Monday, August 14, 2017

Sunday August 13, 2017

Sunday's swim report is by Tom Lorish

Avila report for Sunday August 13, 2017 – from TOM.

It was pretty socked in today at Avila – a solid marine layer.  The water was calm with small waves rolling in.  Swimming today was Duke, Heidi, Paula & Sue (sans wetsuits), Karen, Leslie, Tom, and a woman whose name I did not catch.  Duke’s daughter, Nikki was there as paddle support.

The water felt colder than the 57 degrees Heidi’s watch reported, but there you go.  We swan to the first buoy, turned left and headed out to fossil point.  After passing the last buoy on the way the point, the red funk made itself known.  By the time we got to the point, it was well known.  I was told this was ‘nothing compared the last Wednesday.’

About half way through the swim, the sun poked through.  There was quite a bit of sea bird activity – based on my understanding of pelican, I believe they were organizing a possible interspecies bait ball for later in the day, but who knows.

All in all, another good day swimming in the ocean

Avila report for Sunday August 13, 2017 – from DUKE.

Sunday's open water swim turned out to be Ladies Day, with only two dudes invited to attend (Duke & Tom). We were missing a number of our regulars but present were Heidi, Leslie and Hillary with Sue strolling up as well. In addition we had a Kona Legend,  Karen  (25 time plus Kona Iron Man) and a cameo appearance by Paula D.  (who I became aware was one of our charter members from the 90's). My daughter Nikki, visiting from Seattle accompanied us as well with a SUP. The water was reported is 61° fairly calm but unfortunately with remanence of a bit a red tide. The route was first bouy to the point and back along the bouyline. A route that all chose to do with no alterations. Once completed Rick and Rhonda showed for their weekly Sunday beach time until about 1:30 when all those remaining decided to call it a day. In general pretty good water, very nice weather and great conversations.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Wednesday Evening, August 9, 2017

Hilary, Heidi and Niel swam this evening. The conditions were beautiful except for the red tide. The water felt really warm to me. Heidi's temp watch said 61 degrees but I would have guessed 65. It was flat with a small SW swell, the same conditions that we had last Wednesday when we had red tide conditions.  We swam east, parallel to the beach, down to Fossil Point and back. 

Hilary and Heidi getting in. The water was a yucky color and cloudy.

Hilary and Heidi at the 4th buoy.

Hilary, Niel and Heidi at the point.

After we got out it looked like bait fish in the shallows but it was bubbles that were lasting long enough to catch the setting sun. I'd never seen this before. 


Sunday, August 6, 2017

Sunday, August 6. 2017

We had wonderful conditions and a big group today. It was sunny, warm and windless with the usual Avila 2 to 3 foot surf. The best part was that the SW swell that had been with us earlier in the week was gone and with it the red tide. The water was a beautiful color with good visibility and warm at 64.5 degrees F or 18.056 degrees C. 
Swimming today were Niel, Sylvia, Stephanie, Heidi, Sarah, Sam, Sydney, Tom, Rob, Jonny, Duke, Hillary, John, Sue, Peter, Pete and Maria. Also two or three of Sarah's lifeguards joined us but I didn't get their names.  
With this many people we has several different swims; one group swam down the beach, over to the Cal Poly Pier, to the Avila Pier and in while there were one or two shorter versions.   

Sydney, Duke, Sam and Rob at the last buoy at the creek mouth.

Tom 'Waterspout' Lorish and Hillary at the same spot

Duke, Sydney, Sam, Tom and Hillary at the Cal Poly Pier.

A number of people would like to swim this Wednesday evening at 6. I'll be there and I how most of them can join me.

I won't be swimming next Sunday of Wednesday of the following week so Duke will be the Beachmaster. Give him the respect that he deserves.  ;-)


Friday, August 4, 2017

Wednesday Evening, August 2, 2017

A Surprise Quest Swimmer Dropped In Wednesday Evening!

Rob Dumouchel, A.K.A. Aqua Thor
Tanking a break from his graduate studies in Arcata

The water was 62 degrees and glassy with a SW swell making 3' waves with an occasional 4 to 5 footer.  The water was a ugly brown/green. I don't know why but it didn't taste funny.
Hillary and I swam a different short and relaxing route. 

Rob will join us on Sunday for another immersion before returning to the gray and fridge north.


