|Drawing up on the reef, getting ready for it to go.|
|This spot is about the slash and burn. Even when small, the long period swells wrap and warp.|
|Not a whole lot of size, but plenty of fun.|
|Getting ready for the race track.|
Of course, the best waves were up the coast, with Saturday morning quite impressive. But with little time to surf, there was no time to shoot. Still it was nice to see the need to grab some bigger equipment for the first time in a while. While Saturday was the biggest, the swell seemed to really get defined and organized on Sunday. Barrels were had. And not the inside beachbreak grinder type, but heavy boxed up, don't get hit by that lip tubes. Needless to say, it was fun.
|Some like to use that rail and carve.|
|Some like to bust the fins out and slide.|
|And still others like total release.|
|Its is all fun, but throwing buckets is still what I like to see.|
And all of this, just in time for the holidays. Sure the lineups get a bit more crowded this time of year, but there are more lineups to share when the swell and winds work together. You can tuck yourself well into town and take out the log, or head up the coast an hour and ride your biggest gun. Personally, I like the stretch of coastline about ten miles north of town. You have everything you need up there except good protection from north west winds. But when we get weather like this, you don't need to hide.
|This guy was finding time to bury a few rails.|
|Always a good view of the left at Middles.|
|Finding a few floaty sections along the inside.|
|And the rights at Middles some times line up.|
|Some sections ask for a cut back.|
|Getting ready for the speed section.|
|Small clean ones sneaking through.|
|And the sailing weather has been quite good as well.|
It looks like we might have a few more weeks of this fall like weather on tap before winter takes hold here in Santa Cruz. Make the most of the clean and lined up waves. Victory at sea will be here soon enough. After a fairly weak early November, it has been game on for the holiday season. Nothing huge as of yet, but plenty of fun days with even a few moments of triple over head up the coast a bit. In town it has been fun with just a tiny bit of gnar.
|When this section lights up, it is game on.|
|Making the drop as the inside crew scrambles for the shoulder.|
|Time for a few big cut backs.|
|Or float over the top.|
|Top turn with a bit of power are making a come back.|
|One of the lefts that slipped through.|
|Slow bottom turns can still set you up for the ride.|
|Getting ready to work that section.|
I finally paddled out at the Lane for the first time since May or June. The winds had come up quickly during my surf window, and even the Miles looked pretty ripped. I forgot how much fun this place can be when we have some real swell. And how the bodies drop off the point like they are popping from a pez dispenser. I would not doubt it average one every two minutes while I was out there. But damn, the right wave out there is pretty damned fun.
|Even the small days can be fun.|
|This kid was killing it this particular day. He knows how to use his rails for sure.|
|And he knows how to complete his turn and set up the ramp. Bravo.|
Happy New Year everyone, and get out there, and have some fun. The waves continue to be quite good and are plenty of fun. It looks like we have a few more weeks of this high pressure and light winds. Go bring in 2012 in style. Get barreled.