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Rob Kelly probably wishing he had high-beams

Hurricane Brings Wider-Than-Tall Tubes To New Jersey

You might need a headlamp for these caves.

elsewhere // Nov 15, 2022
Words by Holden Trnka
Reading Time: < 1 minutes

The east coast of America is a mercurial place. Destructive weather patterns march along the coast each year, rearranging cities (and sandbars) with ease. Water temps swing wildly — many regions get significantly warmer and significantly colder than California — and swell forecasts change at a moment’s notice.

It’s not an easy place to be a surfer.

Typically, by November, the impending frigidity of winter has arrived, and any hope of a sunny day of surf disappears into hibernation. And so, when Hurricane Nicole’s swell pattern aligned with a 70-degree day in New Jersey — 21.1 degrees for you Celsius folks — everyone was excited.

Blue skies, black tubes

According to Surfline forecaster Charlie Hutcherson, “This is a hurricane track we’d expect to see during the middle of August or September, not November.”

Regardless, the late-season energy culminated in some very square, very dark righthanders along New Jersey’s sloping coastline.

Click above to watch Rob Kelly, Balaram Stack, and others pitch themselves into some dry-sand caverns.

Stab’s Mikey C even makes a bloody cameo.

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