Spent a little bit of time with the camera snaping pictures on Long Boat Key. For the Gulf, this is some serious wave action!
We don't often get waves on the Gulf Coast, and when we do, they don't last long. The storm of the year made some nasty conditions, sunk some boats, and left a few clean, glassy lines behind.
I've been hearing from a lot of concerned folks this year: What happened to The Search? Why aren't you surfing off of glaciers and chasing swells anymore? Well, truth is, this has been a tough year. Maybe the hardest of my short life, and it didn't leave much time for world Search travel. But, the real truth is that nothing can keep The Search down. The Search has always been as much about finding the perfect wave as it is finding beauty in your own back yard. We still managed to pull off some pretty cool Search Missions in 2015, and I honestly didn't have the time to share it. So in a few pictures, here is the 2015 Search.
We actually still made it back to the West Coast a few times...
One final trip to my favorite spot in the whole world, the Outer Banks of American (North Carolina). This was a surgical strike to hit a swell, which unfortunately peaked overnight. I drove through the night and got to the banks at about 7:30, and was greeted by perfect, overhead barrels. ...nothing nearly as epic as Code Orange back in October, but just super perfect, clean, fun waves. ...unfortunately, there was NO ONE in the water! Usually that is AWESOME, but given my respect for this wave, I drove around the spots until I found ONE other guy and we traded waves for about 6 hours.
The Double and I charging the pier on an unusual morning. We couldn't tell if there were waves or not, but on the other side of this fog curtain were some legit 4-5ft rollers. Pretty awesome day by pier standards.
Next Stop: Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz, California. Steamer Lane is recognized as one of the few World Surfing Reserves, which is a rare honor given to a small handful of locations around the world based on consistency, wave quality, and surfing heritage.
::Charlie walks in from work:: "Hey, where are you going with that surfboard and GoPro??" ...that's the red neck equivalent of "hold my beer."
Ocean City, NJ: Code Orange
Jan. 4, 2014
GOOD to EPIC
William Pearce, M.D.