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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Wind Swell/Chop Dominate

Not much goin' on. Winter is pretty much over, and it won't go down in the history books for anything except being pretty bleak surf wise. Even our first south swell was weak, missing most of the eastside, and a lot of the westside because of the steep swell angle.

Last weekends/Monday's "blast" of Gulf swell was short lived and accompanied by lot's of wind chop from the first of the many Spring time north westerlies. (There were some fun looking waves for the 23rd Annual Kayak and First SUP Contest though.) What we've got now is just local wind swell full of waves trying to be waves breaking too close together or not at all. Town is small and the beaches are hardly organized. Water temps are starting to head down as a result of the wind and upwelling. We basked in "toasty" 54 degree water almost all winter, now we're into the 50-52 degree range.

I checked three places this morning, including two beach breaks before deciding just to go for a paddle. The NWS missed the fog which was pretty thick yesterday morning, and then an overcast fog this morning until about 1030, when it finally burned off.

Set out from Sarges and paddled to the Point and back, catching a few uber-low energy waves here and there. Seemed like nothin' but surf schools and beginners out. But it felt good to get back in the water after a week off.

On the upside, I didn't miss any good waves while painting and preparing my soon-to-be-born first grand daughter's room at my son's house. So there was a major silver lining to this lack of good surf dark cloud.

Mar 26, 2009 (Th)
In: 0912
Out: 1040
AT= 51F to 53F
WT= 52.2F
Wx: High fog
Tide: 3.4' Rising to 4.2'
Wind: Light onshore
Sea Surface: Glassy to light wind ripples with some light backwash bump
10-0 Angulo EPS/Epoxy Custom SUP with Infinity Ottertail carbon fiber paddle
Fin set-up: Thruster with K2D2 4.75" center fin (fourth mark up from back) and Future Fiberglass YU (actual fin not shown)
Bathymetry: Sand bars
Deep Water Swell and Wave Face Heights CDIP Archive
Buoy: NWS (Nearshore)
0900: 2.0 feet @ 10.5 WNW (1 - 2 ft. faces)
0930: 2.0 feet @ 10.5 WNW
1000: 2.3 feet @ 10.5 WNW (1 - 2 ft.)
1030: 1.6 feet @ 11.1 WNW
1100: 2.0 feet @ 11.1 WNW (1 - 2 ft.)

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