Gaston was a piece of crap.
There, I said it. The first hyped hurricane of the east coast season was a complete dud, with waves rarely surpassing chest high and almost always plagued by bad winds. East coasters were happy to surf something over waist high, but the hurricane hopes were high, and the waves did not provide.
Many surfers were happy to say goodbye to Gaston and welcomed the idea of a newer, closer, potentially dangerous swell with open arms. Enter Hermine, a hurricane-turned-tropical storm that originally took residence in the Gulf of Mexico before redirecting its course directly over Florida and riding the Atlantic coastline all the way to New Jersey.
Throughout its coastal assault, Hermine brought brief moments of greatness. Florida’s Gulf coast saw a window of great waves, with surfers like Sterling Spencer taking advantage and finding a few tubes. Both South and North Carolina also saw a couple hours of fun surf, with Garden City Beach, SC local Cam Richards claiming it was the best he’d ever seen his homebreak. A couple hundred miles north, Brett Barley and friends found a couple tubes before the wind went sideways again. New York had some moments Sunday morning, and today’s conditions, well, you can see for yourself in the opening Outer Banks shot.
Meanwhile, Hermine has also created a world of trouble for many east coasters. Two people along the Atlantic seaboard have been reported dead, while hundreds are without power. There has been severe flooding in most regions south of Virginia, especially in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Following a decent session somewhere in Hatteras, Brett Barley was forced to save his cousin’s bay-side abode, which was at risk of being blown away, and subsequently rode a SUP down the driveway. Hermine has created some interesting times, to be sure.
While better than Gaston, wave-wise, Hermine was really just another mediocre tropical storm. The trouble she caused wasn’t outweighed by the waves she produced, and therefore the whole thing was fairly pointless.
Unless you’re one of the few who got a good barrel. Always worth it in that case. –Michael Ciaramella