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Biggest Swell
updated: Jan 30, 2013, 3:47 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

Anyone know when the biggest swell to hit the Santa Barbara coast was? It seems like it's been a while since we've had any really significant surf light up our coast. Care to share any memorable BIG days?

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 COMMENT 369145P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-30 04:06 PM

where were you the weekend before last? http://www.surfline.com/surf-news/mid-winter-wonderland-swell-story_91023/

 

 COMMENT 369154 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-30 04:22 PM

DK, but I watched swells breaking over Goleta Pier from the fourth floor of Bio ll in 1977.

 

 COMMENT 369160 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-30 04:31 PM

145P- The OP said SB Coast... And, that was not a big swell.

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-30 04:34 PM

Never forget the 1983 storms that warf was a rockin.

 

 COMMENT 369167 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-30 04:36 PM

December 1969. There may have been others but that was the biggest swell of my life that had clean good surf.

 

 COMMENT 369168 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-30 04:37 PM

1977. The outer reef at Naples was going OFF!

 

 COMMENT 369173 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-30 04:43 PM

69 I was just born 83 was massive

 

 COMMENT 369204 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-30 05:35 PM

02/25/08. Man, that swell was just mind boggling. The east side of Stearns wharf was breaking a couple feet overhead that day. The wharf ended up getting closed. I remember we were checking surf from Summerland's park and saw that the coastline was closed out in whitewater as far as the eye could see. Rincon was enormous.

 

 COMMENT 369237 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-30 07:51 PM

Winter 1995?

 

 COMMENT 369238 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-30 08:05 PM

I second 08, I watched guy's ride from campus all the way to Goleta beach.That swell was huge.

 

 TMO agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-31 06:47 AM

2008 I rode a huge, but fairly mellow, beast of a wave from Campus to Goleta Beach.Then I realized I had to go through the shorepound to get to the beach! It was a bit sketchy but I managed and started walking back up when a friend who was among the onlookers called out and gave me a ride back to Campus.That was the biggest day I remember actually witnessing.

 

 TMO agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-31 06:51 AM

Here's a link to photos of a big swell in 2005.
http://www.goletasurfing.com/bigwed.html

 

 COMMENT 369293 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-31 07:12 AM

1969 is in the record books.

The day the gates got torn off the mussel shoals causeway was not so long ago. I think third reef Rincon was breaking too. No one I know ever saw that before.

Last fall there was a day that had more lookers than takers, dbl-ohd at the con.

 

 COMMENT 369302 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-31 07:26 AM

69 was definitly the biggest beast of a swell in my 44 years surfing this county.We could hear the surf from our garage in the goleta foothills.We went down to goleta beach that night, and the waves were breaking over the pier.For a 9 year old that was a eye opener.

 

 COMMENT 369313 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-31 07:39 AM

Big Wensday

 

 COMMENT 369359 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-31 08:51 AM

During the '69 swell, Rincon was huge, but rideable.....the '83 swell was so big even Rincon Point couldn't hold it and it turned into an unrideable monstrous beach break.

 

 COMMENT 369367 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-31 09:06 AM

The 83 storm (the Queen's Storm) took out the bike path on the ocean side of the east Leadbetter lot. Or rather, it took all the sand out from under it; there it was hanging in the air.

 

 COMMENT 369374P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-31 09:57 AM

a little OT - Did not live here in 1969 but volkswagons were washing out of Topanga Canyon towards Ventura Blvd in Woodland Hills. That may have been a fun ride. We needed a school bus to take us across the street to school (no storm drains yet) I believe the Santa Clara River was flowing over the 101.

 

 COMMENT 369380 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-31 10:10 AM

2008 - I was a beginning surfer and could not get out. Probably good that I did not get out - that surf was big. Enjoyed watching others, including a surf kayaker.

 

 COMMENT 369397 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-31 10:54 AM

The '83 storm rolled over Stearn's wharf, lifting the loose planks, and flooding part of Moby Dick's. It was breaking over the wharf. Pretty exciting time to be out there!

 

 COMMENT 369541 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-31 03:33 PM

I would say 69' and 95'( Big Wednesday) were the two biggest although 83' and 2005' were solid too!

 

 COMMENT 369887 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 11:21 AM

1983.......ledbedder takeoff spot for surfing was in front of the restaraunt.

 

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