Thank God the wind wasn't up today. Record high temps and a series of arson fires along Highway 1 worked together to create a 1,000 acre vegetation fire (Trabing Fire)that so far has taken nine homes and burned them to the ground. We prepared for evac as our house is a scant two miles from the current evacuation area. But by night fall, firefighters had contained the spread of the wildland fire, and were working on taking out the hot spots and stucture fires that were still burning. For now we are standing down and breathing a little easier. Tomorrow will have high temps once again, but ground units are already in place, and both fixed wing and rotary aircraft have been ordered "early up" and will be on scene by 8AM. We'll pray for their continued success and be thankful for yet another courageous and heroic effort, the third major fire fight in four weeks.
Almost as an afterthought (although I must confess that I packed all my surf stuff and my SUP was ready for evac asap should we get the call) surf was a bit smaller today and very sectiony. I got two long rides and that was it in three and a half hours. I started at Yellow House and ended up at Stairways where I got a number of short, steep and fast walls. Again conditions were spectacular and warm. Water temps cold but warming.
MikieB was out on his new 10'7" Surftech Takayama (no pad, therefore the booties and very light wax coat). And for those who don't believe I actually exist, Jamie provides the proof. Also included, photographic evidence that this was yet another beautiful morning in God's creation.
Forecast is for a new south swell this afternoon/evening. That forecast swell appears to be filling in now, and I'm planning a dawn patrol surf before the Jay Race in the morning.
June 20, 2008 (F)
AT= 58.4 - 72.8 degrees
WT= 54 degrees at the nearshore buoy
Wx: Clear and sunny with high wispy coulds
Tide: -0.27 Falling to -0.70, Rising to -0.21
Wind: Offshore 1 - 4 mph
Sea Surface: Glassy to light wind ripples
0500: 3.3 feet @ 16 SSW
0600: 3.6 feet @ 14.8 S
0700: 3.6 feet @ 14.8 SSW
0800: 3.3 feet @ 16 S
0900: 3.6 feet @ 14.8 SSW
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: (0600 hours) 0.8 feet at 9 seconds from 310 degrees and 2.8 feet at 17 seconds from 180 degrees