Santa Barbara in the summer is normally a desolate wasteland. Well, for surf anyway. Not this week. Not with Hurricane Marie’s sexy SE swell direction wrapping into SoCal, charming her way past the Channel Islands, slipping surf underneath their typical summertime stonewalling.
Local Gabe Venturelli (Ed’s Note: the surfer’s name was unknown at first) scored himself what just may be the wave of the swell, at Sandspit, of all places, which opened up even hollower than normal, thanks to that once-in-a-decade swell angle. Photographer Chris Burkard was on hand to gawk at this wave in person. “This guy got barreled all the way across the sandbar—I could hear people hooting and hollering all the way to the pier. People are saying it’s the best wave they have ever seen there.”