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

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Very Near Shore Wind Swell

Even though the north-south gradient is weakening today, it blew enough yesterday to create some very near shore wind swell. About 9A the west-east gradient steepened and now we're getting a light but steady drumbeat of fairly chilly onshore wind under clear skies and a bright sun.

Lots of soft-tops and sprawlers in the water this morning all up and down the beach, stretched out like a dog lying in the morning sun. Couple good waves here and there. Especially like the shot of the SUP-er groveling, bareback and all in the 57 degree sea water. I thought he might be kind of warm until I saw him hop off, get wet, paddle back out and stand there in the not at all warm onshore breeze.

Here's the thing, I'd like to try a SUP, but in the warm know, like Hawaii. I can't find a SUP rental or teacher in Waikiki, but there is one in Santa Cruz. Go figure.

The land of aloha beckons like a mirage in the desert.

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