G. Niblock on the L41 TipSUP Noserider. Photo: J. Chandler

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

New South - Day Two

New south filled in yesterday creating some nice waves. Surfed Roots on the Q-Fish. Set a personal best of 17 waves in one hour but best of all is that I was by myself in plain view. Granted, I'm taking lower quality empty lines over quality with crowds but Roots is fun "beachbreak" over a rock reef. It only gets like this on a real swell at low, low tides. It should be good tomorrow too...hello dawn patrol! ("Waves" data from Storm Surf Buoy Model. "Buoy" data from NWS.)

May 30, 2007 (W)

In: 0643

1st Wave: 0647

Out: 0817

Wave count: 23



Wx: June Gloom

Tide: Incoming (0.3' to 1.73')

Wind: None to very light

Sea Surface: Glassy


0700: 4.6 @ 16 SSW

0800: 4.6 @ 13.8 SW

0900: 4.3 @ 16 S

Quad Fish - Fins:Future Scimitar 451 (F) 375 Pivot (R)

Roots: Rock reef acts like beachbreak

Waves: 4.5' @ 14.7 Storm Surf Buoy Model

Monday, May 28, 2007

Memorial Day 2007

Reflecting on those who gave all to enable our freedom and our way of life...may we live worthy lives for their sacrifices.

Cold and foggy
Beaches packed
Nice combo swell
with a bad back

1:00 PM PDT

on 05/28


8ft @ 10sec from NW

3ft @ 13sec from SW

1ft @ 19sec from South

WIND: W@4kts

TEMPS: A:60°F W:56.7°F

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Mark Twain's SF Season

"The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco" Mark Twain, Will Rogers, H.L. Menken, Melvin Kowfnowski, Alfred E. Newman...take your choice. Even though he never said it, it certainly can seem that way at times. Hi at the Harbor yesterday...53 degrees.

Small windswell giving up some waist to shoulder high lines...some set waves going overhead. Cowells isn't breaking yet...everyone's at 38th. Your secret beachbreak is probably empty.


5ft @ 8sec from NW

2ft @ 16sec from South

WIND: NW@12kts

TEMPS: A:52°F W:52°F

Foggy, overcast, cold

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Late May June Gloom

Just in time for Memorial Day. But that's OK...south never really developed into anything except for what Storm Surf forecast it to be...decent utility class swell. Had four days of fun in small, crowded surf. Now everything seems to have dropped down a bit...and the holiday three-day weekend is here. Lot's more people!

4:00 AM PDT on 05/26


5ft @ 8sec from NW

2ft @ 12sec from West

1ft @ 14sec from SW

Waves: 2.3ft @ 8.2sec

AT = 51

WT= 51.6

Foggy, overcast, cold

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Fish Gets A Wax Change

Early morning pre-surf wax change. Looks like new again...

May 21 (Su) 22 (M) 23 (Tu) 2007

Nice weather, decent windswell with a small south mixed in, town gets the nod.

May 21, 2007 (M)

In: 1232

1st Wave: 1234

Out: 1325

Wave count: 10



Wx: Sunny, clear, warm

Tide: Incoming (1.4' to 2.5')

Wind: Light to none

Sea Surface: Glassy


1200: 5.6 @ 12.1 NW

1300: 6.9 @ 9.1 WNW

1400: 5.6 @ 9.1 WNW

Quad Fish

Sickles: Rock reef

Reefs working at low tide. High tide beach breaks blowing out.

May 22, 2007 (Tu)

In: 1205

1st Wave: 1210

Out: 1315

Wave count: 11



Wx: Sunny and clear, cooler

Tide: Incoming (0.8' to 2.0')

Wind: Light NW

Sea Surface: Glassy


1200: 6.6 @ 10 NW

1300: 8.9 @ 10 NW

1500: 5.9 @ 9.1 NW

Quad Fish - Fins:Future Scimitar 451 (F) 375 Pivot (R)

TPS: Rock reef

About the same as yesteray.

May 23, 2007 (W)

In: 0912

1st Wave: 0915

Out: 1015

Wave count: 10



Wx: High hazy clouds

Tide: Out going (0.76' to .17')

Wind: Light NW

Sea Surface: Glassy to mottled


0900: 7.5 @ 10 NW

1000: 7.2 @ 9.1 NW

1100: 6.6 @ 8.3 WNW

Quad Fish - Fins:Future Scimitar 451 (F) 375 Pivot (R)

TP1: Rock reef

Monday, May 21, 2007

May 20 (Su) 2007

Wave drought broke early Sunday AM. It wasn't a lot and it wasn't real pretty but after eleven days out of the water it was fun, surfable waves. This beachbreak (not pictured here) has a long, narrow and deep channel about 10yards offshore that runs parallel to the shoreline for 100's of yards. Sandbars are in place makai of the channel. Waves break off the outer bar for a short, fast ride and then die off in the channel before crashing over in the shore pound. It might be different at low tide.

