Those classic first days of spring. Water a touch too frigid, but transitioning to no booties territory anyway. And usually, the season comes accompanied with the remnants of winter pulses, especially for the east coast of the US. Case in point, Monday just gone, swell unloaded onto those hallowed shores unleashing throaty chocolate barrels and hardly anyone around to take advantage.
And April in general has certainly delivered for New Jersey: “Gotta love this time of year with so much daylight, lots can happen quick in a day when it comes to the weather and conditions,” says lensman Shawn Casey aka Yewwville.
Spot guide: New Jersey
“Leading up to the main swell a few weeks back, we had a few really fun and perfect days to kick off the month. Some surprise size and barrels the first day, with surreal glassy leftovers the next. Lineups were pretty empty I think that one caught people off guard. Classic spring pop-ups.”
“Pretty much all of New Jersey was on fire for the big/good day, last week. Vibes in the water were amazing with warm sunshine and great water clarity and uncrowded lineups. The shape was good everywhere so crowds stayed thin.
“So far this is pretty typical for April which has always been a favourite cold water surfing month of mine. Spring is always beautiful and conditions in the ocean are no exception.
“Standouts were the usual suspects Conor Willem who claimed his best waves of the season. Randal Townsed was going off as per usual and getting his time in before the warmer flatter days ahead. Pete Matchoka was ripping as always and smiling ear to ear with some proper lefts in the water finally after a winter full of weird rights." And you can't really ask for much more than that for the start of spring.