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

Monday, July 16, 2007

Long Noserides on Freighter Wakes

At least it seemed that way to me. I grabbed the Harbour 19 (note the famous "root beer" fin sticking out of the board bag) and headed to the local beach break. Usually by 10:30 or so the wind is up and the white caps prolific, but today it wasn't white caps. The waves were small, about thigh high and arrived in groups of two or three about ten feet apart. Thus giving the impression that somewhere out in the Bay a group of crazed freighter captains were playing chicken with each other's big boats, sending multiple wake-waves shoreward. Fairly regularly though either the first wave or a solo wave would appear and offer a long noseride into the shallows. I found a peak away from the crowd and surfed it by myself for over an hour. Easily 25 waves ridden in the warm delicious sunshine. It just goes to show ya that the surf doesn't have to be pumping for it to be fun. (Especially when it's flat everywhere else!)

July 16, 2007 (M)

In: 1045

1st Wave: 1048

Out: 1150

Wave count: 25+



Wx: Warm, sunny and clear

Tide: Rising (2.1' to 3.7')

Wind: Light from the northwest

Sea Surface: Slightly bumpy

Buoy: NWS

0900: 2.6 @ 9.1 W

1000: 3.0 @ 9.1 WNW

1100: 2.6 @ 9.1 WNW

1200: 3.0 @ 9.1 WNW

9' 10" Harbour 19 with 10" fin

Beaches: Sand bars

Waves: 1.3' @ 12.6 Storm Surf Buoy Model

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