Well all, I was lucky enough to hit Big Sur on Friday and Saturday with a buddy of mine. I know there has been lots of down playing of this wave but honestly, in my opinion it totally rocked. We saw flows of 27000 to 29000 and the higher it was the better it was. That being said I was in my Fluid Element Surf Kayak and it seemed that it was the perfect boat for the wave hands down. There were some awesome old schoolers with long boats out there and though they could surf farther out on to the Glass than the Element their rides were pretty much straight forward surfing with little carve or dynamic. On the other hand, the play boats of which there were many and some amazing paddlers- even the boats that are considered fast by todays standards, mostly hung out in the pile and although there was some great bounce with sizable blunts and back pan ams there wasn't much full on Surfing as the wave was not steep enough for normal play boats. The Element toatally Slayed Big Sur. It had the speed for the glass, the carve and loosness to do big high speed moves. Big Sur may be have lost its alure for modern play boaters but if surfing is one of your passions and you have a Surf Kayak I have to say it is one of the best River Waves(if not the best) I have ever sliced up. I will try and post some pics soon of what could be the new norm for a Wave Like Big Sur.
Either which way it was an amazing wave and totally worth the drive from NM.