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

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Windy West Swell

The first storm produced waves in a series of three rolled into town late last night, peaking sometime in the early morning hours. While lines were visible early on, the tide was trying it's best to kill it off. And with the moderate to heavy northwest winds, higher tide waves had not much of a chance.

It being Sunday and all, I headed out to my favorite spot, Yellow House, around 1:30P, at the ebb of the low tide. It needed all of that to produce, which it did, in the form of 2 - 4 foot peelers, most of which flattened out in the deep hole in the reef on the inside. But every once-in-a-while a more sizable set would roll through delivering up a 250-300 yard ride. I surfed YH for two hours and bagged about four of those, in addition to numerous smaller ones.

Around 2P Andy paddled out on the Waveyarder, then Keith came out on his Coffey Quad, then Greg on his 10-10 Surftech. People came and went and the crowd was small. Over at Sarge's though, the waves were bigger, more consistent and the spot was way too crowded. People were scattered across the playing field like bowling pins in an abandoned alley.

But after a couple hours Andy and I paddled over to take a wave in. I managed to paddle into my ride of the day just by lucking out, being in the right place at the right time. Hooked into a nice long wall for another 300 yard ride into Prow Point. Paddled back out after that stoker and took a couple smaller, shorter waves before calling it a day.

Sarge's could have been almost classic today had it not been for the excess human traffic. The solid offshores were holding up the faces, and when I got out of the water, the tide was perfect for the place. Even the less skilled surfers were able to get long, fast rides close to the curl in the 3-6 foot waves. All they had to do was hold on and go fast.
Nov 9, 2008 (Su)
In: 1330
Out: 1600
AT= 65F to 58F
WT= 57F
Wx: Partly cloudy
Tide: .93' Rising to 2.1'
Wind: Mostly NW (offshore) at 3-10 mph, with gusts up to 12
Sea Surface: Wind ripples
10-2 Angulo SUP with Infinity Ottertail paddle
Fin set-up: Thruster with K2D2 4.75" center fin and Future JC 460
Bathymetry: Rock reefs
CDIP: Deep Water Swell
1300: 12.5 feet @ 12 WNW (295 degrees-NPAC) and 0 @ 0 (SPAC)
1400: 10.0 feet @ 14 WNW (290 degrees-NPAC) and 0.8 @ 17 SSW (205 degrees-SPAC)
1500: 13.5 feet @ 12 WNW (280 degrees-NPAC) and 0.3 @ 20 S (190 degrees-SPAC)
1600: 12.5 feet @ 12 NW (300 degrees-NPAC) and 0.8 @ 17 SSW (205 degrees-SPAC)
CDIP: Wave Face Heights
1300: 4-8 feet
1400: 4-6 feet
1500: 4-8 feet
1600: 4-6 feet

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