Today may have been the roughest surf I've seen in OB since Hurricane Ike passed by a couple of summers ago. The waves and surf was much worse when Ike passed by. It was so rough during Ike's passage that no one dared get in the water.
no doubt there is a difference between today's good surf and what we refer to as "victory at sea" conditions. The waves today were moderately clean for the gulf/having a tropical storm right off the coast. In the atlantic we have storms generally further out that produce nice ground swell that travels over open ocean for awhile and produces waves with cleaner faces.
this=good Image: http://www.supthemag.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/bvi_1110_0708.jpg
victory at sea=shit/dangerous Image: http://danielpeterjackson.com/posts/wp-content/uploads/2007/05/surf_0416.jpg
like trying to paddle in a washing machine. Obviously the closer the storm is to shore/the stronger the storm, the messier it gets. With the gulf, you generally have a very small window between the swell first getting to the beach and the conditions then going to shite. I remember in 08 I drove to Panama for Gustav (I think) and people were literally just sitting on the beach waiting for the swell to arrive. It was like flipping a switch...went from 6 inch waves to 5-6 feet in about 15 mins. That's the gulf for you.
This post was edited on 6/24 at 11:11 pm