Look at the amount of countries the Baltic Sea touches, Sweden, Denmark, Germany and of course, Poland. With a sea that size and coastlines galore, it's only a matter of time until a couple of spots get their day-of-days. And yesterday, Poland went berserk.
Look at this. It's almost Hossegor-esque, like, the right coast of the US (and probably just as cold, water temp's around 4 degrees C right now). “I have to say that was the most consistent barrel day ever,” said photographer Krzysztof Jedrzejak. And while that may be the case, days like this only happen once a year or less. The Baltic's a fickle monster.
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“You have to know that the Baltic is a small and shallow sea with a low salinity level and without access to the ocean.
"This was our third time on that spot and every time it amazes us (we covered the last session too, HERE)
"Yesterday, it was minus degrees and a breathtaking sunrise. Unfortunately, the spot we thought about going to looked rubbish. They started to do some sand works after few strong winter storms totally took the beach. Kuba Kuzia and Krzysiek Sikora joined me and we decided to go east as the forecast looked better and better through the day.
"Before we reached the secret location we got lost walking around through the swamps passing wild pigs in the forest. We were also losing valuable time and pumping waves. Finally, we got there and we couldn't believe what the Baltic was offering up.
"It’s really hard to find good barrels here that has the same peak in every incoming set. But this time we found the place where clean and hollow waves were breaking all the time. Kuba was on fire as he just came back from trips to Portugal and Fuerteventura. He spent like five hours in the water. Even if the waves like these come to Poland once every few years, we feel blessed to have it here. It was like a one day trip to France or Portugal except it’s been just a little bit more chilly."
Breaking this session down, UK forecaster Jamie Bateman said: "Low pressure moved across the western coast of Norway overnight Friday, March 25th deepening to around 985mb as the system moved eastwards over Finland.
"Despite this fairly pacy, west-to-east track, the storm’s cold front took a more southerly route into the Baltic Sea, moving ashore on the Polish coastline by Saturday afternoon. 30kts+ north wind, behind the cold front, set up a 12hr period of modest wind-swell that built overnight Saturday before easing down gradually through the day yesterday.
"High pressure built in quickly behind the passage of the cold front, bringing the important ingredient of light, offshore wind to those breaks best exposed to that swell. Sunday morning saw clean, perfect, shoulder-to-head high surf before the swell faded and the wind switched more cross-shore, ahead of the next cold front moving in from the north."
Cheers to the Baltic and the legends who surf it.