Billabongxxl.com posted this image from Antonio Araujo as the best named storm in a many year heats up the Atlantic. Antonio said this photo was taken during the passage of the storm Hercules as the waves reached 33 to 36 feet tall on the north coast of the island of Terceira in the Azores. Wow that’s tall.
The XXL team stated “62+ FOOT SEAS were recorded via satellite within the Hercules storm over the Atlantic earlier today. Buoys off of Europe are lighting up as the Hercules swell begins to move in. The 62095/M6 Buoy off Ireland leaped to near 40 feet a few hours ago before it quit reporting. (It’s been knocked offline for the last couple of hours…who knows what it’s going though out there right now!) But a 20 foot jump in wave height in just two hours? Hang on, this is about to get really heavy. We can’t say for sure, but some of the data suggest this might just be a swell event of unprecedented scale since the Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards began in 2000.”
This shot by George Karbus at Lahinch during the night above might give some indication though as Hercules starts pounding the coast. Who’s surfing this madness, loads we reckon and will be on hand to give you all the gory details.
Stay tuned and stay safe folks, this is going to be a monster.