Apocalypse Swell: All Paddle Edition
Cortes Bank Wakes UP December 12, 2012
Excellent pictorial spread at Surfline when Cortes Bank turns massive on the huge winter swell December 2012. With waves hitting 50+ feet, Cortes was definitely in full crank mode.
The list of big riders at Cortes December 21 2021: Kohl Christensian, Twiggy Danilo Couto, Baker, Shawn Dollar, Shane Dorian, Derek Dunfee, Aaron Gold, Alex Gray, Mark Healy, Greg and Rusty Long, Keal’i Mamala, Peter Mel, Garrett McNamara, Jamie Mitchell, DK and Ian Walsh, Dave Wassel, Ben Wilkinson.
A taste of the article:
Rob Brown can see an epic day coming at Cortes Bank before most. And when he arrived from over the eastern horizon around 2 P.M. Friday, after a six-hour jaunt from Dana Point, and saw the ghostly peaks of the Bank detonating under the slightest west wind, he knew the supposed end of days was just the beginning of 24 hours of big-wave bliss.
“It started picking up just as forecast,” said Brown. “From 2:30 it was on — easily 50 feet on the face and the wind was just laying down…”
Check out the spread… The photography is excellent.
Read more about the Greg Long 3 wave hold down…
Read about the history of Cortes Bank, Pacific’s Cortes Bank is full of big-wave surprises.