We all know that the sand is responsible for helping to shape our favourite beachbreak peaks. But it also shifts with wind and tide - storms can totally rearrange and groom those seabed contours for better or worse. But imagine the sight when a run aground coal barge acted as a makeshift sandbar, delivering a near perfect peak for a wave starved few at Pensacola Beach yesterday.
For a brief moment on the Gulf Coast of Florida, it was a damn welcome vision. A little pulse pushing right up against that stricken barge, creating a mini sandbar and a rippable wave for those in the know. There's only been a few rare moments of brilliance from behind the panhandle over the past few months– recap on The Cyclops HERE.
And, as lensman Alex Dantin relays to MSW: "Thanks to Nate, it seems almost impossible for any kind of a wave to get in here. Until yesterday that is.
“The Saltyhumans crew got word of a coal barge that ran aground at the spot early morning and we wanted to investigate. And to our surprise, the swell had pushed the barge far enough up on the shoal, that it created a mini sandbar with a (somewhat) perfect peak.
“Will Warren and SteveO Clark jumped in after googling how bad it was to swim in coal to snag a few shots. We only managed to get a couple before the Tug and Tow Boat came racing back blaring their horns like crazy at us after inspection of the other four barges outside the channel.
“We saw the U.S.C.G boat coming in hot as well so we got out of there as quick as possible. Ya know, just to avoid the explanation of our passion of surfing and photography. We ended the day back at our home break with all the boys enjoying waves just to themselves and even better, the winds went offshore just before nightfall.”