The southern hemisphere storm and swell track was comatose throughout much of August and September 2017. The East Coast of the USA saw weeks of pumping, epic tropical swell, while California and Hawaii watched the live cams and highlights jealously. Swell Affective Disorder (SAD) was deep-rooted. Waveriders walked around slouched over, staring longing at the horizon, hoping for some kind of Ocean energy.
Then everything changed. Neptune flipped a switch and provided two weeks of excellent surf at the end of October. A series of solid southern hemisphere swells comboed with fun NW windswell, good tides and perfect local conditions to produce weeks of fun.
Waveriders quickly became sore, rashed, sandy and thoroughly womped. But most of us would gladly trade a couple months of weak swell for a couple weeks of solid swell and excellent conditions. We chased it hard. Some didn’t need anymore after the first week but sucked the marrow out of it. Everyday, 2-3 times a day. Before first light and after last light.