First - thanks to everyone who weighed in with answers to this Tex-Newbie on the dynamics of hurricane surf a couple months ago. I forward sent some of your surf pics from Gustav to buds in Cali - looked like San O' on a really fun day - with much less crowd.
I see where there are chats and posts about winter/cold front surf; can some of you vets explain those dynamics to me? Is it, that because as a front approaches, it means increasingly strong onshore winds, which create a wave fetch and then "pow" the front goes through and you have a window where offshore winds groom up the formerly whipped up surf? How long does the surf tend to last before the offshores blow the surf flat?
That and ANY other good insight, advice on what to look for, or where and when to be for winter surf, would be greatly appreciated.