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"To say it was pumping would be an understatement," says photographer, Matthew Loots. "People were getting full stand up barrels down the entire length of the beach. But it was hard work, you had to pick the right wave, failure to do so resulted in a crushing slam onto the shallow sand bank."© 2014 Matthew Loots
The day prior in New Jersey. "This day couldn't have been better," says the photographer, Connor Haplin. "The lighting was amazing and it was pumping. New Jersey's own Tom Petriken finding some cover from the bright light."© 2014 Connor Haplin
Perranporth, Cornwall. "Swimming out to take photos I saw a few snapped boards and some amazing surfing," says Matthew. "The waves pumped all day, all weekend, through both tides, and to top it all off we were blessed with a magic sunset." © 2014 Matthew Loots
Floating the boat at Turtle Cove, New York. "Waves were pretty fun," says witness to the scene, Calvin Knowlton. "Quite crowded but probably because it was a Saturday with nice weather/sunlight for a change. Winter does feel like it is coming to a end. Spring is here, the air temp is starting to warm up to the 40s/50s F, and hopefully the water will catch up soon."© 2014 caliknows
The chart view might show two vastly dissimilar systems, however, the results were much the same, sun, barrels and very wide smiles.
"Perranporth was on fire on Saturday," says Matthew Loots. "The banks shaped by the winter storms lit up, creating a playground full of wide-open barrels, but as the tide dropped out behind the cliffs at Droskyn it got heavy, and after taking more than one beating on the shallow banks I thought it best to ditch my board and grab my camera to document the first real spring day of 2014."© 2014 Matthew Loots
Belmar, New Jersey. "The waves were pumping in on Saturday. Clean conditions, springtime air temps and sunny skies."-Stanley Brajer © 2014 Sbrajer05
"Probably one of the heaviest sessions I have ever shot in Cornwall," says Callum Morse of saltshots.com. "Just me an Tim out this day and the sets were marching through with a decent bit of grunt. Tim, wearing a borrowed wetsuit along with a friends board he dug out the back of a shed, managed to stick a few bombs before this last wave swung wide on the reef, hitting a shallower section projecting him from the lip straight into the reef. Stoked." © 2014 saltshots.com
Another East Coast pit, sans occupant.© 2014 Sbrajer05
La Graviere, France. "The sandbank looked like Kirra, breaking further from the shore than a classic Gravière." Said Arthur Bourbon. "The waves were pretty long and the strong rip made them really hollow. We were a few ones out there and everybody was getting barrelled wave after wave. I couldn't believe it! So weird to jump from a total apocalypse to a perfect spring day of 20°c, blue sky and barrels." © 2014 Marc Gasso
Cornwall, England. "Everyone and their dog had decided to make the most of the fine weather," says Matthew Loots. "Cars were parked on double yellows all the way along Churchtown Road. Walking towards the Bluff I could see a perfect shoulder high, barreling left, but we soon realized that this was between sets and about five minutes later a set came through." © 2014 Matthew Loots
This was a familiar view during the weekend, for those with well developed paddling muscles.© 2014 Matthew Loots
England's best known big wave spot, The Cribbar, also showed its face on Sunday.© 2014 tjsurfphotography
New Jersey © 2014 Sbrajer05
"South Cornwall doing an impression of Pipeline, sort of."© 2014 ziggz
Somewhere in New Jersey. Noah Brooks is in there somewhere.© 2014 NBrooks99
Perranporth on Saturday. After all the storms, the locals were beginning to forget that you can occasionally surf the exposed spots.© 2014 Matthew Loots
An unidentified, and doubtless ecstatic Cornishman, enjoying one of the better reefs in South West England.© 2014 Nomad
"MSW had forecast 10ft of swell from the west at 16secs with a moderate Southerly wind, which immediately set my homing device for this place."-Matthew Loots© 2014 Matthew Loots
"Turns sections were still on the menu at North Fistral on Saturday, before the big stuff arrived."© 2014 si-knight
Cornwall showing its colours.© 2014 Matthew Loots
East Coast love.© 2014 Sbrajer05
Tube time at Fistral.© 2014 si-knight
"Porthtowan,10-12 foot and no one out."© 2014 brayer
Joan Duru at home in Hossegor.© 2014 Marc Gasso
Best viewed with Morcheeba soundtrack.© 2014 GeebeeSKS
An interesting approach to weight distribution in Newquay Bay.© 2014 user409328
Meanwhile, half way up the English channel in Bournemouth, logs were the weapon of choice.© 2014 surftojairo
South Cornwall, UK. "Its been a fantastic few days of sun and surf," says the man behind the lens, Jack Neale. "As the sun set everyone took a last wave in then came back for just one more." © 2014 Jack Neale
La Graviere. "This winter has brought big swells and strong winds from the south west, in my home we've had great waves with these conditions, but in France, until yesterday, I had not crossed the border in the winter to go surfing." says Indar Unanue. "I love the waves of France, and it seems that now we have some good days." © 2014 Marc Gasso
During the weekend, two separate systems provided sandy barrels for surfers on both sides of the Atlantic. Cloudless skies saw sunglasses emerge and dazzlingly white skin given an early airing. Wetsuit accessories were shed en-masse and an atmosphere of celebration infused the spring air.
“Something was different when I woke up on Saturday morning,” says photographer, Matthew Loots, who spent his weekend snapping gaping Cornish tubes. “Apart from the hangover from Friday night, there was an unfamiliar brightness and warmth about the day. It was almost as though the rum from the night before still had me in her grips and I was dreaming of a far away land; a land where the sun shone brightly, on a sea shrouded in rainbows, as the light refracted off the spray from a gentle offshore breeze. But I wasn’t dreaming, this was actually happening, and after the stormy, blustery, unforgiving surf that I had become accustomed to over the winter, it soon became clear that this was better than any rum induced dream could possibly be.”
Across the pond in the New World, East Coasters were enjoying similar Springtime conditions. “This day couldn’t have been better,” says photographer, Connor Haplin. “Spring temperatures, great lighting, and it was pumping.”
We were a few in number and everybody was getting barrelled wave after wave. I couldn’t believe it! So weird to jump from a total apocalypse to a perfect spring day of 20°c, blue sky and barrels.”Arthur Bourbon
Perhaps the place best treated this weekend was South West France. The Atlantic storms which rendered Hossegor unrideable for months have left beautiful banks along the entire Landes coast. “The sandbank looked like Kirra, breaking further from the shore than a classic Gravière,” said Arthur Bourbon, who has enjoyed several days straight of pumping La Graviere. “The waves were pretty long and the strong rip made them really hollow. We were a few in number and everybody was getting barrelled wave after wave. I couldn’t believe it! So weird to jump from a total apocalypse to a perfect spring day of 20°c, blue sky and barrels.”
It may be too late for the ASP Big Wave World Tour, but Dungeons lit up.
Conor Maguire harks towards a time when the cold and dark wraps back in and the lows deepen, spinning thick ropes of swell towards Ireland.
Italy has waves and Sardinia has some of the best spots, places you would not believe. Leonardo Fioravanti knows that better than most...
From the Caribbean to Nova Scotia (and maybe even Europe) the forecast is for a medium sized swell to grace your local beach.
Like a lot of the waves in the edit, this one is a grower. Dusty Payne and Yadin Nicol make light work of things you'd sail on by.
Highlight of the day was the 17-year-old brother of local legend Manoa. He blew everyone away.