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

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Re-entry Paddle Day

Mike and I had a nice paddle from Chapeauville to the point and back. Cool temps this morning punctuated with overcast skies and the return of Fall weather.

It felt good to get back in the water, and my rib didn't bother me until about 3/4's of the way back from the paddle. But I'd chased down a couple waves at the point, fell off once and had a pretty good rehab intro back into SUPing for only a week off. Tomorrow a paddle with Michelle if she's up for it, then maybe some waves on Friday.

The "kelp cutter" was in the water, close to the point too. So Mike and I paddled out to it, and had a little chat with the workers on the boat. They were gathering "food" for the commercial ab farms north of town. The kelp is so thick this year I wish there were 50 boats working the kelp beds for the next week. That might put a minor dent in the vegetation. Scimi's and Gdubs are simply overrun with the salty sea garden perennial. There is nothing to indicate that the beds will be thinned in the near future unless we get back to back very large storms and/or swells. And that looks remote for the near future and unlikely for the season if the long range forecasts are at all accurate. Let's hope that changes.
Nov 19, 2008 (W)
In: 0845
Out: 1045
AT= 49F to 50F
WT= 55F
Wx: High overcast
Tide: 3' Falling slightly and then back up to 3'
Wind: Calm to light northeasterlies
Sea Surface: Mostly glassy in the kelp
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: 2.7 feet @ 10 WNW (305 degrees-NPAC) and .9 @ 14 S (190 degrees-SPAC)
0900: 2.9 feet @ 10 NW (320 degrees-NPAC) and 1.1 @ 12 S (180 degrees-SPAC)
1000: 2.7 feet @ 9 NW (315 degrees-NPAC) and 1.1 @ 14 S (170 degrees-SPAC)
1100: 3.1 feet @ 10 WNW (310 degrees-NPAC) and 1.3 @ 14 S (175 degrees-SPAC)
CDIP: Wave Face Heights
0800: 1-2 feet
0900: 1-2 feet
1000: 1-1 feet
1100: 1-2 feet

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