Met up with Ed and Andy at Dogpatch in San-O. I got there early and first, and there was already an unpleasant southeast wind blowing, putting up light chop on the sea surface. There was a noticeable change in the weather going on and our hopes for a super sunny Santa Ana vacation were soon gone.
Shortly after Ed and Andy arrived, a bunch of
stand up paddle surfers, anxious to try the new Angulos showed up. Luis, Jed, Bob and Andy all took turns trying out the new boards, and to a man they were stoked. Bob and Gary bought boards on the spot. Andy took them off the trailer, put the deck pads on, they cut out the hand holds and went surfing. Very cool.
We surfed San-O all day. The wind only got worse although there was no shortage of rideable (sort of) swell in the water. Conditions were really challenging and when I first paddled out, although I had no trouble standing and paddling on my board in the bumpy sea, I could not adjust to the bumpy, cross-wave, double wave-face takeoffs, that were routinely humiliating me as I fell time and time again. I felt like I'd never done this before. Exceedingly frustrating!
Finally after about a half dozen waves I started to get a feel for these kinds of conditions and managed to start surfing. By that time I was really pissed, and determined to get it together, so I guess you could say it was all good. Which in a way, it was. Challenging conditions make us better if we stick with it, and I wasn't about to let this "opportunity" do me in.
After my session, I hung out on the beach with different folks, talking about the new boards. So, actually I surfed in the worst surfing window of the day, after everyone else had taken turns riding the new boards. Around 2PM the wind backed down a little bit, and Ed, Andy and Gary went back out for their second session. By that time I was just coming in, and was pretty tired. One thing for sure, it lends new perspective to have a nuclear power plant for land side background.
Headed back to the motel around 4P, followed by Ed and Andy. Ed is a major sports and Dodgers fan, so we had dinner at Yogi's in Cardiff, home to 10,000 TV's all blasting the Phillys v. Dodgers game. but we all had a good time, talking over the day's events, stoked that the new boards had received such a positive reception from the surfers.
Tomorrow we surf Cardiff.
Friday, October 10
Andy and I were out the door for coffee at 0600. We brought Ed back his wake-up dose and headed out for Cardiff Reef. Once again conditions were lousy, but there was a small windswell still moving some waves ashore. After all, how often do I get to surf with Ed Angulo? I'll take all I can get. Not only is Ed fun to hang out with, but he's a veritable history of surfboarding, wind surfing and stand up paddleboarding, all rolled into one guy. And, he's a super nice guy. Oh yeah...he knows a lot about baseball too.
The wind was still on it from the southeast, putting a pretty unstable bump on the sea surface. Not as bad as San-O in the afternoon yesterday though. There was sand bar runing longitudinally to the beach which put up a hefty shore pound during sets. It's always worst when "you're" paddling out right? So, I finally just gave up trying to crash the white water on my feet, and just tucked my paddle under my chest and prone paddled out to the line-up. Why didn't I think of that sooner says I? Much less tiring.
Tom English was out in the water on his stand up quad. I've read a lot of Tom's posts on the Stand Up Zone and it was good to finally meet him in person. He's another really nice guy and a good SUP'er.
Andy and Ed were on the 10-10 and 11-11 respectively, and as far as I could see they got the stand up wave(s) of the day. Sweet long walls into the shore break. We surfed for a couple hours and then opted for breakfast at Pipes in Cardiff. Then back to the Moonlight Beach Motel 'cause after all, the game was starting in a hour. We set up the Angulo booth at the Sacred Craft Expo this afternoon.