When was the last long period swell event? Over 12 seconds? March? I can't even remember.
The point is: it's been a long time to wait. So when I found out about Gert, I knew I had to take advantage. Although I had to work in Manhattan for the rest of the day, I made it out for the early morning golden light.
I believe the forecast was 4-5ft at 13s. That's pretty good. When I arrived it was dead low tide. Things were a bit disorganized. But conditions would continue to improve.
It took time to get into a rhythm with the waves. A few guys clicked in and were getting rides nonstop. I caught a few bigger sets, but never made a big turn or got barreled.
As I was leaving, Balaram Stack was walking up the boardwalk ramp. It That made it even harder to leave - it would've been a sick opportunity to shoot one of Long Island's best pros.