That dirty ol' Wedge! This time, it's Code Red 2 Wedge! A sentence we never thought we'd write. If you've been sleepy this past week or so, Code Red 2 is the swell that set Teahupoo off for a session the likes of which we haven't seen for 11 years and then a historic day at Maui, and now, a carnage-laden, wince-fest at everyone's favourite full-send monster.
This swell was designated Code Red 2, after marine authotities shut down all water activity around Teahupoo as this thing hit. They issued a red warning, aka, Code Red. And when a swell is that size it doesn't just stop. Right now, it's hitting SoCal and the Americas before heading for cooler seas in Canada.
Live cam: Wedge
Most notably in the mix here is Sage Burke. This local lad had also surfed Teahupoo on Wednesday when Code Red hit in the morning, towing into a deep, critical barrel that stood on the reef, bowed and clamped, hard, upon exit. The Wedge also gobbled Sage up on Monday evening, as the swell began to fill in. By Tuesday though and the Californian had this thing wrapped around his little finger. "I got more pounded at Wedge because I was too comfortable after surfing in Tahiti," he told MSW.
By now you know what The Wedge is capable of. Equal parts 'ARGHHHH' and 'holy crap, I made it', when the figures look like they did yesterday, it's more about hoping you don't get detonated too hard to sand. Or take a page out of Tanner McDaniel's book and go prone. Then it's more 50/50 you'll make it or no.
Breaking down the session, MSW forecaster Tony Butt said: "The swell that was generated over a week and a half ago, way down in the South Pacific is still going. In SoCal, wave heights ramped up on Monday afternoon, peaking late Tuesday and then expected to ramp down over the next few days. Wave heights at southerly exposures were around four or five feet, but much bigger at spots with significant local effects, such as the Wedge.
"This is also hitting Central America and beyond. The swell is now a long way from the storm centre, and has stretched out considerably -- meaning it should ramp down soon."
Anyway, hit play above for a few bone crunching moments from everyone's favourite man-made pit. We love it. Also, our man on the ground Brent Weldon sent the best of straight to us from this session, but he's also got an extended cut playing right here.