Dylan Graves spent the Florida morning catching dinner in a calm sea today. A couple Mahi and a sea bass. He's been hanging in Florida the past few days with his girl Danielle, impatiently waiting for two approaching hurricane's to do their job and send the wave hungry East Coast a Big Gulp portion of summer juice. With two hurricanes making a hurricane-wich out of Florida, both sides of the "gunshine" state look poised to fire. We caught up with Dylan the night before the decision of where to surf was made. Should he head back home to Puerto Rico? Road trip to the Gulf? Or stay put and hope the weather misses and the swell pulses? With the sizzling mahi from the morning catch popping in the pan in the background, Dylan takes us through the calm before the storm.
SURFING: WHAT SPOTS ARE GOING TO HAVE WAVES DURING THESE HURRICANES?
Dylan Graves: Well there's going to be waves at home (Puerto Rico), in the Gulf and on the East Coast. It's looking like I'm going to venture to the Gulf though because Gustav looks really strong. I'm still deciding on going back to Puerto Rico, though, but there's a high pressure in the area and I'm not sure what that's will do to the storm and it could also make the winds weird. So I'm basically just reading and reacting right now.
WHEN WILL YOU MAKE YOUR DECISION?
Well, in Puerto Rico it's going to start showing tomorrow but probably won't get too good until Saturday or Sunday. And that's when the Gulf could start getting good. I think late Monday is going to be the day for over in the Gulf. I've actually never been there, but I'm going with Matt Kechle and he's got it pretty dialed.
HAVE YOU BEEN WATCHING THE STORMS?
Yeah, it looks like there's a little depression that's way off and we're not sure what that's going to do yet, so we'll obviously have our eye on that, but these two storms bearing down on us have everyone psyched because it looks like a lot of different places should get waves. There are a lot of options. It's just going to depend on what you're looking for.
AND YOU'RE THIINKING THE GULF?
I've been talking to Kechle and he thinks it's going to be solid and he's pretty dialed and has a ski which makes stuff a lot easier to access.
WHICH STORM IS GOING WHERE?
Gustav is going towards the Gulf and Hanna is the Puerto Rico one.
WHAT'S IT LOOK LIKE NOW?
It's dead calm and flat right now. Last report I saw Gustav was hitting Jamaica so it's still a ways off. Hanna is still East of the Virgin Islands. Both storms are still probably two days away.
Basically if a storm is 150 miles offshore or more, it will keep the weather clear. The best set up for swell is that, but it's just very rare. So we're watching and waiting with the boards and ski ready.
HOW IMPORTANT IS HAVING A SKI?
It just gives you a lot more options around here. You're not necessarily using it to get huge waves, but it just enables you to get away from crowds, check outer sandbars and reefs. You just launch the ski and you're out there.