Tuesday, April 15, 2008

New Daytona Beach Surfing Surf Report, Website: DBsurf.org

Daytona Beach Surf

Keeping up-to-the-minute on surf conditions is getting easier every day. If you are interested in surf conditions, tides, surfing news and forecasts in the Daytona Beach area, a new website, DBSurf.org is up and running to provide you with the latest info.

The geographical area covered by DBSurf includes Flagler, Ormond Beach, Daytona Beach, Daytona Beach Shores, Wilbur-By-The-Sea, and Ponce Inlet.
DBSurf offers:

Kudos to the site designer, Munz, who made a site that is useful, easy to navigate, and is easy on the eye.

Best wishes for total success to DBSurf.org!


Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Surfing Venice, Florida

Here's a a short video I made down in Venice, FL during a recent cold front swell. Nice little waves (and a few big ones) and lots of longboarders enjoying them. Enjoy.

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Monday, December 17, 2007

Surf's Up on the Gulf Coast

Wow! We just had a major cold front come through, bringing with it a tornado and a pretty nice swell in the Gulf. I took a drive down to Venice today and scored some decent video of some nice surfing. The longboarders were out in force and were really the only ones catching any waves.

I did get a chance to check out stand-up paddle surfing. It's pretty cool. How is it different from regular surfing? Well, the board is typically very long--maybe 10 to 12 feet, and is thicker and much wider than a regular longboard to provide better flotation and stability--so you can balance better. AND, instead of laying down and paddling with your hands, you actually stand up and paddle with a paddle similar to a canoe paddle (only longer and with a different design). Below is a video capture picture of a stand-up paddle surfer in action.

After I used up the battery in my camcorder, I drove down to the Venice Fishing Pier to gather some info for an article I'm working on for the VISITFLORIDA.com site. As usual, I ended up hanging out on the beach longer than I'd intended and found myself looking at a beautiful sunset. So here's a little photo of the sun setting behind the pier. Nice, eh?
Venice Beach Fishing Pier Florida Sunset

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Saturday, September 01, 2007

St. Andrews State Park Beaches on the Web!

Ok, I finally got the photos and video from my trip to Panama City Beach at St. Andrews State Park up on Beachhunter.net.

There is a slide show of a selection of my photos, a 6 minute video showing some surfing, snorkeling, , jetty fishing, swimmers, and the beach crowd. The water is clear and beautiful and you get a good view of the beach, the dunes, the jetty, and the water.

Soon I'll have more video and photos of other panhandle beaches.

Let me know what you think!

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Dolphin Goes Surfing

This morning I was filming the surfers at Blind Pass between St. Pete Beach and Treasure Island and caught a dolphin jumping out of the water behind a surfer. Watch the YouTube video to see it. The video is only about 2 minutes long and the dolphin jumps early in the video. It was so cool.

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Weird Spring Weather in Florida

We've got an odd mix of weather going on in Florida now. On the west coast we have a cool northerly breeze, keeping the beach feeling like upper 70's, and off and on haze from the forest fires burning in Georgia and Northern Florida. In some parts of the state the smoke from the fires is thick and heavy, reminiscent of the big fires back in 1998. The Atlantic coast has been absolutely pounded by huge surf from a storm off the northeast coast. Major beach erosion has taken place on the Atlantic beaches.

On a brighter note, the Atlantic coast, particularly the Miami area has seen some of the most fantastic surfing opportunities ever.

Spring often brings windy tumultuous weather to Florida. It can be very unpredictable. But that just gets us prepared for the equally unpredictable hurricane season.

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