If you've ever played video games you know that the fastest way to beat the game is to get enhancements to your character aka "cheat codes." These codes will give you extra powers like infinite health, super weapons, invisibility, etc. When it comes to stand up paddle surfing, I've got all the cheat codes. I can beat the game.
Take this morning for example. I went for a Wednesday morning redux except that there isn't any surf, not much that is. But on a SUP, like the name of Gerry Lopez' new book, "Surf Is Where You Find It." And you can find it anywhere and everywhere.
From the reefs to Scimi's and back I logged about two dozen waves. Small? Yes! Fun? Double Yes! Seeing as how there are a lot more "no surf" days than "surf" days...everything is better on a SUP.
Even though Dan here (doing a nice reverse take-off on his longboard) managed to get into a few waves, he was trapped by the kelp to one location. Me? I surfed half a dozen spots and got four times as many waves. Where were the shortboarders? A) At home in bed. B) At the lookout seeing nothing to surf C) Wishing they had a SUP!
Who'd of ever thought that cheatin' could feel so good!
May 9, 2008 (F)
AT= 47 to 55 degrees
WT= 49.3 degrees at the nearshore buoy
Tide: -0.64 Falling to -1.3, Rising to -1.2
Sea Surface: Glassy
Sporadic buoy data
0700: 8.2 feet @ 9.1 NW
0800: 7.5 feet @ 10 NW
1000: 6.6 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: 6.4 feet at 9 seconds from 310 degrees and .5 feet at 12 seconds from 170 degrees