December 21, 2005
Big Wednesday? Yes! We have Big Wave Surfing in San Clemente! On Dec 21, 2005 (pictured above) 18 foot waves pounded the pier. Hardly anybody went out except for a few brave (or stupid) souls.
It was 8ft-12ft with occasional 15ft, well that’s what the board said. But any one in the water described it as “BIG”. Or, my favorite, Katie from the Surfline Surf Report started off of her report with “wholly moly it’s Big”
Well, that quickly put the authorities in to action and we were kicked off the pier in no time by lifeguards.
The rest of the day the pier was roped off with this sign that said pier closed due to large surf.
It was a steady 30 – 45 minute paddle out from T-Street, if you were strong enough. Most people opted to watch and heckle from the sand like myself.
Statistically the biggest average surf in San Clemente comes in the winter months of December – February.
We often get overlooked by the winter northern-latitude swells due to the fact that most San Clemente Beaches face a southerly direction and Catalina Shelters the city from the big northern storm swells.
So this Big Wednesday was a treat.