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

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Winter Comes On As Swell Fades Away


Crisp and cool morning temps are in effect. And with the time change, surfing after 5:45P or so requires night vision goggles. The Fall tides have conspired to harass the surf at their pleasure, and unless the swell is booming, heavily swamped and flooded, fat rolling waves have to be infiltrated by the clandestine clean waves in the set.

I paddled out late at Sarges, having waited all day for the lowering tide. Waves would have been much faster and steeper had the tide been under two feet. Conditions this afternoon/evening were excellent. Smooth water and a light offshore wind (which blew all day). Even the post storm wind swell was decent, putting up 2-4 foot waves from the northwest at 10 second intervals.

After a short session at Yellow House, I paddled back upcoast to Sarges and surfed mostly by myself until it got too dark (for these old eyes) to see. The best set waves were delivering long rides across the pocket beach, and past the nudie beach, all capped by a mesmerizingly beautiful paddle back into the lineup, in panoramic view of another full throated, technicolor sunset. With winter temps approaching, the slight smell of wood smoke from the first fireplace blazes was noticeable in the land swept, offshore breezes.

CDIP data is back online. In the course of an email exchange with one of their reps I got treated to a look at some of their next updates. Awesome! Check the link Corey sent here. If you're into this kind of stuff, spend some time clicking around on the CDIP website. It will open up a whole 'nother world of interactive and relevant surfing related info.
Nov 4, 2008 (Tu)
In: 1625
Out: 1745
AT= 58F to 54F
WT= n/a
Wx: Partly cloudy
Tide: 3.6' Falling to 2.1'
Wind: NW (offshore) at 2 mph, with gusts up to 11
Sea Surface: Light 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: 6.1 feet @ 10 NW (305 degrees-NPAC) and 1.7 @ 12 S (180 degrees-SPAC)
1800: 8.0 feet @ 10 NW (315 degrees-NPAC) and 1.1 @ 12 SW (225 degrees-SPAC)
1900: 6.7 feet @ 10 NW (305 degrees-NPAC) and 1.2 @ 14 S (190 degrees-SPAC)
2000: 6.7 feet @ 11 NW (310 degrees-NPAC) and 1.2 @ 14 S (170 degrees-SPAC)
CDIP: Wave Face Heights
1300: 2-3 feet
1800: 2-4 feet
1900: 2-4 feet
2000: 2-4 feet

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