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

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Hot Wx Fading; Surf About The Same

I gotta get out more. While I didn't surf today (I tweaked my hamstring on my last wave yesterday, not bad enough to be non-ambulatory but needing some therapy) waves in town appeared to be about the same. The best spots had some good waves in the head high plus range. But the beaches heading towards Mo-Town were out of control.

San$ was putting up double to 3X overhead sets in closing out, victory at sea conditions. The shore pound looked like Ehukai Beach Park. It was death conditions, assuming you could even make it out, and there were no takers except one guy on a soft-top who made it about 25 feet before being lunched.

The fog is starting to make it's way back into the Bay and the cool down is soon to follow. Me and the missus drove home via Plattys just to check it and I wasn't surprised to see that while the swell was showing, it was significantly stunted compared to San$. Just the way the swell was angling into the Bay gave all the power and punch to the beaches which were pretty much unsurfable, especially after the light wind conditions of yesterday vanished today.

Hope this coastal battering doesn't ruin the sand bars for the guys that have been longboarding Sunrise Beach these last few weeks.
May 17, 2008 (Sa)
AT= 53 to 71 degrees (24 hours)(in C-Town)
WT= 54.5 degrees at the nearshore buoy
Wx: Sunny and breezy winds at the beaches
Tide: Low in the morning; slack at mid-afternoon
Wind: 6 to 10 mph at max from East/ESE (in town)
Sea Surface: Totally wind blown at the beaches
Buoy: NWS
1300: 6.2 feet @ 11.4 WNW
1400: 5.9 feet @ 14.8 W
1500: 6.6 feet @ 12.9 WNW
1600: 6.2 feet @ 13.8 WNW
1700: 6.2 feet @ 12.9 WNW
CDIP: 7.1 feet at 14 seconds from 295 degrees and 0.8 feet at 14 seconds from 200 degrees


  1. Hey Gary,

    We had some great waves today at Sarge's. I brought the whole family down and we spent about 4 hours having a perfect Santa Cruz day. I was heading out for session number two when Wingnut pointed out that In Betweens was starting to break and nobody was out. I paddled over, surfed non-stop waves until I could hardly stand anymore. Thanks for the tip Wingnut! I love this place!

  2. Magic! I love these gifts and how great to be able to enjoy it with your whole family too. These are the most special days, living in a time and place so beautiful. And to get good waves uncrowded on a Sunday? The icing on the cake!