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DelMarVa - November 3-5, 2007
"Riding Noël - Early Christmas? Late Hurricane!"
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Saturday, November 3, 2007- afternoon
Assateague Island Federal Seashore, Ocean City/MD
Overcast. Air was in the 50s, water in the low to mid-60s, steady offshore winds. 3/2 suit, .5 mil socks and gloves.
Averaging in the 8 to 10 foot range
Did not matter
Neal Carver and myself; one other person episodically; others scattered about and cluster north of the main parking lot.

The Forecast on Friday for Saturday
"In DMV, wind shift looks to happen during the day Saturday with some cleaning up happening. Offshores/crosshores (NNW going NW) by mid to late afternoon. However, ENE surf will be very large and unmanageable on some breaks. Strong drift. Broken board and body territory. Teague is a tough paddle out in these conditions. High tide may help getting out. I hope someone gets some big waves, big pics, and no big hospital bills... ."

I think to myself, "These are the days we live AND die for. Enjoy. Hopefully no casket bills <wink>. Punching through on Sat is no guarantee, attempting to punch through is. Carry on..."

Saturday: Noël Has Us Singing!

Neal on Sat, "Rod and I paddled out at 3:00pm on Saturday. The wind had just switched. Consistent 6-8 foot with several 8-10 cleaners. A bit hairy considering it was my first wetsuit debut of the season."

Rod, replying to Neal, "It was good to hit the surf again this past Saturday. The small waves were at least double the size of Sunday morning's photos (see below). Neal's wave size estimating is becoming a reflection of his political beliefs... conservative.

When we arrived to the main federal parking lot on mid-Saturday afternoon, we checked the swell breakers, north and south, sizing up the situation. We witnessed a couple of bombs in the 12'+ size roll through perfectly.
I looked at Neal and commented, "Enough of this looking, time for some shaking!" Now it was only a matter of waxing down the boards and squeezing the wetsuits on.

The waves were a conservative 8' with no breakers in the head high or less zone except for the shore break. We scratched over a couple of waves that were 10'+ because I saw at least two Neal lengths as he scurried up one wave face. Although I only caught a couple this afternoon, a right and a left, plus the paddle-in wave as the sun disappeared over the horizon, it was all good. After all, this isn't about trying to achieve a 20-wave count during an hour of 2' slop. Pure fun and stoke to be out in some big, moving water again.

Walking back up the beach towards the parking lot was all smiles and frozen fingers. The wind was blowing hard, the sky becoming dark and the temperature plummeting. We must have walked from somewhere south of the south lot before it was all said and done."

Post Surf Grinds. We met up with Doug "Bisquito Grande" Norris in the hotel parking lot. He did his job well and popped open some cold brews. After a quick shower we headed over to Tequila Mockingbird for some dinner, margaritas, and story telling.

Joel Tice in a kegger. Look at the bowl!

Posted by Mr. SwellInfo.com.
(Note: Click on pics for larger views.)


The Two Pictures Below Are From the Outer Banks, But
Sure Look Like Noel's MD Southern Barrier Island Waves from Sat Afternoon

"My Right"


"My Left"

Photo Credit: Kingsbury/SurfKDH

Large Left Maryland Perfection

46th Street, OC/Md - First shot of the huge left tube sequence. Detailed close-up of Drex Harrington in the sweet spot.
by MDSurfer, on SwellInfo.


Sampling of Noël on the DelMarVa - Sat, Nov 3, 2007 - Afternoon
Photos by Shawn (SurfingOC.com)
(click on pic for larger version, click on description for original)

For Every Great Ride... There Could Be an Even Greater Penalty


Wipe Out - The Jump

Red bodyboarder



Bodyboarder About to Get Worked

TommyH

Professional versions of Shawn's photographs are available for purchase.
Contact: shawn@surfingoc.com

Photos by Jeff Russo
(click on pic for larger version, click on description for original)

For Every Great Ride... There Could Be an Even Greater Penalty


What's Not to Like? Wanna Go Left or Right?


I Like It Right

I Like It Left


Bodyboarder on a Nice Saturday Afternoon Left
Above photographs courtesy of Jeff Russo.


