|Bill PERFECTLY lined up to send waves towards the Cape.|
Source: Weather Underground
Here is the "Facebook Note" I wrote following that weekend.
Hurricane Bill Taught Me...
by Sam Wilson on Tuesday, 25 August 2009 at 20:52
- They don't let surfboards on MVT (Martha's Vineyard Transit)
- Hitchhiking is easy on the Vineyard. Go a little outside of town, find a turnout, and stick up your thumb. Look for pickup trucks if you have a board.
- Cody the Anglo-Australian, while not a surfer himself, can take you to the best spots.
- They close beaches prematurely in Mass, on the order of the governor no less.
- Mason has a great couchsurf couch. A shack on a pond, with its own dock, right across from the Obamas (they were arriving the next day).
- Skurfing is surfing while being pulled by a skiff.
- No governor can close a private beach, with access only by skiff.
- How to drive a skiff back to the dock.
- Full service gas stations still exist on the vineyard.
- A new card trick.
- Sleeping during a hurricane is pleasant.
- Sneak around the cops and tuna on the beach is the real breakfast of champions
- Waves at Squibby curl for miles. 13b. I'm out of paddling shape.
- Sunscreen doesn't last 6hrs.
- Golden ticket for hitchhiking is a pickup truck with people already in the back.
- Vineyard Haven is a dry town. This makes waiting for the ferry take much longer.
- Sleep on the ferry home.
As a surfer, I'm constantly worried that I may not be choosing the correct surf spot for a specific swell; I've actually lost sleep over it, especially following a long dry spell (e.g. the ENTIRE summer leading to that weekend). Martha's Vineyard was the place to be for surfing Hurricane Bill.
The following week, I finished my project with Ken, had some creepy nights in the Barn alone (Circa 1890), and returned home.
|Making landfall in Nova Scotia|
Cape Cod would be in the middle left side of the image
Source: Wikipedia Image Commons
--If I were to add anything to this list, it is that this was my favorite weekend that summer. WHOI is a good research facility in a beautiful location, but I belong at Scripps, where surfing is readily available and the research is great.
--Squibby was an isolated point break, and as such had a moderate crowd. The level of surfing, though, was nonthreatening to say the least; San Diego has meaner lineups with thicker vibes.
--I have a fridge magnet in the shape of a small blue fish from that weekend.