The poles is an iconic surf spot in Jacksonville, Florida known for its hollow barrels, and protected jetty just a thousand yards away. Bordered by the Mayport naval station this spot sits just on the edge of a no beach entry zone. Yesterday, while Hurricane Maria was weakening, at the time down to 80mph winds on Monday, the surf from the overnight 105mph strength winds was filling in at the coast. Surfers eager to score thumping barrels with air winds at the Mayport poles were out in the lineup searching for a few gems. Unfortunately, we’re in the time of year when shark attacks are most frequent. The month of September poses the highest risk of being attacked by a shark since waters are warmest and fish species flourish along the coast. Yesterday at the poles a surfer was attacked by a shark while in the water during this epic Hurricane Maria surf. This is an unfortunate, but not completely shocking incident. Surf report/shark attack image by the long time Jacksonville, Mayport Poles surf reporter: 911surfreport.com.
A short video of longboarding in Jacksonville.
WFL Wednesday March, 1st 2017 update: Friday the surf comes up to around 4-5 feet at 6 seconds from the northwest, with winds from the north. The surf peaks between noon and 3pm. The skies will be cloudy in the morning, clearing by afternoon. The highs are in the low 70s. In Clearwater the tide comes in from 8:30a-2:30pm, about 2 feet. Then, the tide drops about 2.5 feet until just after 9pm. Continue reading Cold Front: The Surf Forecast 02.25.17 (updated Wed, Mar 1st)