Surf Report…Not a Chance.

Approaching the beach. Photo by Jim MacLaren

Approaching the beach. Photo by Jim MacLaren

There are millions of surf reports out there on the web. Most have the standard fare…tides. Waves. Pictures of waves.

16streets.com has a surf report that is not in any form a surf report. It is not updated daily so if you are looking to get a jump on the crowd or to find the best spot around then you might as well forget it.

So what is the point then you ask?

The report is actually a report about Cocoa Beach. The residents. Life and discoveries. The glue between the journey is a stretch of sand and some waves.

The report is created by local surfer, Jim MacLaren. Jim seems to understand that even the most mundane and minute moments can paint a huge picture.

Jessie heads out. Photo by MacLaren.

Jesse heads out. Photo by MacLaren.

So this is a snippet of the report featuring our local surfette, Jesse. Jesse Restivo is a very accomplished longboarder and is featured heavily in the posts.

Jessie is greeted by the approaching storm. Photo by James MacLaren

Jesse is greeted by the approaching storm. Photo by James MacLaren

On this day, Jesse paddles out and is greeted by a thunderstorm and then water spouts. Crazy you may say but hardly…because we as surfers see nature in all of its glory on a frequent basis. Some days are sunny and seemingly void of excitement yet it is there under the surface.

Summer storms keep popping! Photo by James MacLaren

Summer storms keep popping! Photo by James MacLaren

Jessie rides the nose while the show continues behind her. Photo by MacLaren

Jesse rides the nose while the show continues behind her. Photo by MacLaren

Mayday! Photo by James  MacLaren

Mayday! Photo by James MacLaren

The boats flee but Jessie sticks to her guns! Photo by James MacLaren.

The boats flee but Jesse sticks to her guns! Photo by James MacLaren.

Nature ebbs and flows. Soon the storms subside and Jessie and her local friends continue their day of surfing. Photo by James MacLaren

Nature ebbs and flows. Soon the storms subside and Jesse and her local friends continue their day of surfing. Photo by James MacLaren

Cocoa Beach returns to the grind of summer. Photo by James MacLaren

Cocoa Beach returns to the grind of summer. Photo by James MacLaren

You just have to see it. Or…to let James show you the way!

By the way, you can also check out the forum on 16streets.com. Lots of surf talk without drama.

Stumble It!

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About 1stpeaksteve

Welcome to The Side Wedge! The Side Wedge is a product of the journey through life of Steve Zima. Former professional surfer, a writer, surf coach, and hospitality manager. This is a collection of travel tips, motivation, and stories from my past. Finally, I offer surf coaching through The Side Wedge. Please feel free to contact me with questions if you want to improve your performance today! Thanks for reading!
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