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MINI FEAST

  • subtitle: Thanksgiving Weekend Swell Provides Just Enough Oomph To Get East Coasters Moving

Written by  Nick McGregor
Tuesday, 11/27/12

You’re overdosed on tryptophan. Mom’s stuffing feels like a lead weight in the bottom of your stomach. That third piece of pumpkin pie is coming back to haunt your gastrointestinal system. And those afternoon beers before Thanksgiving dinner have put a stranglehold on your cranium. Everyone knows the holiday feeling: too much to eat, too much to drink. Too much to say, too much to think. And nothing to do but sleep it off over a 12-pack of football.

But if you’re a surfer, you know the flip side of this conundrum: wake up on Black Friday, laugh at the news coverage of soccer moms getting into early-morning fistfights over electronic toys, rock down to the beach to check the waves, disregard the armchair quarterbacks debating last night’s game plan, and find your local homebreak looking pretty darn fun. The late-autumn sun is glinting oh-so-perfectly through the trees, the winds are light thanks to a seasonal high-pressure lingering upcoast, and the air temp is coldly invigorating. Once you hit the water, that turkey-and-mashed-potato gut bomb washes itself right away, and after schwack number #97 and barrel #12, you’re left feeling like a brand-new person, ready to meet the coming holiday crush head on.

Surfers up and down the Eastern Seaboard enjoyed such a scenario this past weekend, when fun mixed-direction swell filtered into all corners of our fair coastline. It never got huge, and it certainly never got epic. But Reef Road was doing its aquamarine thing, Cape Hatteras was heave-hoing with the force of 100 elves, the Jersey Shore was puntable and fun, and even the Canadian Maritimes pulled in a frigid little log wave after the first big sub-zero sleepover of the season. Meanwhile, every beach in between saw some sort of aquatic action, giving East Coasters plenty of reasons to give thanks at the end of this otherwise trying month. And guess what? There’s another pretty little storm a’brewing later this week…

   
 
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