Wednesday, January 2, 2008
All Paddle; Still Play
The waves today were the smallest it's been since we took Leo SUPing on December 16. Definitely the calm before the storm. The weather is holding (not for long), nice and warm. I figured it was a good day for a long paddle, a coastal cruise. I swapped out my Infinity surfing paddle for the Kialoa Kole with the 9.5" blade. I definitely noticed the difference and enjoyed the lightness of the carbon fiber as well as the more substantial catch and stroke. Great for slow cadence stroking and cruising while keeping up the momentum (glide) with less energy expenditure.
I launched from a popular point beachbreak and headed toward Holy Cross. I turned around at Punta Negra and headed back for the point and beyond, and whatever came my way. The sea surface was rolling, with the easterly wind swell still active. The east wind was blowing too and I didn't really feel it on the downwind run to Negra. But it was in my face all the way back until I rounded the point, then it let up.
Water visibility today was even better than yesterday. I was looking down into 20 feet of clear blue/green water. Sea stars, anemones, rock fish, a ray, and kelp stalks tied to the rock reefs below were only a few items in the visual feast. It's such a trip to be paddling over the places you usually surf, and to see every feature, nook and cranny of the bottom contour. Bathymetry. It really becomes obvious when you're looking right at it. The view from the SUP is remarkable.
Only a handful of laydown surfers out this morning. With the lowering tide, the few but usual peaks that were breaking with the small swell were jacking up and lip launching the unsuspecting and unprepared. I paddled all along the point breaks, enjoying the view to shore, to sea and under my feet. I was having such a good time that I lost track of time...always a mystical pleasure.
By the time I headed back the east wind had become the south wind and was in my face again. The swell was slowly picking up in advance of the inevitable, strong storm winds. I had been on the water, moving non-stop for two hours. What a workout!
January 2, 2008 (W)
1st Wave: n/a
Wave count: n/a
AT= 55 - 56 degrees
WT= 52 degrees at the farshore buoy
Wx: Mostly sunny with advancing storm cloud cover
Tide: 2.0 Falling to .9
Wind: ENE at 1 mph to South @ 2 mph
Sea Surface: Rolling with mottled wind chatter
1000: 3.3 @ 16 WNW
1100: 3.6 @ 17.4 WNW
1200: 3.6 @ 16 WNW
1300: 3.6 @ 16 WNW
10'4" Angulo SUP with Kialoa Kole paddle
Waves: 1.7' @ 14 seconds (Nearshore buoy approx. ave.) Storm Surf Buoy Model