Are there surfable waves on the East Coast? Brad and I visited Va Beach in an
attempt to discover the truth.
Brad managed to get some nice pictures looking down from the pier. I'm the last
one out in the lineup, studying the waves. Two easy ways to spot me: (1) the guy
with the funny blue board, (2) the guy with no wetsuit.
I don't know how he did it, but Brad got me actually (somewhat) riding a wave.
This is quite impressive when considering how few such opportunities like this I
Paddling out through a nice one.
Waiting for another one.
A nice view of the beach to the north of the pier.
Still waiting. By now I'm shivering uncontrollably and my feet are starting to
I like this shot -- heading down the backside of a breaker as the wind kicks up
the spray and lets it rain down on me -- as if I wasn't cold enough already.
Time to head in and juice up.
Step 1: Stop uncontrollable shivering by drying off.
Step 2: Drain sea water from nose. Step 3: Bring blood flow back to knees and feet.
So, it seems the answer to our question is: Yes, there are surfable waves on the
East Coast (especially when there's a big storm just off shore), but in late
October bring your own board and (especially) wetsuit.
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