Sunday, July 30, 2017

Sunday, July 31, 2017

Duke's Swim

Duke wanted to go long today so he proposed a route that would provide plenty of places for people to do something less than the 2.25 miles he was up for. 
Duke, Niel, Sylvia, Heidi, Leslie, Tom, Hillary, Jeff, Sara, Ben, Sue and John. At the start it was overcast with no certainty of clearing. There was no wind but there was a current and small swell from the SW courtesy of a storm off of Baja. The water temperature was 62 F / 16.667 C.  We had 12 people in the water at the start. Sylvia would do her usual individual swim. The rest of us did a triangle to the buoy at the creek mouth. Duke, Niel, John, Hillary and Heidi swam over to our usual rendezvous point along the Cal Poly Pier. John headed back to the buoy line, making his swim about 1.5 miles. Duke, Niel Heidi and Hillary swam to the end of the Cal Poly Pier, to the end of the Avila Pier and in to the beach for 2.3 miles. 

The group getting formed up at the first buoy. 

Hillary, I'm not sure, Tom, Leslie, Sue and Duke at the end of the buoy line.

John, Jeff, Heidi and Hillary at the end of the Avila Pier.

Heidi, Duke Hillary and John at the creek mouth, ready to head over to the Cal Poly Pier.

Hillary, John, Heidi and Duke at the Cal Poly Pier. 
Heidi says 'we're going that-a-way'. 

Hillary and Duke off to the far end of the Cal Poly Pier, 
which is about 600 M further out to sea. 
Who says that we don't do any swims with lane lines?

Hillary and Heidi at the end of the Cal Poly Pier and still all smiles.
This was the longest ocean swim Heidi had done. 

We had a nice push from that SW swell from here to the Avila Pier. The conditions had been wonderful and we all had a great time. 

I'm planning on swimming on Wednesday evening. In the water at 6.


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Wednesday Evening, July 26, 2017

Another nice evening at Avila Beach.  The air temperature was in the mid 70's the water was 62 degrees F / 16.667 C with a noticeable current from east to west. 

Niel and Hilary Trout (new swimmer to us via Rob) swam the buoy line and enjoyed the beautiful conditions. 


Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Take your pick, it was either fog or heavy overcast at Avila Beach today.  The water temperature was 60.5 F / 15.833 C which is pretty nice since here on  the Central Coast I consider anything above 60 to be a gift. The critter concern today was the possible presence of seals or seal lions that were sick with domoic acid toxicosis. The nice warm water promotes the growth of algae that blooms, builds up in shellfish and bait fish and thus builds up in seals until it causes seizures and unnatural behavior. Any seal that is acting strangely or getting too close should be avoided.
Swimming today were Sylvia, Niel, Duke, Tom, Sidney, Sam, Jonny, Jeff, Gerry Gross and Stephanie.  Sylvia and Gerry did their own individual swims. The rest of the group dis a clockwise triangle. 

There was no wind, hardly any waves or swell and the surface was glassy.

 Duke and Jeff at the first buoy.
Sidney, Sam and Jonny

The group at the last buoy to the left.


Sidney and Sam

Niel and Jonny (upside down)

Sidney, Niel. Sam, Duke and Jonny saying goodbye to Jeff.
Jeff and his family are wrapping up their annual 5 week visit to the Central Coast and are returning to New Zealand.  We'll see Jeff again in about 47 weeks.


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Wednesday Evening, July 19th, 2017

At 5:45 Avila Beach was sunny, warm and windy. The breeze was out of the SE and was strong enough to push up a wind chop but no whitecaps. The water still fairly clear and I recorded a temperature of 65 F / 18.333 C.
I was expecting to be by myself and no one else showed. I hung out for a while and decided I was more interested in dinner than swimming. 

I'll be back Sunday.


Sunday, July 16, 2017

Sunday, July 16, 2017

On Friday that was a credible sighting of a 10' shark (what species?) over at the Olde Port Pier, 2 miles away.  We planned a swim without too much concern.  The plan was to swim parallel to the beach to Fossil Point, then to the end of the Avila Pier, to the last buoy at the creek mouth and back to our starting place. That would be about 1.5 miles or 2400 M. It was sunny, warm and calm with very clear water and 2 foot plus waves. I recorded a water temperature reading of 64 F or 17.778 C in shallow water, so we were looking at 60+ outside the surf line.   It was looking like a very nice day for a swim. 
We had 17 (!) swimmers. I hope that I got everyone's name down correctly; Niel, Duke, Jeff from New Zealand, Dave Van Mouwerik, Heidi, Amy (back from an extended backpacking trip), Sydney, Sam, Steve from Bakersfield, Maria, Pete, Jeff from San Luis Obispo, John, Jonny, Pallakka from Brazil, Tom and Leslie Lorish. 
As we were wading in one of the lifeguards told Duke and John that a (the?) shark had been sighted in the same location on Saturday.  The no wetsuit part of the group had already started for our from up point at the last buoy towards Fossil Point so we held a swim conditions update when we all got to the buoy. Everyone decided to continue to the point. From there part of the group headed back along the buoy line while the rest continued on the original route.  

