Seems like every week we're posting about a new giant swell somewhere in the Western Hemisphere. Like Northern California and Hawaii, things are getting serious in the Atlantic. Because it's been such long period groundswell, folks in the Caribbean aren't sure when one swell starts and the next fills in. Following the last storm to rock the East Coast, yet another swell pushed down toward the equator.
This one set off a spot that Puerto Rican surfers and puddle-jumping Floridians have been waiting years to nail. The lefts created a tube section that seemed to spit out half the Atlantic as each one unloaded on this unnamed Northwest Coast reef. And one particularly heavy set may prove to be historic for Brian Toth.
Check ESPN Surfing when the footage goes live. We have video from Uncharted Productions, features Asher Nolan, Peter Mendia, Gabby Escudero, Gabe Kling, Lief Engstrom, Pedro Otto Flores, and Pedro Fernandez all setting a new bar in Puerto Rico. The finale is one of the biggest barrels of Brian Toth's life.
"I'd heard a lot about this spot," said Peter Mendia, "and it blew my mind. It was every bit of what they said it was."
Mendia lives in Florida, but makes a living chasing hollow ones these days. He got a call from his Puerto Rican buddy, Otto Flores, who believed that the spot might blow up on this swell.
"Otto and Pedro Fernandez were the first ones out while we were checking it out. It calmed down a bit. The paddle was still a little crazy. It's almost like a Pipe drop and the barrel is just amazing."
He noted that Toth's tube was the biggest barrel ever ridden there. Though a few past rogue swells have bought out the tow teams, the local contingent is claiming this was the biggest it has ever been paddled into it. The swell looks to drop off by tomorrow, but it was a pretty historic pulse.