May 20, 2007 (Su)

In: 1345

1st Wave: 1354

Out: 1515

Wave count: 10



Wx: Sunny, clear, warm

Tide: Incoming (3.4' to 4.1')

Wind: Light to mod NW

Sea Surface: Choppy from outer waters wind


1300: 6.9 @ 12.9 WNW

1400: 6.2 @ 12.9 WNW

1500: 7.5 @ 10.8 NW

1600: 5.9 @ 12.9 WNW

Quad Fish

VPA: Beach break

Friday, May 18, 2007

May 18 (F) 2007

Six inches high,
six inches deep,
six feet from shore.

I gotta get one of these...

Thursday, May 17, 2007

May 15-16-17 (Tu, W, Th) 2007

poem from 3to5setsof7:

Spring, spring, has fully sprung
Conditions stink like fresh hot dung
Crappy slop from the bottom rung
I’m just a hungry dog draggin his tongue
Looking for a clean hole instead of the bung

Here's something to get us through this...not the best waves but it's soulful...

Monday, May 14, 2007

May 12-13-14, 2007 (Sa, Su, M)

Did I say flat?
NorPac doing it's best imitation of Lake Tahoe.
Hope on the horizon. Wind kicking up in the Gulf.
Here and here.
Cali dreamin'.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

May 8, 2007 (Tu)

Hot air temps and a warming sea combined with clear, sunny skies to birth an algae bloom. Large swathes of copper red bands are painting the bay with odoriferous stripes of tiny living organisms. Breaking waves spill copper tinged whitewater. Wind is up a little producing a few small but ridable waves. In the image the sea looks blue but there is a lot of brown-red there.

May 8, 2007 (Tu)

In: 1228

1st Wave: 1230

Out: 1333

Wave count: 20



Wx: Sunny, clear, hot

Tide: Incoming (.9' to 1.72')

Wind: Light to mod NW

Sea Surface: Bumpy


1200: 3.9 @ 10 NW

1300: 4.3 @ 9.1 WNW

1400: 3.6 @ 9.1 NW

Quad Fish

VPA: Beach break

Monday, May 7, 2007

May 7, 2007 (M)

Hot and flat. Even the beaches are listless. Just people taking the day off from work. No ground swell, no wind swell, no wind, no waves.

Sunday, May 6, 2007

May 6, 2007 (Su)

SoCal comes to NorCal. Hot and windless. Uncrowded beachbreak. Sweet.

May 6, 2007 (Su)

In: 1245

1st Wave: 1249

Out: 1415

Wave count: 10++



Wx: Sunny, clear, hot

Tide: Low to High @ 3.1'

Wind: None

Sea Surface: Glassy with some bumps


1200: 5.9 @ 8.3 NW

1300: 5.9 @ 9.1 WNW

1400: 5.2 @ 9.1 WNW

Quad Fish

VPA: Beach break

Thursday, May 3, 2007

May 3, 2007 (Th)

Clean sunny day. Swell up, tide low. No more big wind at the dateline in the Gulf. Get it while you can.

May 3, 2007 (Th)

In: 0854

1st Wave: 0901

Out: 1015

Wave count: 11



Wx: Sunny, clear, some clouds

Tide: 1.1 to 2.1

Wind:Light northwest

Sea Surface: rippled


0900: 9.8 @ 13.8 WNW

1000: 10.5 @ 16 NW

1100: 10.8 @ 14.8 NW

Quad Fish

Traights/2P-PP: Reef, sand over reef

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

May 2, 2007 (W)

Overcast, light rain to drizzle swell drops, not much there.

May 2, 2007 (W)


1st Wave:


Wave count:



Wx: Light rain and drizzle

Tide: .86 @ 0753

Wind:calm to light

Sea Surface: Glassy


0700 3.3@10 WNW

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Freeline Quad Fish

Freeline Design Santa Cruz. Shaper: John Mel. #11624. Specs: 6'0" X 16 3/4 X 21 1/4 X 17 X 2 1/2
Bottom Contour: Slight nose concave for lift into triplane into v.
Paddles and catches waves like a bigger board. Very stable, very fast.
Board is loose and transitions smoothly from rail to rail which is how it is surfed.
Currently surfed with Future Vector Scimitar 451 fronts and Pivot 3 3/4 rear trailer fins.

May 1 2007 Beachbreak

Small peaks and corners at one of the local beach breaks. Sunny, glassy, long clean beach, cold, clear water warming to summer. Caught a lot of waves, one very good left and one very good right. Good workout. Surfed the six foot quad fish...lots of fun. No one out but me and about two hundred birds.

May 1, 2007 (Tu)

In: 0845

1st Wave: 0849

Out: 1005

Wave count: 10++



Wx: Sunny, clear

Tide: rising 2 to 3

Wind:calm to light

Sea Surface: Glassy


0800 4.6@11.4 NW

0900 4.6@10.8 WNW

1000 4.3@11.4 WNW

Quad Fish