Most people are concerned about hurricanes. A hurricane watch or warning is typically cause for alarm, justifiably. They can, and often do, cause incredible devastation. It is a idea good to develop the habits of being prepared and having emergency supplies and plans in place. All coastal dwellers also learn to follow the weather reports and storm tracks closely. Very closely. And to be ready to act appropriately for whatever turns up.
It is also good to have a surfboard and wetsuit and know where the surf will be good if the storm track takes it in a direction that brings great waves and offshore winds and when they will coincide to create the epic conditions we monks of the sea pray for.
Some days your prayers are answered. On September 21, Hurricane Jose swung past Nova Scotia and delivered the goods. It was big and offshore, and I was ecstatic and at the same time disappointed. I had no one to surf with, I was at a remote and very rocky location and I’ve not been in the greatest shape and so I had to stand on the beach and watch rather than risk paddling out alone to challenge these powerful but potentially dangerous beauties.
So I took pictures. And then I made a slideshow.