 Duke saying the S word at the last buoy.
Duke, Amy, John, Sydney, Maria(?), Pete, Sam, San Luis Jeff
 San Luis Jeff, Jonny, Leslie, Heidi
Steve, Dave Van Mouwerik, Pallakka, Jeff from New Zealand

Jeff, Tom Lorish and Duke at the end of the Avila Pier. 

When we arrived at the buoy at the creek mouth we met most of the group that had come back along the buoy line. They had continued under the pier and met up with us.

This was one of the nicest swims I have enjoyed in a long time. The water was comfortable, flat and clear with a great group of people to swim with.

Heidi is will miss this Wednesday evening, Maria is a maybe, I'm planning on coming. How about Duke (come on, leave work early) Brenda or Amelia?


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Wednesday Evening, July 12, 2017

Here is the Wed evening swim report from Heidi Bezaire:

It was Ladies Night at Avila.  Swimming Wednesday evening at 6 pm were Brenda, Amelia, Maria and Heidi.  It was sunny, the air temp was around 70 F and the Port reported a water temp of 61 F.  During the swim, Heidi's cheap-o watch displayed water temps ranging 59-61 F.  There was a steady breeze out of the east, creating some chop.

The water felt balmy and pleasant, compared with many of our colder Sunday morning swims.  We swam a counter-clockwise triangle, which meant that during our first leg east along the buoy line we swam head on into a chop that often slapped us on the head.  In contrast, our swim to the end of the pier and then to the 2nd buoy on the west side was smooth.  

At that point, Brenda and Amelia headed to shore so they could head to the hills for a sunset hike.  Maria and Heidi continued to the 4th buoy on the west side then swam back under the pier where we paused to watch a majestic pelican poised on the pier, silhouetted by a setting sun.  Or, was he watching us…?    

Looking forward to Sunday’s swim.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Sunday, July 9th, 22017

We had 11 swimmers today; Niel, Duke, Lee, Sydney, Sam, Heidi, Stephanie, Maria, Pete, Jonny and John. There was fog and overcast that cleared as we were getting in the water. I measured a water temperature of 57.7 F / 14.167 C but it felt warmer. There was a slight breeze and a long 1 foot swell out of the SE. 

Getting started. That is Pete in the white cap. 

From the left, Lee, counting caps, Maria, Sydney, Jonny, Sam and Stephanie. 

Group up at the mouth of the creek.

At the Cal Poly Pier. Duke, Sydney, Sam and Lee

Sydney, Sam, John, Heidi and Jonny

From the Cal Poly Pier was retraced our route back to the Avila Pier. About half of the group went in while the rest continued down the east half of the buoy line and back for an additional 1/2 mile.
My plot seems to indicate that I followed the same path from the creek mouth to the Cal Poly Pier and back except that I swam through several patches of kelp on the leg back. I must have been just outside of the kelp on the way out.

After our swim while we were on the beach we were treated to dolphins jumping near the little reef outside the buly line and then a visit by one or two humpback whales.

Heidi would like to swim this Wednesday evening. Maria is a maybe. Duke and I can't make it. Girls, see if you can get this organized.


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Wednesday Evening, July 5th, 2017

Swimming this evening were Maria and Niel. Avila Beach was sunny with a light wind from the east. The water temperature was 61 degrees F / 16.6 degrees C.  We swam a triangle counterclockwise. Maria decided to ditch her neoprene and enjoy the real ocean swimming experience. The spike in our route off of the end of the pier is a hiccup from Garmin.

Maria at our starting point.

Approaching the mouth of the creek.

Out at the end of the pier we were exposed to the glassy rollers that the 
wind was pushing from the east. 

Coming back to our starting point.

With the water temperature back up Wednesday evenings are a very pleasant time to swim.