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

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Nothin' But Wind Swell I

Local wind swell is the name of the game this week. Four to seven feet at nine to ten seconds, NW or WNW...take your choice.

Paddled out at 0630, through Sarges and onto GDubs where Paul and Forrest were already milking a few low rollers in the kelp. Waves were small, knee to waist at best. Tide was rising, but not much of a boost from the tidal push was evident.

Paddled through Scimi's on my way to the point. Stopped and chatted with Michael. Good to see Nancy back out in the water. At 0645 a SE wind came up which was nice for the downwind paddle to the point. But I knew it would get me on the way home.

Point waves weren't all that bad considering there isn't much going on. Crowded as usual though, with not enough waves to go around. Paddle over to Shizizit Peak just to view the tops of the wave throw out over the reef. A couple guys out there but I just didn't want to fight the steep drops, even on the small waves. Steve and Whit were out back at the point so I SUP surfed with them for an hour or so before heading back to Sarge's for the take-out.

All in all got a bunch of small and soft waves (perfect for the SUP) and even managed to paddle into a nice peak with a hittable section down the line (that quickly faded into the equivalent of a fur lined toilet seat.) Soft and cushy. A decent 2.5 hour workout.
Aug 26, 2008 (Tu)
In: 0630
Out: 0830
AT= 54.1F to 55.6F
WT= 58.3F at the nearshore buoy
Wx: Light fog and overcast
Tide: 2.8 Rising to 3.8
Wind: Calm to moderate SE
Sea Surface: Light wind mottling with backwash from the cliffs
Buoy: NWS
0500: 7.5 feet @ 9.1 NW
0700: 7.5 feet @ 9.1 NW
1000: 8.5 feet @ 9.1 NW
10'4" Angulo SUP with Infinity Ottertail paddle
Fin set-up: Thruster with K2D2 4.75" center fin and FCS Occy sides
Bathymetry: Rock reefs
CDIP: (0700 hours) 6.2 feet at 9 seconds from 325 degrees and 1.0 feet at 14 seconds from 195 degrees

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