Part 1 of our Hurricane Bertha coverage is the perfect example of overeager surfers jumping to conclusions about a swell — only, in this instance, we were the overeager ones downplaying what, after the first 36 hours of surf from Hurricane Bertha, looked to be "not so big but plenty fun." Maybe in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and Southern North Carolina, at least from he leading edge of Bertha's ESE/SE energy. Once photos from the Tar Heel State's more hidden nooks and crannies, along with New Jersey, New York, and New England, started flooding in, we realized we'd stifled Bertha's potential a little too early.
Sure, nowhere on the East Coast got more than a foot or two overhead over the last few days. And yes, Bertha's energy was mostly short-lived, giving East Coasters about 48 hours to revel in her joys. But the surf was 1) clean with mostly offshore winds at some point for nearly everyone on the coast, 2) warmer than usual, with surfers as far north as Rhode Island trunking it, 3) crowded, but not as crowded as you'd expect a mid-summer hurricane swell to be (with some exceptions of course), and 4) about as good as it gets when it comes to medium-sized, medium-period swell on the East Coast. So we're happy to amend the title of Part 2 to "Kinda Big & Plenty Perfect." No need to denigrate our gal Bertha when she delivered the most user-friendly, satisfying swell in some time.