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Photos, words and captions by Tom Dugan

When storms form in the Atlantic Ocean, waves form and head to the beach.  A week back or so, a low formed off the Florida Coast midweek, that ended up as a storm off of Cape Canaveral, that generated offshore winds with the buoys reading 16 feet at 12 seconds.

It’s not very often that the waves look like this in Florida and with buoy readings at 16 feet at 12 seconds to boot. PHOTO : @tomduganphotos

 Surf was pumping all day on Friday the 17th from The Cape down to West Palm Beach and everywhere in between. I headed south towards Sebastian Inlet to see what was up but saw a full parking lot just north of the inlet and decided to check the waves there.  These photos show what I found. ENJOY ! – Tom Dugan –

Later in the session, Tommy Lueck got this barrel just pumping down the line. From shooting photos for so many years, my instinct told me to hold down the trigger even after he had disappeared. Glad I did. Photo here and GIF sequence below by Tom Dugan @tomduganphotos

Riding his backup board, Sam Barker had no problem getting it into the place he needed it to go. PHOTO : @tomduganphotos

Luckily Sammy shapes his own boards and boards for hundreds of others. This day he had a brand new one and took it out for its maiden voyage. Three waves later it was toast. Back to the shaping bay for this guy. PHOTO : @tomduganphotos

A clean backside lipper from Logan Radd with a few more set waves showing out the back. PHOTO : @tomduganphotos

Surfing up and down the beach Justin Ellingham was on the search. Looks like he found what he was looking for. PHOTO : @tomduganphotos

Nice view if you can get it. PHOTO : @tomduganphotos

Eric Peters with his back against the wall, driving down the line. Full speed run backside. PHOTO : @tomduganphotos

The Peters family out for a surf. ( L to R ) Dad Eric, Sebastian, Kai, and friend Sam Duggan. PHOTO : @tomduganphotos

The first photos I took when I got seated in the sand was this sequence of  Tommy “BooBoo” Coleman. To say my mind was blown right off the bat would be an understatement. Photo here and GIF sequence below by Tom Dugan @tomduganphotos

Looking south down the beach, an unidentified gent takes the drop into a nice looking wave. PHOTO : @tomduganphotos

Dropping in with heart in throat no doubt and high hopes for a make. PHOTO: Tom Dugan @tomduganphotos

Tommy “ BooBoo “ Coleman with a nice backside attack. PHOTO : @tomduganphotos

Steve Wright drove north from his home in Wabasso,Florida to try something different from the shorebreak he gets at his local break. Bet he’s glad he took the drive. PHOTO : @tomduganphotos

The offshore rain never made it to the beach, but it did help to keep the wind down, and the waves glassy. PHOTO : @tomduganphotos

We didn’t get a name but we totally dig on this guys line. PHOTO: Tom Dugan @tomduganphotos

Getting a small tube on the inside. Christian Daniels locked in tight. PHOTO : @tomduganphotos

It ain’t always sunny in the Sunshine State. Dark Skies, deep pits and a one of a kind December swell to remember. PHOTO: Tom Dugan @tomduganphotos