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

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Hunter Does SUP

It's pretty hard surfing with someone who has the unbridled enthusiasm of an Irish Setter coupled with the skills of a lifelong surfer, and not have fun.

This was Hunter's first time on a SUP and he made it look easy. It took me a month to get where he got in about fifteen minutes. We picked up the 10'8" Angulo Beachboy from Dave's back yard rack and headed down to Sarges. MikeyB was just getting out and he said it was going to be fun. It was.

Hunter took to SUPing like I thought he would...just processing all his 23 years of surfing experience into the moment and having fun. He got a ton of waves (the sequences is him) and had to get out for class before I did. I was joined by John and Goo just as Hunter was leaving. John got a nice late take-off in the small local windswell driven waves. Goo was coming off some downtime and did remarkably well considering.

Southwest wind came up strong enough at the end to where we were all having to paddle just to stay in one spot. Water's still cold...49 degrees at the CDIP buoy. Welcome to Spring. There may be one last gasp in the NPAC. If so the swell should make landfall within the next several days...just in time for the weekend. Weather's slated to heat up which will be a nice change from the thirty degree nights and forty degree mornings.

April 24, 2008 (Th)
In: 0920
Out: 1135
AT= 53 - 56 degrees
WT= 49.6 degrees at the nearshore buoy
Wx: Clear, sunny and calm to breezy
Tide: 0.11 Rising to 1.49
Wind: Calm to south/southwesterly at 9 mph
Sea Surface: Mostly glassy in the kelp to moderate wind texturing
Buoy: NWS
Sporadic buoy data
0900: 4.6 feet @ 9.1 WNW
1000: 5.2 feet @ 9.1 seconds WNW
1100: 5.6 feet @ 10 seconds WNW
1200: 5.9 feet @ 9.1 NW
10'4" Angulo SUP with Infinity paddle
Fin set-up: Thruster with Bluecoil 5.5" center fin and FCS Occy sides
Bathymetry: Rock reefs
CDIP: 4.2 feet at 9 seconds from 300 degrees and 0.6 feet at 12 seconds from 170 degrees

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