Spotlight Juno Beach Pier

JUNO Beach Pier, jewel of Florida's State Road A1A, the surf highway of the East Coast. This fickle stretch of the U.S. has a reputation for poor waves and consistent onshores. This begs a question: how do the surfers here get so good? Everyone here has just clicked onto hurricane watch, just waiting for those cyclones to start developing off West Africa. In the meantime the last few weeks have produced a series of decent swells for the locals to practise on. Local photog Stuart Browning was there to document the sessions.

When you're tooling up and down the East Coast of Florida, says Stuart, there is only one road, A1A. And there is one stop not to miss, the Juno Beach Pier. Park in the free parking lot. Walk to the planks. Look up and the allure of the ocean will possess you. In some magical way the breeze, the waves, and the sun take control and take you to a place of its own. The water is clear, the temperature is warm, and all you want to do is get wet. The running charge for that first entry into the water tells it all. It's more than a sport - it's an infection that never leaves your soul.

10 years of inconsistency

Using 10 years of data you can see here how the swell consistency drops off massively towards the height of summer. However when the swell does hit the locals make the most of it.

Incoming

He knows what to do when the shorebreak is just right ... Matt Budd, 2007 East Coast Champion

He knows what to do when the shorebreak is just right ... Matt Budd, 2007 East Coast Champion

© 2016 - Stuart Browning

Typical incoming Florida swell sneaking in during a warm May night. Unfortunately the extensive continental shelf sucks the power from the swell. The question here shouldn't be how often it looks like Teahupoo but how often can I get a stoke surf in?

How to surf a shorey Pt I

Well it is Florida ... Sharkbite capital of the world

Well it is Florida ... Sharkbite capital of the world

© 2016 - Stuart Browning

Whatever you seek you shall find in the breaks surrounding Juno Beach Pier, says photog Stuart Browning. Skimmers rip the shore break. Kids work the inside sets like pros. Full air assaults are on constant display on the first break. While long boards patiently wait for the perfect wave on the outside. It's all here.

Shark bite capital

Jupiter flyboy ... Jensen Callaway

Jupiter flyboy ... Jensen Callaway

© 2016 - Stuart Browning

Recently the site of a hard-fought battle by The Palm Beach Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation (the local authorities and fishermen) to keep the beach open to surfers. You can no longer surf within 100ft of the pier but that's better than not surfing at all. When it's on you will find a few other bodies in the water. Just maybe some aren't as welcome as others.

Local fly boy

Nose Riding a sweet swell from the outside ... Jenni Flanigan

Nose Riding a sweet swell from the outside ... Jenni Flanigan

© 2016 - Stuart Browning

Locals Surf Shop pro Jensen Callaway is no stranger to employing unusual tactics in avoiding the men in gray suits. Patent pending...

On the nose

Sneaking away from Locals Surf Shop for a little lunch break ... Jimmy Moren

Sneaking away from Locals Surf Shop for a little lunch break ... Jimmy Moren

© 2016 - Stuart Browning

Other locals look far more friendly

Spot check

A big guy with a big backside cutty ... Brian Corbett

A big guy with a big backside cutty ... Brian Corbett

© 2016 - Stuart Browning

On my quest to document a few weeks of surf in this area it was Jimmy Moren from Locals Surf Shop took me around to some very special spots: The Pier, Kite Beach, The Corners, and the Inlet. Here's the man himself.

Throwing curves

Riding high ... Ryan Weiland

Riding high ... Ryan Weiland

© 2016 - Stuart Browning

In just a few hours you realize that you are in the breeding ground of some of the best surfers in Florida.

Making bad look good

Spreading his wings ... Alan Boyd

Spreading his wings ... Alan Boyd

© 2016 - Stuart Browning

Ryan Weiland's only just left Jupiter High School and is Cali bound for the summer.

Flying

The contest machine with a big bottom turn during a Northside free surf  ... Bryce Cohen

The contest machine with a big bottom turn during a Northside free surf ... Bryce Cohen

© 2016 - Stuart Browning

Alan Boyd's taking off for Mexico for the next two months.

What time is it?

Something specially grom sized ... Johnny

Something specially grom sized ... Johnny

© 2016 - Stuart Browning

Photos can tell a story, but only part of the story. You might never want to leave. The norm here is - knowing you're late, but asking, "what time is it?" then staying for "one more". We all do it. As you sit in the ocean you know the next set will include the best wave of the day.

Grom incarnate

When he's not fighting fires he's a cool cat ... Local fireman Dillion

When he's not fighting fires he's a cool cat ... Local fireman Dillion

© 2016 - Stuart Browning

Little Johnny setting up for special grom heaven. Watch this kid though he's the devil in the water.

Water research

Resident rasta ripper ... Brandon Murray

Resident rasta ripper ... Brandon Murray

© 2016 - Stuart Browning

How to surf a shorey Pt II

Incoming ... Jersey transplant “Garnett”

Incoming ... Jersey transplant “Garnett”

© 2016 - Stuart Browning

As I stand on the shore with my Canon in hand, I know the next ride will have that "perfect shot" and so it goes on and on...

Incomer

Stoked on Juno ... Gillian

Stoked on Juno ... Gillian

© 2016 - Stuart Browning

Even some of the non-locals do ok here. And others have got it pretty dialled.

Juno baby

I love this shot, the wave might not have been very good but it epitomises the Florida stoke. So if you are on A1A pull over.
Stuart Browning


Ed Temperley

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