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

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Great Weather; Small Waves; High Tides

That title just about says it all. Except that I'm fighting off a nasty virus and a pinched nerve in my neck. Consensus from all my healers is that the neck thing is a return of one of my previous career injuries that tends to flare up now and again. There's some nerve involvement which has lead to some numbness and loss of function in my left hand so we're on it and utilizing all treatment modalities including massage, chiropractic, meds, x-rays, etc. Cool thing is that everyone is very positive and sure it will all come too.

And in this same vein, one of the guys I met at Sacred Craft lives here in NorCal and I ran into him at the beach the other day when I was checking surf. He was just finishing up a SUP session. Come to find out that he nearly drown about a year ago when he became completely paralyzed from the neck down after smacking his head against his board in a surfing accident. He was floating face down in the water when some fellow surfers rescued him and got him to shore. I was dumbfounded because he looked to be in perfect shape, and he said the only residual effect from the accident was some numbness in one of his hands. I was right in the middle of a conversation with another friend who I hadn't seen in a while so I had to cut our talk short. But I figure that if he came back from something that severe, I've got no worries. More on this later though, because it's a pretty interesting story.

Conditions here for the last two weeks have been nothing short of exquisite. Too bad there isn't some really good surf to go with it. Also, tides have been high during daylight hours which has just killed whatever little wind swells are in the water. There are surfable lines, but small and mostly available at the lower tides in the afternoons and evenings.

Been really getting into the forecasting lately and put together a nice list of data resources. It's just amazing what is available to us. Learning is endless.


  1. Are you planning to post the list of resources?

  2. KB,

    Send me an email and I'll send you the resources I have compiled to date.