with both rights and lefts.
Down at the Cliffs, it was even bigger as the outside reef Box
Cars started to break. There were some 10-footers, but that shore
break inside was looking pretty difficult to get through, super
consistent with lots of drifting and pounding and a lot of close-outs
down at the north end.
Santa Cruz at the Lane was double-overhead-plus, and farther up
the coast, Mavericks hit 20- to 35-feet-plus, as the swell came
rolling down the coast. I'm sure that Todos Santos, the island off
Mexico, was booming with big-time surf too.
But the big story was closer to home, that sea mount pinnacle 100
miles straight out of Huntington -- the Cortez Bank, which has been
the talk of the big wave boys and photographers. Former Huntington
surfer Brad Gerlach, runner up to the world title a few years back,
and big wave extraordinaire Mike Parsons, were rumored to be heading
out by boat in search of some giant, 40- to 60-foot-plus monster surf
Those wide open ocean swells hit big time out there and produce
some of the largest waves in the world. Somebody might just ride an
80- or 100-footer this year -- that's huge! Locals Ryan and Timmy
Turner, known for their hardcore Indo trips, were heading out there
too, so we'll have to try to get the scoop on that big wave attack.
Over in Hawaii, they called off "the Eddie" on this swell, but
everyone chasing the XXL biggest wave awards were seen headed to the
outer reef, Jaws, to do some big time tow-ins in some macking surf.
Last year, Hawaiian Makua Rothman won the award with a huge wave
measured at 66 feet at Jaws. That's bigger than the Huntington Beach
Lifeguard Tower on the pier, plus the antenna.
Rothman also said he never looks back and concentrates on making
it. It would be pretty scary seeing a giant wall of water chasing
after you. Hopefully you make it in a life or death situation like
that, or be ready to take a severe beating by the wave's sheer power.
The United States Surfing Federation held its Topanga event in
some good 2- to 4-foot peeling rights off the point last Saturday and
Sunday. In the seniors division, Mike Flister made another final,
getting one of the longest waves of the contest, all the way across,
slashin' and bashin' to place second. Also getting some nice waves
was local Jeff Combs, who placed third overall.
That last storm that hit our local mountains had a lot of rain in
it, melting down snow and causing some road closures and mud slides
as well. They did get a few inches of snow when it got colder,
though. Local resorts are seeing about 1- to 2 1/2 base depths, with
machine-groomed hard pack surface.
Farther away, Mammoth Mountain is faring better, with an
incredible 10- to 12-foot base and tons of powder when the storm was
That's it for now, see ya.
* RICK FIGNETTI is an eight-time West Coast champion, has
announced the U.S. Open of Surfing the last nine years and has been
the KROQ-FM surfologist for the last 17 years, doing morning surf
reports. He owns a surf shop on Main Street. You can reach him at