SWELL OF ’83: RETURN OF THE “BIG, DAMN TERRORIZING WAVE”

The Swell of 1983 was the flaming John Bonham gong-blast that finally woke up our slumbering interest in big waves. It wasn’t one swell, actually, but a whole zombie battalion of swells, lurching out of an El Nino-juiced North Pacific, one after the other, week after week, without letup—my knees were knocking from early February to…