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

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Sunny and Hot with Weak NPAC Wind Swell

It felt good to get back out on the SUP, even if the waves were small and swamped by the high tide. The launch at Sarges was sunny and clear with sun diamonds sparkling off the surface of the sea. The wind did funny things. While blowing predominantly southwest from the Point, it was blowing from the southeast in Sarges pocket cove, only about a mile away.

The paddle up to the Point was calm and peaceful. I picked up one wave at Scimi's, and another at Tres 8's before the non-stop paddle to La Jolla's. You could clearly see the wind line just offshore. There was a two foot roll in the water out there, and I had to stabilize in the kelp beds to take pictures. No white caps though.

The paddle back in a following sea is always more enjoyable to me, even if you can't see the swells coming. It's just a wee bit more mellow. Construction work is still going on big time as the workers armor the cliff against any further erosion. The County finally realized that since surfing is a multi-million dollar business that brings scads of revenue into the community, they'd better make sure the surfing areas stick around for a while. The surfers weren't all that happy with the armoring idea, thinking it would change the waves. No one knows for sure. It just might one of these days, although it's hard to imagine.

I picked off a couple of backwash battered bumps at GDubs before paddling the final leg to the take out at Sarges. No one around today really. One 40-something "babe" on the beach and a couple boogers at the pocket cove point break.

Weather tonight is tropical and humid. Taint dragged up from the remnants of TS Ignacio. I love this weather, but it won't last long.

Note: All the pics taken today were with the new Olympus Stylus Tough 6000. Since I just got the camera as a replacement for my old Oly a few weeks ago, and the surf has been so flat, I haven't had a chance to use it a lot. After a brief screw-up with the default exposure setting on the camera, it's set-up like I'll use it. So far, not bad.

August 27, 2009 (Th)
In: 1345
Out: 1500
AT= 68.7 to 74F
WT= 57.4F
Wx: Clear and sunny with some high scattered clouds
Tide: 4.24' Rising to 4.8'
Wind: Light to light moderate from the SE and SW
Sea Surface: Glassy to light wind ripples with some rolling wind chop
10-0 Angulo EPS/Epoxy Custom SUP with Infinity Ottertail carbon fiber paddleFin set-up: Thruster with K2D2 4.75" center fin (fourth mark up from back) and RFC Speedwings
Bathymetry: Rock reefs and sand
Deep Water Swell and Wave Face Heights CDIP Archive
Buoy: NWS (Farshore*)
Time NDBC Data (approx.) CDIP Data
1300: 4.3 feet @ 12.1 NW (320 and 175) (1-3 ft. wave faces)
1400: 4.6 feet @ 10.0 NW (315 and 175) (1-3 ft. wave faces)
1500: 4.3 feet @ 16.0 S (320 and 170) (1-3 ft. wave faces)
1600: 3.9 feet @ 14.8 SSW (320 and 170) (1-3 ft. wave faces)
NOTE: None of the south swell was registering as rideable on the nearshore buoy.

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