Christian Flores-Munoz captured what’s made surfing and swimming off the Oregon Coast so treacherous lately – the collision of strong ocean swells as they come ashore. A westerly swell continues to come in, but so has a northwesterly swell from Japan. They colliding as they round points and headlands that collide just offshore. You can see a little bit of it in Christian’s photo. Directly below the Sun’s image one westerly swell is breaking toward shore, but it’s interrupted by a northwesterly swell from Japan. It’s made for some very dangerous sneaker waves along beaches, rocks and outcroppings. It’s also produced some very unpredictable rip currents that have surprised even experienced surfers who have been caught in a few of them. All luckily got back to shore safely.
Thanks Christian for capturing that for us.