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.
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
Cover shot by Shawn Casey.