Gulf Coast – hit or miss Day 2

solid set comes through.

Hitting the road on my first trip of the year across the Florida coast to the West side.  The largest storm this winter is hitting early this week across the coasts, slatted to bring waves to both coasts.  I drove over on Sunday afternoon to get a session in before dark and the swell was already showing pretty strong.  Nokomis, Florida is not exactly a wave magnet compared to the rest of the world but has its moments with a set of Jetties that extend out with Venice to the south.  A little hint of red tide welcomed me but wasn’t enough to keep me out of the water.  Surfed until dark as it wasn’t ready to shoot yet.

The wind blew really hard as many of you experienced across Florida all night.  Waking up this morning to the buoy offshore in the Gulf at 20ft, the largest its been for a couple years.  I linked up with an old friend and ripper Jake to give it a go in the morning.  We checked it at dark and decided to go out at Venice public beach.  Since the winter has been so mild this year the water is actually pleasant and not super cold.  Pretty solid sets were coming through.  Pretty sure we were the only ones out for miles.  I swam out with my flash housing while we both tried to get into position to lineup for a shot.  It was great to get in the water again after having a back injury the last week.  We didn’t get much but had fun out there.  Couple bombs came through, pretty rare size for Venice beach.  After about an hour we headed in as it was too light for the flash. As the wind clocks more NW the waves will change and the spots to surf will change.  Time will tell what the conditions will evolve into!