By John Streit. Photos by Jon Carter, Colin Breland, Allen Harcourt & Streit.

Last week’s swell was one of many moods. Appropriate for the stretch of coast we call home. There’s a saying aroud these parts: “If you don’t like the weather today, wait until tomorrow,” a nod to the fact that our local conditions can change rapidly. This swell was brought in by a Nor’easter with air temperatures down in the lower 40s, dismal skies and whipping winds. By Friday, you’d couldn’t ask for a more sun-soaked and beautiful day. By Sunday — while warmer — there were rain squalls and a new south swell. Mother Nature sure likes to keep things interesting in the Mid Atlantic surfing, and for that I’m very thankful. The bipolar nature of fall-winter-spring weather usually means a swell is in-tow, which is swell by me.


Golden Hour light is a photographer's best friend. Combine that with a talented surfer, great waves and a skilled photographer and you get some breathtaking results. Quentin Turko. Photo: Carter.
Split peaks are what friends are for! Sterling King takes the right while Dana Quinn goes left. Photo: Carter.
Eric Drexler gets some shade on a sunny Friday in Kill Devil Hills. Photo: Carter.
The title of this gallery may be "Weekday Warriors," but this snap from Sunday of S&A contributor Matt Price more than made the cut! Photo: Carter.
The morning session on Hatteras Island was one for the memory banks. Photo: Breland.
"Dude it's firing out there!" Photo: Breland.
Almond joy. Photo: Breland.
Julian Smith races inside this morning peeler. Photo: Breland.
Colin posted up on the corner like a street sign. Photo: Breland.
Julian Smith off the botton on a pretty peak. Photo: Breland.
Depth, both in the photo and in this wave. Photo: Breland.
Dreamstate. Photo: Breland.
Goofies wanted. Photo: Breland.
Incoming. Photo: Breland.
Flashback to Thursday, Jan. 15 at Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. Photo: Allen Harcourt.
The scene of many wave-slayings: Avalon Pier, doing it's thing on Thursday. Photo: Harcourt.
An unknown aerialist punts into the Avalon afternoon. Photo: Harcourt.
A parting shot from Virginia Beach on Thursday. An unknown surfer gets into it. Photo: Streit.

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