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

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Winter? What Winter?

Today's lack of surf was made up for by perfect paddling weather. I hit the water at 10 'til Noon and paddled for an hour and a half in drop dead gorgeous weather and glassy conditions. The only negative was the copious kelp beds. This stuff just keeps growing. As the tide dropped it would have been impossible to surf at GW's. The waves were too small and the kelp too copious.

Having not been in the water for a week, I had a great paddle up to the point. I poached a couple waves there, and then paddled back, bagging a nice one at Tres 8's and another little ripper at Casa Roja. But surfing was just icing on the cake. I was out for some exercise and a sweet paddle in a sweeter day. Had to peel down the 4/3 to my waist on the downwind paddle back home...sweatin' like a big boy. Even bare footin' it couldn't keep me cooled down.

Michael and Sam were out, taking in the great weather and enjoying the day and the casual exercise on the SUPs. Angulophiles all, me and Sam on our 10-2's and Mike on his 11-8.

We'll have to get it while we can because the cold weather is coming. Weekend forecast calls for dropping temps and even some snow flurries at the 2K-3K elevations. Probably get a light dusting in the mountains.

So far, the weather this year has been unparalleled. Weather forecasters say we're at 40% of normal rainfall. Maybe we'll catch up in the next week.
Dec 10, 2008 (W)
In: 1151
Out: 1315
AT= 60F to 63F
WT= 55F
Wx: Clear and sunny with some high wispy clouds
Tide: 1.2' Falling to -0.46
Wind: Light from the southwest
Sea Surface: Mostly glassy with very light wind ripple occasionally
10-2 Angulo SUP with Infinity Ottertail paddle
Fin set-up: Thruster with K2D2 4.75" center fin and Future FJC1
Bathymetry: Reefs
CDIP: Deep Water Swell
1100: 2.8 feet @ 11 WNW (295 degrees-NPAC) and 1.4 @ 12.0 S (190 degrees-SPAC)
1200: 3 feet @ 11 WNW (285 degrees-NPAC) and 1.2 @ 14.0 S (180 degrees-SPAC)
1300: 2.7 feet @ 11 WNW (300 degrees-NPAC) and 1.4 @ 12.0 S (190 degrees-SPAC)
CDIP: Wave Face Heights
1100: 1-2 feet
1200: 1-2 feet
1300: 1-2 feet
Buoy: NWS (Nearshore)
1100: 2 feet @ 11.8 W
1200: 2 feet @ 11.1 W
1300: 2 feet @ 11.1 W

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