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Washington Ignites

by on Wednesday 23rd October, 2013   32881 Visits   Comments

Nestled up close to the Canadian border, this spot is one of the few accessible waves on Washington’s Pacific coastline. It is therefore a liable to become clogged up with locals and Seattle day trippers. Yet, on October 21, as offshores groomed a solid 17 second groundswell, only a dozen or so chargers had the nerve to paddle out.

“Yesterday had a great offshore wind standing waves up, and the sets were spaced nicely.” says photographer, Mike Coverdale. “There were only about 10 surfers in the water during my shoot. As I got there local Dane Perlee was finishing up and all I heard that night is that I should have been there for his performance.”

Another stoked witness to Monday’s megaswell tells of his experience in the lineup:

“Monday I got to the beach the waves looked small and no one was out. I got suited up and walked over the sand dune to witness a solid 10 foot swell breaking 100+yards out. Timed the shore break got out easy, the 20 second interval meant the waves where fast and scarce. Paddling out I saw a wave I normally would have paddled over, it was so huge and perfect I just turned and went for it. I took my time dropping in and looking for a place to bottom turn and by the time I did I was steep and deep and going for it. I’ll admit I chickened out and kicked out. Lucky I did, because there where more bigger waves building right behind. Before I knew it I was dead centre of another perfect wave. Went left forever and got out easy again.”

The following day conditions had subsided somewhat, with intermittent sets allowing the crowd to navigate the shorey. The thundering A-Frames had had their moment, lying in wait for the next crimson storm system. 

 

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