American astronaut checks the surf from the International Space Station

May 22, 2019 | Surfing
Tahiti: American astronaut Christina H. Koch photographs Teahupoo from above | Photo: Koch

On March 14, 2019, Christina H. Koch joined the crew at the International Space Station (ISS).

She was launched on Soyuz MS-12 alongside Aleksey Ovchinin and Nick Hague.

Koch surprised the surfing world after publishing a series of tweets in which she hailed the ocean conditions as seen from the sky.

First, the American astronaut praised the beauty of Duranbah Beach, on the Gold Coast, Australia, and congratulated Caroline Marks on her first Championship Tour win.

Then, a few days later, Koch saw the place where she was raised - Jacksonville, North Carolina.

"It's a special thing to see from above the place where you grew up - the ocean that first inspired my fascination with things that make me feel small and planted the seed to explore," tweeted Christina H. Koch.


But the reference to the waves and the surf continued.

The 40-year-old astronaut congratulated Courtney Conlogue for her victory at Bells Beach during the "50-Year Storm."

Using the hashtag #swellfromspace, kept tweeting and serving as a unique surf forecaster.

"Can already see the long period SSW swell showing in southern Tahiti and even breaking on the reef. Hoping for another good view of Teahupoo from the Space Station when it peaks later this week!" Christina wrote.

Koch is expected to return to Earth in February 2020.

She will spend 335 days at the ISS and will set a new record for the longest single continuous stay in space for a woman.

The previous record belonged to Peggy Whitson with 328 days.

Until then, and while Christina remains in orbit, the space surf series will continue, and surfers will have the best swell forecaster they could have ever asked for.