Wednesday, December 5, 2007

San Diego Surf December 5th 2007

La Jolla Cove - December 5th - 12:00 pm

San Diego was pounded with heavy surf today, actually most of the Pacific Ocean was hit with this enormous swell. Here are some photos I shot at around 12:30pm Wednesday December 5th, 2007 at La Jolla Cove looking north west. Although not the largest surf to hit the county (we had a much larger swell around 3 years ago) people are referring to this as Big Wednesday...people whom apparently have never been to Hawaii...but anyway...big waves =)

Figure those boards are about 9 feet long, making that wave face about 15 - 20 feet!

This guy had a tiny little 6 ft. short board out there. In larger surf like this, you need a much larger board to handle the bumps and the speed...this is generally what happens when you bring too little board with you.

A gigantic set rolled in and caught most of the pack sleeping inside. If you don't surf, picture this as the moment when you realize you're about to get run over by a freight train...twice.

A-frames off La Jolla cove, a rare but beautiful sight.

Cheesy photo, I know...but still...pelicans are cool.

La Jolla cove packed with people. There were even some geniuses scampering around on the rocks below.

While not the largest surf ever seen in San Diego, by any means, any time the waves break at the cove, it generally becomes a media spectacle.

This is generally the last thing a surfer sees before he hates himself for ever thinking it would be fun to surf in waves twice his height. This is a wall of white water about 15 feet high, he has to attempt to get under that wall, with his board...or ditch his board and swim to the bottom...both of which will result in what equates to throwing yourself in a washing machine....times like 10000.

More surfers getting caught inside...hahaha suckers.





If you can't see it, that's a surfboard in the middle of the shot, at the lip of the wave...making this wave the world's largest coffin. (Click on this photo for a high rez. version to see just how big it actually is)




Positioning themselves for either A) an escape to safety B) the best take off spot or C) an early death...

Looking west from the point at La Jolla Cove.

This is one of the nicest waves I have ever seen in San Diego, and no one was riding it! I died a little inside seeing this. Probably a 12 foot, perfect peeling wave...that is until it closes out and there's nothing but La Jolla cove rocks in front of you.

I love San Diego... =)

-David

26 comments:

titledude said...

Great pictures.

Anonymous said...

Nice commentary! Having been in the washing machine and smacked by a few freight trains...I concur.
Wooo Hooo Surf's Up!!

mlgs said...

AWESOME PHOTO'S, FRAMING, POSITIONING, COMMENTARY, AND ALL.

Anonymous said...

Nice Photos!! Thanks for Posting them!

bbbbbbk said...

awesome dude...nice work

azwales said...

Nice shots man. Sam loved them... TJ too. Kool stuff. That was definitely more cruel than he full and empty / before after beer glass pics. Payback is coming....... JW

Anonymous2 said...

Great pics & loved the commentaries!

James Moore said...

It's breakfast time - saw these pictures and I'm now hungry for the Coast Toast at the Brockton Villa (it's right across the street from where some of these were taken). Unfortunately, I'm in Seattle...

Lippy! said...

Nice pics. Keep it up! ;)

rossoneri said...

awesome man!!!

lujones said...

Super shots and funny commentary. Thanks for posting. Loving San Diego.

G said...

Man, these pics gave me that sick, sinking feeling in my stomach when I realize that I'm caught inside on too big a day... Hey man, I know my limits.

Anonymous said...

re: the nicest wave you've ever seen in san diego.

right...someone please go right at la jolla cove. i would love to see the before and after pics of that hero.

Anonymous said...

I drove through La Jolla on Wednesday morning and saw lots of beautiful bigguns.
I ended up surfing PB Point that afternoon, and did a 15-foot face-plant into the trough on my first wave. Some fast, long rides after that.
Love the pic of the pelican. Beautiful!
-=lance

Anonymous said...

These pics made me jelious. I went out on Wednesday at Leo Carrillo. Surf was about 10+. Iv'e never surfed 20 foot waves before and I could have had I gone to SD. Damn. Oh, well. To my benifiet where I went there where only 3 other guys out while at El Porto there were like a thousand. Yaeayyy me!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for these pictures and for the memories. I was so amped when that swell hit and as really bad surfer / body boarder I was sad I couldn't be a part of the action. So sad in fact that I decided to paddle out anyway at Black's and almost died. But damn it was fun and scary.

deeznutz said...

Hey thanks for the pictures...I just moved to Portland and have to surf through photos now. I know there is surf here to (on the coast) but it's freaking cold. Anyway thanks again. I love San
Diego

Anonymous said...

make them all re sizable !

excellent pics

Geo_arch said...

Nice shots! ...the third from last pic (view towards what normally is north BOOMER BEACH left break)..... is awesome!

Anonymous said...

Sweet pictures man!! There was surf from about Saturday the 1st on and by Big Wednesday, it was practically outta hand...too many people and cars on the reefs bra, and oh yeah, the beach breaks were just insane to go out in...at least i surfed the Jetty Thursday on my 5'3" and got see 6 guys and a mag photog guy in Mission Bay Channel on Wed! SWEET!

s said...

Hi!!
Happened to see your site while surfing.Fab shots and more than that so enjoyed reading your comments. they sort of embodied the pictures and i felt as if i was there.So just wanted to says thanks. take care
S

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david said...

Great pictures, depict the San Diego surfing at its best. While in San Diego, surfing is the one activity that never lets me look for other means of thrilling entertainment.

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