Surfline: Apocalypse Swell: All Paddle Edition – Cortes Bank

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.

Jim Caldwell
Redondo Beach
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Jim Caldwell has over 26 years of experience in the public safety sector in occupations ranging from professional ski patrol, and ocean lifeguard to firefighter. Jim has worked for the Redondo Beach Fire Department for the last 22 years holding successively higher positions of responsibility. For the last six years, Jim has held the rank of Engineer with responsibility for driving and operating the Department’s Engines and Tillered Aerial Ladder Truck. Throughout his career, he has shown a dedication not only to public safety but also community service.
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