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Blog De Murnut II

Postby murnut » Mon Aug 30, 2010 6:09 pm

Big Surf for NJ last weekend and I had an experience I'll never forget.....Sunday (yesterday)about 730 am...morning glass....outside break about 200 yards offshore...me and about about 10 others noticed a big set to our south, about 50 yards...huge right peeling off and all of a sudden dolphins are jumping out of the curl surfing the wave. We all hooted and hollered but I still turned to the guy next to me to see if he saw what I saw.
About 5 minutes later a big set was coming in right at us. I was in postion so I turned to paddle. Glancing back at the wave as it approached I was awestruck to see two dolphins in the wave surfing it as it approached me...they were not jumping out, but they were in the wave heading right for me. Jittery but undetered I paddled and caught the wave heading backside right....clean 8footer lined up and I was mindful to look around for the dophin...but I did not see them. It was a real nice wave and I had many great rides...but what will stand out to me for years to come were those dolphin.

I have been surfing over 35 years and never saw dolphin surfing in person before. I have seen video's, but the personal up close experience was quite the eye opener.
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Re: Blog De Murnut II

Postby ryguy » Mon Aug 30, 2010 6:16 pm

That's amazing! We were out at York Beach in Maine over the weekend and a couple of surfers went out to catch some of the waves, as they were getting pretty high out there - but nowhere near 8 feet. My girls had plenty of wave for the boogie-boards though. I was just watching them, standing knee deep in the water near the shore - the water at the Maine coast is quite cold. LOL

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Re: Blog De Murnut II

Postby murnut » Mon Aug 30, 2010 6:20 pm

More surf is on the way for this weekend also. Hurricaine Earl . Hopefully my "spaghetti arms" will recover by then.
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Re: Blog De Murnut II

Postby AussieMike » Mon Aug 30, 2010 9:30 pm

Seeing wild dolphins is always a thrill for me, i remember my first time like it happened yesterday, Thanks for sharing Mate
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Postby murnut » Mon Aug 30, 2010 9:36 pm

I've seem dolphins swimming up and down the coast for a long time. Once a little guy jumped out of the water about 20 twenty or so yards away.....but I never saw them surfing before.

It was like they were showing off because they knew we were there surfing
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Re: Blog De Murnut II

Postby WingsofCrystal » Wed Sep 01, 2010 11:47 pm

Mur that is fantastic!

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Postby murnut » Thu Sep 02, 2010 2:05 am

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Re: Blog De Murnut II

Postby murnut » Thu Sep 02, 2010 3:15 am

Epic surf approaches


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Re: Blog De Murnut II

Postby ryguy » Thu Sep 02, 2010 4:12 pm

Get out there Mur - it's now or never. :-)
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Re: Blog De Murnut II

Postby murnut » Thu Sep 02, 2010 4:28 pm

Tomorrow afternoon seems to be best.

The wind will switch west offshore hard and cleanup the monster chop.

Potentially the biggest waves I've ever surfed.

But you never know what it will be like till you get there.

I'm about 100 miles away from the beach currently
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Re: Blog De Murnut II

Postby You Can Call Me Ray » Thu Sep 02, 2010 5:46 pm

murnut wrote:Potentially the biggest waves I've ever surfed.

But you never know what it will be like till you get there.


Just be careful, Andy. And I know I don't have to tell you to buddy-up for the big waves. My story: Back in 1991 I was surfing a hurricane induced swell here in Huntington Beach. Biggest waves I had ever surfed. And the water was a LOT warmer than it is typically around here. So I did not even wear a shorty suit, which would have improved my buoyancy. I went out in shorts. As luck would have it, while duck-diving under a pretty massive wave, my board broke, smacked me in the face, and tumbled me. I was pretty disoriented, and my hand barely broke through the surface as I was running out of air...felt the early stages of passing out. I wasn't buddied-up, and I was outside the massive breaks! I was lucky that I was able to tread for awhile, and a younger kid came by, saw I didn't have a suit on, and so gave me his board and he swam in.

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Re: Blog De Murnut II

Postby murnut » Thu Sep 02, 2010 6:06 pm

Yeah...I have some near misses like that, but I never broke a board, although once while paddling out at Manasquan I got hit by a massive lip and I was shocked my board did not break.

Also, about 5 years ago there was some really big fairly rough surf, but it was breaking really far out....and I never cleared the inside after paddling about 30 minutes....and I came quite close to a jetty. I still don't know how I managed to avoid it. I was alone and no one else was around.

My motto is now..."When in doubt, don't paddle out"
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Re: Blog De Murnut II

Postby rightstuff » Fri Sep 03, 2010 12:43 am

What better reality to uncover than surfing. Way to go Andy. Heading out this weekend with our niece for a lesson. Hoping that we don't encounter anything over 3 ft. Have a great holiday weekend. :D
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Re: Blog De Murnut II

Postby murnut » Fri Sep 03, 2010 1:28 am

That's awesome RS.

I was teaching my sons all summer although the oldest does not really want his old man helping him.

He wants to do it himself
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Re: Blog De Murnut II

Postby longhaircowboy » Fri Sep 03, 2010 9:57 pm

Hey Mir good luck with the big ones. When I lived in NC we always headed for Kill Devil Hills to catch the caners(our slang for waves induced by hurricanes) man that was some awesome surf. Way better than the puny things they call waves here on the left coast of Florida. Man to be back at the Maverics. Enjoy my man.
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