Thursday, July 9, 2020

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Avila gave us spitty fog, lots of gray and cool temperatures this morning. The water temperature was 57-58, the old, wet and sunless conditions always make the water feel colder than on a sunny day.  The upside was that it was totally flat and lwindless. The water has turned a red brown color and there are pelicans diving for fish, all signs of summer.
It was Tom, Hillary and Niel today with plans to do for about two miles. 

Our route took us down the buoy line, over to the third crossbars, thena rair adventure over to the west side of the Cal Poly Pier to round a blue hulled sailboat before going to the second crossbars and to the end of the Avila Pier. Tom didn't have Teresa along today to pull him off the front and keep him warm so he had gotten cold waiting for Niel and Hillary at the stops, so he headed in along the pier while Niel and Hillary went to the 4th buoy on the east side and back to the start.   
Tom getting in.

Hillary getting in. 

Hillary and Niel at the 4th buoy on the west side at the creek mouth

Art or just forgetting to wipe off the camera lense?
Tom, Niel and Hillary at the second crossbars.

Hillary at the end of the Avila Pier.

Hillary and Niel at the 4th buoy on the east side.

Our next swim will be on Saturday morning at 9:30.

niel


Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Tuesday, July 7th, 2020

Clear and sunny this morning with a little breeze making a hole in the fog at Avila Beach.  Almost flat conditions and a measured (I waded out after the swim with my thermometer) water temperature of 60 degrees.

Niel, Tom and Teresa swam all over the place for just under two miles.



Teresa and Tom getting in. 

Tom and Niel with Teresa out of the frame to the right off of the end of Fossil Point. 

I saw Sue Cusick, Sydney and Sam's mom, when I was at the showers. She was at the beach with Sam who is a foot taller than the last time I saw her and helping with the Junior Guards.

niel  

Friday, July 3, 2020

Friday, July 3rd, 2020

Tom, Teresa, Hillary, Niel, Cyril and Dave got in at 9:30 under sunny but breezy skies. A good wind chop was already on the water and looked to build up to whitecaps late in the morning. The water temperature was still cold, possibly colder than yesterday, on the east side of the pier but several degrees warmer on the west side and over towards the Cal Poly Pier. The route was to swim to the end of the Avila Pier, to the 4th buoy on the east side, to the 4th buoy on the west side, to the 2nd crossbars on the CP Pier, to the end of the pier,  back to the end of the Avila Pier and in. This route is 2 1/3 milles. Tom lead Cyril, David and Teresa on a variation. Hillary and Niel met up with Tom, Dave and Cyril at the second crossbeams where David decided to continue with Hillary and Niel to the end of the pier. 



Dave, Cyril, Tom and Hillary at the end of the Avila Pier for the first time.

Teresa at the same spot and time.

Hillary and Niel at the 4th buoy on the west. It was getting kind'a bumpy.

Hillary and Niel at CP Pier second crossbeams.
The swim from the 4th buoy to this point had the roughest conditions. 

David, Tom and Cyril meet up at cross beam #2

Swimming along the pier wasn't bad because the pilings flatten out the chop. 
About 150M short of the end of the CP Pier we encountered a large patch of foam. It didn't smell or taste funny but the water temperature under the foam was extremely warm.
Could this have been a patch of whale pee? 

Hillary and Niel at the end of the CP Pier.

Hillary and Niel back at the end of the Avila Pier. The leg to here was the roughest but we had the current and chop following from our right rear so the swimming was nice.

This was a really nice swim today. Having the sun out was a bonus, even if it meant that the wind had gotten up early.

We will be avoiding the crowds at the beach and not swimming this Saturday or Sunday. The next swim will be Tuesday morning at 9.

A Avila Dolphins Special Report -


Ocean swimmer, friend, the only person to have done the Avila to Pismo 10k swim on January 1st in 51 degree water and all around great and funny guy, Rob Dumouchel, has accepted the job of City Manager for the City of Homer Alaska. This is the culmination of his educational and professional efforts over the last 7 years and he deserves a huge ATT'A BOY!  He hopes to be in his new position by the end of August and is not planning on returning to the Central Coast before starting his new job, so wish him well and many great adventures.

  

niel  

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Two Shorts, Three Longs and One Short

We had six swimmers in today's group; Teresa, Tom, Leslie, Niel, Hillary and Stefanie.
There were the same gray overcast skies, a pronounced swell but not much surf, chop blowing in from the SW and a water temperature of about 56, about one degree colder than Tuesday.

