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Wildwood, New Jersey experiencing the benefits of an Independence Day Hurricane© 2014 Eric
Alejandro Delgado pulling into a heavy one© 2014 Gabriella Delgado
Another empty from Hurricane Arthur© 2014 Eric
One of the many riders keen to make the most of the quick swell before it disappeared© 2014 Eric
Evening Traffic for a short lived swell courtesy of Hurricane Arthur at Deal, New Jersey© 2014 Stephen Krawiec
Photographer Chris Norcross finds himself a nice little view© 2014 Chris Norcross
The chart to thank for the short lived waves on North America's East Coast
Fun looking bowls at Topsail Island© 2014 Cameron Blaz
No doubt, the fact that the storm responsible for this swell knocked out power for tens of thousands in Canada was the last thing on this girl's mind. Topsail Island, North Carolina© 2014 coastlinephotographync
Topsaild Island local Cody with a jam off the lip© 2014 Cameron Blaz
Independence Day celebrations at Topsail Island© 2014 coastlinephotographync
Shaun McGrath tucks in to a nice looking shack at Belmar© 2014 Gabriella Delgado
If you timed it right, there were barrels to be had at Topsail Island© 2014 Cameron Blaz
Good size, clean waves at Belamar, New Jersey© 2014 Connor O'Toole
Between the rain and wind, moments like this could be found at Belmar, New Jersey© 2014 Bill Mckim
Despite being somewhat short lived, Independence Day 2014 presented the East Coast with fun, punchy waves courtesy of Hurricane Arthur.
Buoys off North Carolina saw a pulse of 16ft @ 13 second that built steadily throughout the day on the 3rd. Meanwhile in Southern New Jersey, the swell peaked at around midday on the 4th swiftly changing from a weak East swell to a more solid 11ft ground swell in the space of just a few hours. Those who blinked missed it.
The ever shapely banks of New Jersey made for some particularly handsome looking waves, whilst further down the coast in the state of North Carolina saw something more playful looking to be enjoyed with the added benefit of warmer water, but by the early hours of the 5th the swell had disappeared just as quickly as it had arrived.
There may have been an abundance of rain and wind undoubtedly making celebrations for thousands rather wet this year, but for surfers up and down the coast, July 4th was a good day to be in the water.
If you have photo evidence of a better session you had during this swell, upload it HERE.
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