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

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Small But Fun Insiders

Colder this morning as a high level trough with lots of cold air passes across Norcal. Out in the early morning dawn at 0644, bypassed the usual spots and headed for the Point. Not much in the way of waves but the Point had a few. I stayed out of everyone's way and picked off ten riderless insiders in 40 minutes before making the long paddle back to Sarge's. Mash and Michael were SUPing at GW's.

On my way back to GW's I stopped by the mysterious Hobie 18 that has been tied up in the kelp all summer long. There is a dinghy anchored about thirty feet from the Hobie. Nothing out there though. The seagulls have been hanging out in the dinghy and it's full of wet bird shit. Nothing on the cat. Sails are furled and bagged. The mystery continues. I wonder if it will survive the first big storm unless someone moves it?

I wasn't at GW's for long before we all decided to call it a morning and M and M picked up a couple nice ones as they headed in. I got caught inside and fell off backwards through the whitewater of the breaking first wave. It was only half a dunking as I managed to half-way recover. But it wasn't good enough to get any of the waves in that set. I paddled in waveless. C'est la vie.

SUPing was good practice today. Not only did I pick off a number of insiders at the Point, but the higher tide, kelp combo made for good balancing practice. If the kelp didn't try and get you the sideways backwash bump did. That's one of the great things about SUPing...there's always something to do!
October 4, 2007 (Th)
In: 0644
1st Wave: 0707
Out: 0815
Wave count: 10
Wx: Clear and bright with high thin clouds
Tide: 4.5 Rising to 4.4' Falling
Wind: Light and chilly offshores
Sea Surface: Lightly textured with backwash bump
Buoy: NWS
0400: 5.9 @ 10.8 NW
0700: 5.5 @ 11.4 NW
0800: 4.3 @ 12.1 NW
0900: 4.3 @ 12.9 NW
10'4" Angulo SUP
Reefs: Rock and sand
Waves: 3.7' @ 12.3 (approx. ave.) Storm Surf Buoy Model

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