The Day of the Decade in Alabama

Jason Lock

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Updated 26d ago

Seems the US has been having all kinds of records over October. The best NJ and New York in 15-years and now, Alabama may have seen its best run of swell in the past decade and maybe one of the best ever sessions for the southeastern state.

Alabama's slim 50 miles of swell exposure is wedged between the worst and one of the best surfing areas on the Gulf Coast. Generally, it's more like the former, except when a Tropical Storm is about to light up that stretch of sand.

Region guide: Gulf Coast

Jacob Pace.

Jacob Pace.

© 2019 - Alex Dantin

“What a weekend we just had,” photographer Alex Dantin relays to MSW. “A week ago today we noticed Tropical Storm Nestor blip on the radar. As the weekend approached, the potential as well as the hype was starting to get real. Our sandbars on Pensacola Beach have pretty much vanished due to Hurricane Michael over a year ago and knew that our backyard was not the call.

“We weighed the options the evening before and all agreed that we needed to go west, to the Heart of Dixie. We struck gold. Alabama kegs. Everyone got so many barrels.

Mel Young, hands high.

Mel Young, hands high.

© 2019 - Alex Dantin

“Hands down the best day of the year on the Gulf Coast and some would argue the best day in ten years. Everyone couldn't believe it as we walked over the dunes at dawn. The fact that it pumped from sun up to sundown was like living in a fantasy.

“It was the biggest and the best I have ever seen Alabama. October 2019 will go down in the history books.  We are all still frothing. Sunday morning was about as dreamy as it gets in our backyard. Some of us were completely burnt but others took advantage and surfed all morning until the winds shifted onshore late Sunday afternoon.”

Swell signature for this session. A pulse inside the panhandle awakened Alabama.

Swell signature for this session. A pulse inside the panhandle awakened Alabama.

© 2019 - Alex Dantin

Johnny Rocket.

Johnny Rocket.

© 2019 - Alex Dantin

© 2019 - Alex Dantin

© 2019 - Alex Dantin