The weather has been slowly changing. Leaves are quickly falling on the ground, the nights are getting darker early, the rain has quickly arrived, full suit wetsuits are being pulled out of garages, jet skis are tuning up and bigger surfboards are being waxed up. It is official ladies and gentlemen, winter has finally arrived.
It is currently forecasted that one of the biggest swells in 40 years is about to hit the Hawaiian Islands and California coastline. Typhoon Nida has currently generated winds in excess of 50 knots with combined seas over 45 feet in the Pacific Ocean. Nida has already created some amazing surf in Guam early this week. Click here to check this great footage out.
Surfers all along the coasts of Hawaii and California are waiting anxiously to see what the weather will do and if this swell really is the next "big" ridable swell. Two of the most popular winter time surf contests are currently tracking Nida's every movement. The Mavericks Surf Contest, held north of Half Moon Bay in California, contest directors are standing by hoping that the bad weather associated with Nida improves. This prestigious surf event has been cancelled the last two years due to small swells. With winter looking promising in terms of swells, surf and El Nino, the Mavericks contest holding period was opened on November 1. If a perfect swell forecasted big enough to hit California's northern coast, invited surfers will have only 48 hours to notice to show up and test their skills to Mother Nature. As of today, horrid winds may cause the contest to be cancelled.
While California's coast may have predicted bad weather and wind, Nida is planned to make a giant appearance in the Hawaiian islands. While crazed big wave surfers are planning on riding these gigantic 40-60 feet waves, authorities are trying their hardest to adjust their staffing for the possibilities that Nida will override beaches and flood coastal communities. Surfers from all over the world, along with some of the best water safety crafts on the market are flying into Hawaii hoping to catch this historic swell. Not only will these PWC's, also known as jet-skis, will be protecting the lives of surfers, they are also going to be used to make some of the biggest wave riding history in tow in surfing.
Only time can tell what typhoon Nida will do.