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

Monday, November 3, 2008

Quick Session In Between Storms

The surf yesterday (Sunday) afternoon was 6-8 feet, raw, lumpy and bumpy. Perfect post storm surf conditions. Swell was swinging in way West, completely missing the first peak at Scimi's and Tres 8's, and the point was a jumbled mess from a brisk SW wind.

Checked all my internet forecasting resources and it looked like there might be a surfable space, in something like halfway clean conditions this morning. There was. I paddled out at Sarges at 0618. Jamie was on it, and I'd already seen him get one ride that was OK. Wind was light and offshore. Seas were much better than Sunday afternoon, but still on the post-storm chop side.

I decided to paddle up coast to GDubs as no one was on it, and some fairly consistent peelers were coming through. Caught three waves at GW's before Greg paddled out. Surfed with him for almost an hour before three short boarders arrived. By then the south wind was starting to whisper, and the sea surface was looking more like the current storm in the outer waters was heading our way. Greg bailed for work and I took a wave back down to Sarges where things were looking pretty lumpy, and the south wind was getting serious.

Took one in after standing around for a while, and called it a day. Conditions are looking good to cleaning up for the rest of the week as the swell backs down. High tides in the morning could kill it, but later in the week some late afternoon sessions might be in order. With daylight savings time over, dawn patrol is again an option (although tides are high in the morning all November and into December) but on the other end, it's starting to get dark really early.

NOTE: Data notation change. I'm going to start using the CDIP data instead of the data directly from the NDBC. CDIP is initialized by NDBC data, but the models includes deep water swell AND wave face sizes. More efficient, and I like the graphics.
Nov 3, 2008 (M)
In: 0618
Out: 0805
AT= 52F to 54F
WT= 57F at the nearshore buoy
Wx: Overcast with some very small patches of clear sky
Tide: 3.8' Rising to 4.0'
Wind: Calm to light SE
Sea Surface: Bumpy with backwash chop
10'2" Angulo SUP with Infinity Ottertail paddle
Fin set-up: Thruster with K2D2 4.75" center fin and Future JC 460 sides
Bathymetry: Rock reefs
CDIP: Deep Water Swell
Data not available
CDIP: Wave Face Heights
Data not available
Buoy: NWS
0600: 11.5 feet @ 12.1 NW
0700: 10.8 feet @ 12.1 WNW
0800: 9.8 feet @ 12.1 WNW
0900: 8.5 feet @ 12.1 WNW

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