Pics – Swell Event: Feb. 17, 2013

Much of the East coast was expecting snow, but for the Outer Banks, we got waves. As the storm system moved off the coast, it created a nice low pressure system that built a solid NNE swell targeting Buxton where much of the action went down. Early that morning, Diamond Shoals buoy read 11.5 feet at 8 seconds which tapered off to a nice ground swell, the water temps were mid 40’s and the air temps felt like the 20’s. On par for winter conditions on the Outer Banks. Photographer Mickey (2M) McCarthy (along with several other photographers) was there to brave the elements and snap a few shots.


As cold as it was outside, the jetty was firing. Photo: Mickey (2M) McCarthy


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Local photographer Matt Lusk taking a look. Photo: Mickey (2M) McCarthy


Belinda Chad preparing for the dark room. Photo: Mickey (2M) McCarthy


Another unridden gem at the Lighthouse. Would you go left? Photo: Mickey (2M) McCarthy


Brett Barley standing tall and looking comfortable. Photo: Mickey (2M) McCarthy


Jesse Hines sets up for the barrel. Photo: Mickey (2M) McCarthy

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Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Jetty…. the paddle out. Photo: Mickey (2M) McCarthy

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Surfer: Zack Knapp, Photo: Mickey (2M) McCarthy

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Diamond Shoals. Photo: Mickey (2M) McCarthy


Mickey freezing his ass off! Photo: John Jones


Mickey (2M) McCarthy working in his element. Photo: Ben Gallop