Watch: “Am I Actually Gonna Ride A 7’0…In New Jersey?”
East coast’s best tackle NJ’s biggest swell of the 21st century.
Rob Kelly, who before this swell held the title for the biggest tube in New Jersey history and loves east coast surf enough to don boardshorts in a blizzard, said Monday delivered the best waves he’s ever seen in his home state.
That’s not to say it was easy. With obnoxiously offshore gusts, a retreating tide and shifty 15 to 20-foot faces, New Jersey’s most regular barrel hunter unironically compared his local beach break to Puerto Escondido. According to Surfline, the swell peaked at 20 feet @ 18 seconds on the Delaware Bay buoy early Monday morning, the biggest readings it has recorded since 1992.
“It was your normal New Jersey swell day, with rips sucking up and looking good from the beach but hard to get into — except it was 15-20 feet,” Rob said. “I want to say I saw a 25-foot face.”
Another contingent of east coasters headed to a mythical break further north. Balaram Stack, Sam Hammer and Mike Gleason were in attendance (Bal even wrangled Tosh Tudor into the cold again). Word is they’re holding onto footage for an edit.
Surprisingly, this once-in-three-decade swell was underhyped, according to Rob. No weather warnings on the local news. No tropical cyclone nor howling nor’easters. Just a solid low-pressure slamming into Garden State sandbars. Because it was so big and wild, there were more wipeouts than spit-takes, though Owen Moss (riding a 6’10), Robbie Goodwin, and Ryan Huckabee made a few gems (see above).
Mr. Kelly rode a 6’2 after his 6’4 “exploded into pieces” on a lefthand close-out. Despite the size, he couldn’t bring himself to ride the 7’0 in his car (“Am I really gonna ride a 7’0 in New Jersey?”). So when Rob’s wave of the day came through, he had to find the chipshot.
“I knew it wasn’t gonna let me out. But at my age, there’s a good chance that’s the biggest wave I’ll ever catch in my life in New Jersey,” Rob said. “So I had to go.”
How Much Credit Does The WSL Deserve For The Female Progression In Hawaii?
Reflecting on a monumental winter of women's surfing with Keala Kennelly, Jon Pyzel, Coco Ho,…
It’s Surfboard Sponsorship Bingo On The 2024 CT
Who rode who in Hawaii, and what's it mean for the rest of the year?
7 BTS Full Frames From ‘Motel Hell’
"He got flogged on the takeoff and pushed into a underwater cave for a long…
This Week, 272 Surfers Will Battle Through 20 Rounds For 18 Remaining Olympic Spots
Your 2024 ISA World Games preview.
With Two Events Down, What Story Is The CT Leaderboard Telling us?
We plugged past and present Pros, and an official surfing odds setter, for their post-Hawaii…
John Florence Would Have Submitted A Different Pyzel For Stab In The Dark?
Plus, Jon Pyzel reflects on his Episode 03 cameo and predicts our 2024 SITD champ.
A Rare Glimpse Of Caity Simmers And Jordy Smith In The Same Freesurf Edit
Watch the #2 and #4 ranked CT surfers share an Indonesian playground with some Stab…
“The Grom’s In Her Place” — Molly Picklum And Jack Robinson Win 2024 Hurley Pro Sunset
A clean sweep for Australia's gen Z!
Why Did Sawyer Lindblad Get A Paddling Interference Today At Sunset, If Jack Robbo Didn’t In 2019?
A critical analysis of WSL judging past and present.
Brisa Hennessy Has The Best Sunset Rizz, Caity + BLSJ Sample New Sticks
Day three recap of the Hurley Pro.
Stab In The Dark With Kolohe Andino, Episode 3
Five boards face off for two Finals spots and Jon Pyzel infiltrates the set to…
Can We Reverse Engineer The 100-Foot Wave?
We calculated the buoy reading for the surf to reach triple digits.
Stab High Site + World Surfing Reserve Playa Hermosa Is Under Threat
What’s happening in Costa Rica?
Brazil + San Clemente Crumble, Florence Puts The Mandoline To Work
Ewing, Slater and Medina sliced on day two of the Hurley Pro @ Sunset.
Soupy Sunset Skewers Three Wildcards, Jordy Smith Nicks Top Score Donning A Single Bootie
Day one recap of the Hurley Pro.