Wednesday, October 4, 2023

MendoMoments: Surfer Rides a Wave Under the Blood Red Sun of Smoky Skies

A surfer looking savage at Big River Beach [Photograph by Eric Burch]

Willits resident and local photographer Eric Burch sought refuge from the inland smoke and heat last Wednesday, August 18 and found himself on Big River Beach.

There, he said the “North Pacific was alive.” Burch said Buoy 46014 of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration registered “9 foot swells out of the northwest with 10 second intervals” which brought the local surfers out to play.

Burch watched the surfers score “pretty decent waves” paddling under a slightly smoky sky darkened by wildfire smoke blanketing the region.

As the hour grew later, Burch said “the surfers enjoyed a bountiful session until the blood red sun set.”

MendoFever’s newest column, MendoMoments, is dedicated to showcasing the land, animals, and people that make up Mendocino County. All Mendocino County residents and visitors are invited to participate. Send photographs to matthewplafever@gmail.com including a description of what your photograph depicts, where it was taken, and any other important details.

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Matt LaFeverhttps://mendofever.com/
I like to think of myself as a reporter for the Average Joe. Journalism has become a craft defined largely by city dwellers on America's coasts. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at matthewplafever@gmail.com if you know a story that needs to be told.

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