For most people, travel's still on the 'probably not' list right now. Are you missing it, though? For that hardy crew on the States' east coast, that's going to be a tricky question to answer. As this swell from the delightful Hurricane Paulette attests, there's no place quite like home.
Swell from Paulette arrived from the SW and peaked at the 9ft@14secs mark on the Long Island buoy. And that's not something to turn your beak up at.
“When Paulette started coming into our swell window, everyone was curious to see how much swell we would be getting,” says east coast frother Rob Kelly. “The storm was massive but it was still really far out to sea. .
“Right at sunrise swell lines started pulsing through and didn’t stop for two full days. Because the storm was so far out to sea all the wind that usually comes with a tropical storm stayed offshore and we saw glassy or light side/offshore winds the entire swell.
“I started my hurricane road trip with a really fun session in Jersey and then followed the swell up to New York along with much of the east coast. With international traveling still difficult to pull off a lot of pros from the west coast, Florida, and Hawaii took advantage of the good forecast and made their way to New York.
“It was cool to see everyone up in the north east getting good waves. After scoring this swell and seeing all the storms lined up behind this one a lot of the boys decided to extend their tickets. Looks like it’s shaping up to be a great rest of the month in the entire Atlantic Ocean and if Paulette was any indication of things to come, we are pumped.”
Photographer Brian Shannon was in Long Island. “Monday night into Tuesday morning was definitely the height of the swell,” he says. “It’s crazy to see how quick the surf scene has evolved in New York over the past ten years. Hopefully this last swell is a sign of a successful fall season.”
“Leading up to Paulette we knew this would be a mid-longer period swell event so the beachbreaks would most likely be hit or miss, possibly closing out,” lensman Clark Leonard relays to MSW, while poising to shoot in New England.
“But we knew that meant the reefs, slabs, and rocky zones would light up. The contrast from one spot to another with this swell was pretty crazy. We checked the favourite beachie and it was nearly flat, headed up the coast 20 minutes and it was firing well overhead outer reef barrels.
“The SE swell was oddly selective, after our multiple day run of swell I talked with friends who didn’t see or ride a wave much above head high. Even though Paulette ended up being a tough swell to truly score I think everyone was happy to just get some solid punchy surf and with more on the way peak season is looking epic for everyone on the East Coast.”