Some Photos by Dan Edelstein - Sat, Nov 3, 2007 - Afternoon
These waves are near where we surfed but appear to be breaking in closer to shore and a few feet smaller.

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Sunday, November 4, 2007- Morning
Assateague Island Federal Seashore, Far South Lot
Sunny. Air was in the upper 50s, water in the low to mid-60s, steady offshore winds. 3/2 suit, .5 mil socks and gloves.
NE and Easterly averaging in the 3 to 6 foot range
Did not matter
Neal Carver, Doug Norris, Mike McDowell and myself plus about 10 others from the Annapolis Surf Club. Swarms of people at the north lot area and everywhere else for that matter.


Sunday morning proved to be another fun session with some punchy, spitting lefts and rights, and big enough to satisfy. It looked like everyone present enjoyed the surf and good weather. "Stomach to head high super clean, super fun" sounds pretty accurate by me. Others thought maybe it was a tad larger, "It was definitely OH on occasional sets Sunday. Consistent 4-6 feet waves. With some 7-8 foot lines coming in." Glassy and fun, especially when you could nail the rights. Big contingent of ASCers out there... Neal, Doug Norris, Mike McD, and myself; saw Moos, Giles, Roy, Bill, Gary Lay, and two new guys, Beaker, and Jack.

After three good hours I caught one in and watched from the beach for a short while as the surf subsided and started to section and crumble. We realized how starved we were and headed over the W. Ocean City Bull on the Beach for some "man food." My three partners then decided to catch some small surf in OC.

Some Photos by Bill Coffin - Sun, Nov 4, 2007 - Morning
Stomach to head-high and breaking on the main sandbar. For some reason these waves don't look much smaller than the day before, but believe me, they were about half the size!






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Sunday, November 4, 2007- Afternoon
30th St., Ocean City/MD
Sunny. Air was in the upper-50s, water in the low to mid-60s, blowing northerly sideshore winds.
Easterly averaging in the 2 to 4 foot range, crumbly and sectioning
Did not matter
Neal Carver, Doug Norris, Mike McDowell. I took some pictures from my beach chair.

Neal reports fun with the ASC crew in the morning before he and Doug had a mercy session up in OC after lunch. The lack of good sandbars made for some punishing drops. We convinced Mikey to spend the evening with us and crash on the hotel room's floor between a couple of board bags and a spare pillow. It was a blast working through Doug's well-stocked refrigerator and making a return visit to Tequila Mockingbird for some step-up margaritas and dinner.

Noel's Sweet Leftovers on Sunday Afternoon
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Photos by: rodNDtube. Print quality digital files available upon request.

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Monday, November 5, 2007- Morning
Assateague Island Federal Seashore, Ocean City/MD
Overcast. Air was in the mid-50s, water in the low to mid-60s, mixed sideshore winds.
ESE averaging in the 1 to 3 foot range, crumbly and sectioning
Did not matter
Neal Carver, Doug Norris, Mike McDowell. The sun and waves were not favorable for pictures from my beach chair.

Neal reports, "This morning back at 'Teague saw the little ESE swell but it seemed a bit lifeless (like my arms)."


3-Day Conditions Summary
AINS/OC
Waves (ft)
Secs
Wind Air Sea
Nov 3rd 8 to 16
(8 to 10+)
11 to 12
10-20 offshore, gusting to 30+
clean faces and surface, wind a factor in catching waves
low-50s
PC to Sunny
64
Nov 4th am
5 to 8
(3 to 6)
11
light offshores
clean faces and surface, easy to catch
upper-50s
Sunny
63
Nov 4th pm 4 to 5
(2 to 4)
11
light, going side shore
chopping up surface making waves section, crumble
upper-50s
Sunny
63
Nov 5th am 3 to 4
(1 to 3)
10 to 11
side shores
chopping up surface making waves section, crumble
mid-50s
Sunny
63
Source: Delaware Buoy, WeatherUnderground for Ocean City and my wave size estimates in parenthesis.


Warning!!! Off Topic Trash Talking Section Below.








Some talk trash when you don't join them on long hikes to the shore to surf 2' punchless mush.
Where are they when it starts macking???





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