October Surf

The remnants of Murricane Michael blew by us, and give us rain. Our drought is now fully over. After half-inch monthly rain totals in July and August, September relented and gave us some rains, enough to green the grass and to dampen the earth again. October has stepped up the pace. And now the Michaelrain of 4.45″, which is one of the biggest single rains we’ve gotten in a long time.

Early in the week I was working on the raised walkway at Black Point Beach, walking alongside it dryshod.

Four days later when I went to do more work, there was half a foot of water and kneeboots were required.

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Newly sodden Black Point plains. 

That bit of work done, the dog and I went to inspect the shore.


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Atlantic surf, Black Point Beach, October 2018

As soon as our beach time was over, we called Christine, rendezvoused with her, and headed up-Island to take a look at Squibnocket, where Vineyard surfers often go on the rare days when waves are right.

The parking lot was full. Out in the swells, surfers and riders of waves were as a flock of seaducks.

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Waiting for the next set of swell, Squibnocket.

When the swellsets came, the waves were taken.

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Out in the waves were surfboards, and paddleboards, and this contraption, which looks to be a hydrofoil paddleboard.

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Near shore, a lad faced the waves with his boogie board.

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No fear here.

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At the waves he went.

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Rides were his reward.

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Day faded, sunset colors painted the eastern sky…

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A very good day.

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