Surf Pics: Hatteras South Swell (Mickey 2M McCarthy) Jan. 31, 2013

On Wednesday, Mother Nature whipped up a nasty 35-45 mph wind during the passing of a storm that pretty much plowed the entire US continent. Snow, damaging tornadoes and strong lightning storms were wide spread and were not taken lightly across the nation. If you were here on the Outer Banks, more than likely the house that you were in shook as the winds kicked up a solid South swell. As a surfer, these are the elements that create the perfect morning after recipe. At 3:50am on Thursday, the Oregon Inlet Buoy reached 12.8 feet @ 9 seconds with a SSE direction. At sunrise, the wind was howling offshore. The pictures below were taken by local photographer icon Mickey 2M McCarthy on Hatteras Island and paint the perfect recipe that Mother Nature whipped up. [caption id="attachment_22284" align="aligncenter" width="900"]2M_01 Macon Humphrey grabs a rail and sets his line. Photo: Mickey 2M McCarthy[/caption] [caption id="attachment_22285" align="aligncenter" width="900"]2M_02 Going Right? Photo: Mickey 2M McCarthy[/caption] [caption id="attachment_22286" align="aligncenter" width="900"]2M_03 Just another day in the office for Mickey 2M McCarthy.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_22287" align="aligncenter" width="900"]2M_04 Macon Humphrey with a precision backside drop. Photo: Mickey 2M McCarthy[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_22288" align="aligncenter" width="900"]2M_05 It's amazing how many empty barrels there are on the Outer Banks. Photo: Mickey 2M McCarthy[/caption] [caption id="attachment_22289" align="aligncenter" width="900"]2M_06 Lumpy nuggets. Photo: Mickey 2M McCarthy[/caption] [caption id="attachment_22290" align="aligncenter" width="900"]2M_07 Unknown surfer taking the fast lane. Photo: Mickey 2M McCarthy[/caption] [caption id="attachment_22291" align="aligncenter" width="900"]2M_08 Fisher Heverly drops in on a nice right. Photo: Mickey 2M McCarthy[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_22292" align="aligncenter" width="900"]2M_09 Unknown surfer with a nice backside style. Photo: Mickey 2M McCarthy[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_22293" align="aligncenter" width="900"]2M_10 It was big, drifty and hollow. Another unknown surfer getting ready to get shaded. Photo: Mickey 2M McCarthy[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_22294" align="aligncenter" width="900"]2M_11 Unknown Surfer setting his line. Photo: Mickey 2M McCarthy[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_22295" align="aligncenter" width="900"]2M_12 Anyone hungry for caverns? Photo: Mickey 2M McCarthy[/caption]