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

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Paddle Redux

Michelle and I paddled out at Sarge's on a paddle redux from yesterday, except the weather was superbly Fall. Cooler air has replaced the upper layer, stopping the marine layer dead in it's tracks. The high clouds started to thin after we hit the pond like Pacific on initial entry, then the stratus stayed patchy for almost the entire session.

Ran into Mash, MikeyB and Andy on the paddle out. Even had a chance to get my Geek on by taking my pool thermometer out with me. I've been wanting to check the surf spot water temp vs. the nearshore buoy water temps. Verdict...about one degree difference between the two. I'd call the nearshore buoy accurate.

When we paddled out to the point and back there was not one soul in the water. The entire playing field, from Sarges to the point was empty of people. How cool is that? Lot's of sea life in the water: flights of pelicans; rafts of sea otters; random fowl everywhere. With the absence of cloud cover, the solar gain soon had us peeling down our wetsuits, enjoying the gentle heat of the morning sun.

Surf is super small, even smaller than yesterday, yielding no rides. I didn't try very hard though, spent most of my time admiring the day and chatting with Michelle. This is about her third or fourth time out so I moved her down to the 10-2 Angulo from the 10-10, which she had absolutely no trouble paddling. The board was made for her as she had it in perfect trim her whole ride. She preferred my ottertail Infinity paddle to the wider blade Kialoa Kole, as do I, and we both love the lightweight carbon fiber. Now it's time to put those extra quarters in the piggy bank and start saving for that board and paddle purchase that is sure to come down the road.
Nov 20, 2008 (Th)
In: 0835
Out: 0945
AT= 57F to 58F
WT= 55F
Wx: Sunny and partly cloudy
Tide: 3.2' Falling to 2.7' (approx.)
Wind: Calm to light variable winds
Sea Surface: Glassy, flat and smooth
10-2 Angulo SUP with Infinity Ottertail paddle
Fin set-up: Thruster with K2D2 4.75" center fin and Future FJC1
Bathymetry: Rock reefs
CDIP: Deep Water Swell
0800: 0.9 feet @ 9 NNW (330 degrees-NPAC) and 1.3 @ 12 S (180 degrees-SPAC)
0900: 1.4 feet @ 8 NW (315 degrees-NPAC) and 1.1 @ 12 SSW (210 degrees-SPAC)
1100: 1.9 feet @ 17 WNW (300 degrees-NPAC) and 1.2 @ 12 S (175 degrees-SPAC)
1100: 2.3 feet @ 17 NW (310 degrees-NPAC) and 1.2 @ 14 S (185 degrees-SPAC)
CDIP: Wave Face Heights
0800: 1-2 feet
0900: 1-2 feet
1000: 1-2 feet
1100: 1-2 feet


  1. Hey, if you know of anyone interested in an ottertail, i'd sell mine, since I came to prefer the regular shaped paddles to the slim. 33% off Steve's price, around $200, plus shipping. It's not the full carbon one but the other, which is what Steve recommended I get ...

  2. Hey ef,

    Check your email, I think Michele might be interested.