Did you know Europe has its own version of Pipeline? Of course, we've posted about it before. This chunk of ocean can become a bit of a monster, but shift yourself through a racey take off under a guillotining lip, and the rewards are pretty fine.
Oh sure, it's not as flawless as Pipe, not as majestic – but it is 100 per cent a proper keg and we are here for it. At the start of this week, the Canaries switched on for a couple days of gritty tube riding heaven, with many claiming it was the best few days of the swell season so far. And this is all thanks to a huge North Atlantic pulse that's been blasting Europe and beyond for what seems like an eternity now.
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“It's been firing for weeks,” says lensman Manu Miguelez. “But everything lined up for the European Pipeline earlier this week.
“There's lots of COVID restrictions and mostly no work for the locals, so the surf has been busy. Locals are ruling the session though. It's the best it has been this season, undoubtedly.”
As well as locals Manu Lezcano and Jose Maria Cabrera flexing over the past few days, Willi Aliotti was also in the mix and boy, does he love shifting foam.”
Speaking about the swell that birthed this session, MSW forecaster Tony Butt said: “tThe swell can be traced back to a low that emerged off Cape Hatteras on Sunday 7th February. It moved northeast and deepened, hugging the east coast of North America before turning into the open Atlantic off Newfoundland on Monday Feb 8.
"A massive area of strong westerly winds developed on its southern flank northwest of the Azores. A second low developed just south of Nova Scotia on Wednesday 10, and quickly became entrained into the main system, eventually displacing it by Friday 12, and maintaining that westerly fetch. As a result, a largish, long-period hit westerly exposures late Thursday and continued to pump all day Friday and over the weekend.
“A finger of high pressure pushed up from the southwest and positioned itself over the Iberian Peninsula by the weekend, keeping local winds light along the coast.” This swell arrived from the north west on Monday, capping out at 8ft@15 second, coupled with scattered moderate wind. And there's more on the way for Europe too. Stand by.