We swam two short legs, first to the 4th buoy and the second to off of Fossil Point. Then three long legs, to the end of the Avila Pier, to the third crossbars on the Cal Poly Pier and to the 4th buoy near the creek mouth and finally a short leg along the buoy line to our starting point.
Tom, Leslie and Teresa went off the front when we left Fossil Point. They swam to the end of the Avila Pier and swam this route:

The conditions got a lot rougher towards Fossil Point and Stefanie decided to do her swim along the buoy line.
Hillary and I banged our way from Fossil Point to the end of the Avila Pier, a swim that was a lot of work but not much misery. It was flatter over towards the Cal Poly Pier and quite smooth once we got close to the beach.  


Getting formed up to start at the first buoy.
Leslie, Tom (swimming), Stefanie, Teresa and Hillary.

Leslie pointing to the Point, me, Tom and Hillary

Hillary at Fossil Point looking for Tom, Leslie and Teresa.
Teresa's green buoy really stands out on the water. 

NIel and a bit of Hillary's gear at the end of the Avila Pier. 

Niel and Hillary at the Cal Poly Pier


Hillary and Niel at the 4th buoy near the creek. 
Done and ready to finish and get out. 

We are going to swim tomorrow morning at 9:30 and skip swimming on Saturday and Sunday to miss the crowds.

niel

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

A familiar June morning in Avila Beach: thick gray overcast and some surface fog, calm but a hint of wind in the next few hours, flat seas but some ripples starting and a the third day of colder water temperatures, something like 57 today.
Hillary, Tom, Niel, and Stefanie sway today. Stefanie has been dying to get back in the water, found this blog and decided the ocean was for her.

Hillary and Stefanie.
WOW, Hillary got a new wetsuit, a Orca Openwater SW. The orange arms are very visible in the water and it has a built in ring at the base of the spine where you can attach a pull toy.

We did triangles again. Tom reversed course for his second lap. Hillary and Niel kept the same direction. For her first ocean swim Stefane did a lap and a quarter.

Tom and Hillary at the first buoy. 

Hillary at the end of the Avila Pier.

Niel and Stefanie at the end of the Avila Pier

Hillary, Stefanie and Tom at the 4th buoy at the creek mouth. 

Niel and Hillary at the end of the Avila Pier for the third time.


We will swim again on Thursday at 9. Probably swim on Friday and give the beach over to the crowds on Saturday and Sunday.

niel

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Sunday, June 28, 2020

For Sunday Niel, Leslie and Tom swam a short course today. The water was a degree or two colder than the past few days at about 58 degrees, there was thick overcast and a chop was already building up when we got in at 9:30.  We swam  what Tom calls the Fortune Cookie, out to the end of the pier, to the last buoy on one end of the line, around and back to the end of the pier. The route comes out to 1.4 miles.  



Tom and Leslie at the start.
The surface was pretty glassy at this point. 

Tom, Leslie and Niel.

Niel, Leslie's foot and Tom at the last buoy near the creek mouth before heading back to the end of the pier. The water was getting messy, not bad swimming conditions, but not looking good for later in the day.

Tom and I and whoever else can join us will swim at 9 on Tuesday. 

niel   

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Saturday morning at 9:30, Niel Tom and Teresa, gray overcast, flat and glassy water but some wing coming up and a water temperature of about 60 degrees. The sharky signs were down but we stuck to the buoy line. We split up ans swam out own pace. I did 2-1/2 laps for just over two miles.

Teresa and Tom getting in.
Niel getting in.

This pool has lanes that are almost a half mile long.

Teresa and Tom at our first stop at the creek.

The power boat is the harbor patrol. 
I don't know if they were checking on us or looking for more big fish.

I'm looking forward to a nice relaxing swim tomorrow. 

niel


Thursday, June 25, 2020

Sharky Thursday, June 25, 2020

It was overcast, gray, calm, flat and glassy this morning.  

And a very low tide. Usually, you will swim over those rocks to the right of Avila Rock. 

Tom and Teresa getting in. 
We have moved into summer conditions; warm water (way to show us up Teresa), about 60 degrees today, gray morning skies, maybe even spitting, opaque water and all of the food chain showing up, including the landlord.
On Tuesday when Hillary and I were out near the end of the Cal Poly Pier, some life guards on SUP's not far from us were following a 10' great white shark. We learned this after we got out. The beach is now posted for 5 days with a caution to "Avoid Contact With Marine Life". That sounds like a good idea. 
For lack of a better swim plan we decided to stay more or less along the buoy line today.

We split up with each of us finding our own parth back and forth along the buoys.
This is at the forth buoy on the left (east) side of the Avila Pier. 
That's Tom and the little green marble over his left shoulder is Teresa's buoy.   


Looking back to the Avila Pier.
No swell, current, chop, wind or big fish, and warm water. 

I did two and a half lengths of the buoy line.

Our next swim will be Saturday morning at 9:30.

niel