Medium Onshore wind
Surf conditions at 7.10 a.m. on Wednesday 30th October 2013:
It's okay out there this morning, the wind is light, maybe direct southerly or perhaps there's just a little south east to it? And the swell is still growling in at three to four feet, bigger ones peaking further out and stretching themselves to shore.
It is still a bit bumpy and those tall peaks are hesitating for a moment or two before scuttling left or right but those ones that are ramping over the shallows are turning themselves inside out. They're the ones to go for!
It's dry and still mild, even though the weather guys are calling it to be colder, while the sky is just taking its time to decide whether to brighten up, or not.
So, there are plenty of grinding waves reeling across the bay, some of them unpredictable, others looking pleasant, the weather is looking okay and it is all very quiet, it could just be worth going surfing!
Good to hear the 'Today' programme this morning musing over Andrew Cotton's unbelievable big wave caught at Nazare, Portugal (youtu.be/P3VqaW_HCaQ) .
And there might just be something looming on the horizon for this coming weekend too!
And while thinking of those big waves and Maya Gabeira's too close a call, this is Garret McNamara (G-Mac) 's take on it all:
'Yesterday was a very interesting day in Praia do Norte It was definitely huge with the waves breaking right in front of the rocks.
Maya Gabeira is the toughest water woman I have ever witnessed. She also caught one of the biggest waves of the day. She took the hardest beating I have ever seen by man or woman anywhere in the ocean and made it close to the shore all on her own. What happened after was terrible. It just shows how strong she is and how hard she trained by how well she is doing after going through what happened to her!! Thankfully she will be home from the hospital today.
Preparation is everything!!! For the last 4 years the ZON North Canyon team has been working on perfecting our safety plan. On big days we have back up for the back up. 2 safety drivers in place. A team on the cliff with walkie talkies, a team on the beach with quads and life guard. What happen to Maya yesterday was extremely unfortunate and thanks to God and everyone on the beach, especially the Nazare lifeguard Nuno for bringing her back. After having such a close call yesterday it didnt feel right to keep surfing when there were still surfers out there without back up safety so Andrew Cotton, Hugo Vau and I decided to drive 3 jet skis for safety until everyone went in incase there was another emergency.'
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