2017 - Alex Dantin

Mel Young

Mel Young

© 2017 - Alex Dantin

© 2017 - Alex Dantin

The second day of Cindy was a little more wild. Sterling Spencer's in there somewhere.

The second day of Cindy was a little more wild. Sterling Spencer's in there somewhere.

© 2017 - Alex Dantin

Tristen Durham

Tristen Durham

© 2017 - Alex Dantin

© 2017 - Alex Dantin

New Jersey
Over a week SE swell leading up to it really helped groom the bars - it was perfect in a lot of mysto locations.

Over a week SE swell leading up to it really helped groom the bars - it was perfect in a lot of mysto locations.

© 2017 - Shawn Casey

And in between firing that shutter, Shawn managed to snag a couple himself.

And in between firing that shutter, Shawn managed to snag a couple himself.

© 2017 - Paul Boardman

© 2017 - Shawn Casey

© 2017 - Shawn Casey

Conor Willem.

Conor Willem.

© 2017 - Shawn Casey

Cover shot by Shawn Casey.


Craig Murch

MSW Content Editor