SHEET glass peaks thundered "welcome to winter", at the Pacific North West big wave boys for the first time this year.
Locals Keith Galbraith, George Desoto and Steve Harnick who have spent the last four years paddling here were joined by Shawn Thordarson and XXL nominee, Eric Akiskalian who's been surfing the PNW area for the past eight years.
"It was the first (PNW) Pacific Northwest big-wave swell of the 2011/2012 season and just like clockwork September through down a hefty groundswell." Said Eric "The swell was big enough to pull down the guns from the rafters and there were even a few small but fun size tow-ins for a good warm up session. September has traditionally been a month to remember with great waves and this swell held up to it expectations and past years of promise."
If you're the superstitious type and believe in omens then this must be a harbinger of a classic winter season, alternatively glance through these images and then check out the forecast and see there are several 15-20ft swells lined up over the coming 10 days.
Winter up here doesn't go flat, there's surf nearly every day and massive surf on a regular basis thanks to the hyperactive NPAC storm systems.
"The day was as epic as it could be for a fall season opener with a solid building NW swell of 12 to 15ft @ 18 sec. The surface conditions were calm and the skies were clear."
Typically during the summer you see a large blocking high in the centre of the North Pacific, as autumn kicks in this high weakens and retreats allowing storm systems to bring down that Aleutian Island juice.