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

Monday, December 29, 2008

Nice Paddle; Minimal Surf

Flat again, but a nice, sunny day for a long paddle, part rehab, part staying in shape.

Pushed off from the pocket beach headed to the point. Surf was small, very small and inconsistent. The point had the only consistent rideable waves and that was stretching it. In addition, it was packed. School's out but surf school is in, or at least it looked like it.

I hung a 180 at the point and headed out to sea for an offshore paddle down to Chapeauville. Was sweatin' like a soaker hose inside my 4/3 which I had put on after seeing what I thought was a set of decent waves at Sarges. It was, but it was the only one I saw in two plus hours.

Diddled around at main peak for a while, trying to catch some teeny fatties that rolled into about six inches of water before breaking. Then headed back to Sarges. Snapped a shot of the tree with the sun behind art quotient for the day. Grabbed a couple ankle snappers at YH before hooking into the only bona fide wave I saw all day. It had to be real 'cause the wind just blew through my hair for the whole ride. Other than that, the ankle snappers just put you into the kelp line.

After the two hour, three and a half mile pleasure paddle, I'd had enough and disengaged via the cold water walk across the low tide grassy reef as the afternoon light began fading towards dusk.
Dec 29, 2008 (M)
In: 1420
Out: 1630
AT= 54F
WT= 54F
Wx: Partly cloudy
Tide: 1.8' Falling to 0.0
Wind: Southeast 4-6 mph to calm
Sea Surface: Mostly glassy with some light wind chatter
10-2 Angulo SUP with Infinity Ottertail paddle
Fin set-up: Thruster with K2D2 4.75" center fin (second mark up from back) and Future FJC1
Bathymetry: Reefs
Deep Water Swell and Wave Face Heights CDIP Archive
Buoy: NWS (Nearshore)
1400: 2.6 feet @ 12.5 WNW
1500: 3.0 feet @ 10.5 WNW
1600: 2.6 feet @ 11.1 WNW
1700: 2.6 feet @ 12.5 WNW

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