Sunday, September 15, 2019

Sunday, September 15, 2019

After two 100 degree days in San Luis Obispo I was expecting and hoping for a very summery day at the beach, but, the high pressure that had been pushing the warm are to the coase collapsed Saturday evening and the fog came in. It cooled things off nicely in San Luis Obispo and had Avila Beach wrapped in complete grey. 


The slot of light off to the west held some promise but I 
would not make a guess if it was going to clear. 

The silver lining was that the water temperature was 62 (Heidi measured 59) and the conditions were flat and windless.
We decided to do a counterclockwise triangle for about a mile with a Cal Poly Pier add on  option for about a mile and a half.

Swimming today were regulars Niel, Heidi, Brenda, Maria, Amy, Stephanie and John with Tim making it his second swim and Max, Mike, and Jim joining us for the first time.

The Cal Poly Pier group was Niel, Stephanie, Mike and Jim. 

Stephanie, Jim and Mike at the Cal Poly Pier.

The two groups came back together at the finish at the first buoy 
on the east side of the Avila Pier.
Maria, Max, Stephanie, Jim and Brenda.
The sun broke through at the end of the swim,  just in time to warm up the beach.

After the swim: Mike, John, Maria, Amy, Heidi, Niel, Brenda, Max, Jim, Stephanie.
Tim had already headed to the showers.


Sunday, September 8, 2019

Sunday, September 8, 2019

It was clear, calm, sunny and warm at Avila Beach at 10:30. I measured a water temperature of 59.5 off of the pier.

Notice how nice and flat the water is? This was going to change.

Swimming today were Niel, Louis, Agustin, Heidi, Amy, John, Brenda and Tom.
Niel, Louis, Agustin and Tom swam to the end  of the Avila Pier, over to the Cal Poly Pier and back to our starting point.
Amy, John, Brenda and Heidi swam to the first buoy, out to the anchored boat in the second photo, to the second buoy, to the 4th buoy, to the end of the Avila Pier and in. 

The standard photo of Tom, waiting for the rest of us to get our acts together and to get in and start swimming.
Shortly after both groups began swimming a west wind began and within a few minutes built to the point of pushing breaking whitecaps.
The the route of the swim from the end of the Avila Pier to the Cal Poly Pier was about 20 degrees off of the direction of the wind so we had a fun time of it pushing through the waves and current.

Agustin and Louis at the Cal Poly Pier. Louis has done a half Ironman and is 
really game but this was his first ocean swim!  It was quite a day for your first try at ocean swimming. He was smiling when we got out and will be back.

The back and forth loop at the Cal Poly Pier was Agustin and I. The first swimmers to a waypoint along the swim usually swim back along the route to the last swimmer and then back to the waypoint. The faster swimmers get some extra distance and they don't get cold waiting. 

The swim back to the beach had following swells with an occasional large long period swell that were almost large enough to get a short ride on.

The Group 2 route.


Monday, September 2, 2019

Labor Day, Monday, September 2, 2019

Niel and Craig got in the water at 9 and did a counterclockwise triangle. The sun was already out and the water temperature was about 60+. There was a very light breeze and a swell out of the SE that was hard to see from shore but that gave the swim a bit of vertical motion and push and pull. A great way to begin the day!


Niel and Craig


Sunday, September 1, 2019

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Avila Beach cleared early today giving us warm and sunny skies and 62 degree water. There have been reports of red tides in Pismo but the water at Avila was clean. It was flat and windless.

Swimming today were Niel, Tom, Amy, John, AnneMarie, Chris, Stephanie, Tim and Brenda.

Niel, Tom, Chris, Stephanie, Tim and Brenda swam on the west side of the pier. John, Amy, AnneMarie and Brenda decided to swim on the east side.

I have not seen any bait balls since last summer but today there was a huge one 200M beyond and to the east of the end of the Avila Pier. While we were getting ready it moved onshore, inside the end of the pier. We decided to swim on the opposite (west) side of the pier to the mouth of the creek and make it up our route from there. 
By the time we were wading in the bait ball had moved to the west side of the pier so we swam west to the creek mouth and evaluated the situation. It looked like the bait ball might be moving over towards the Cal Poly Pier, which had been our original destination, so we decided to do two laps of the buoy line on the west side. 

This is Stephanie, Tim, Chris and Tom on our second stop at the last buoy at the mouth of San Luis Obispo Creek. Tom is looking to the east because is noticing a large gray porpoise swimming past within 20' of our group.

John, Amy and Brenda swam on the east side, down to Fossil Point and back.

Duke and Marguerite swam over near the Harford Pier, from the kayak rental shack to the base of the breakwater and back.

Labor Day Piece of Pie Swim:

I am going to swim at Avila tomorrow morning. In the water at 9, done and home in time for our block party at 11. Might be foggy but the water will flat and the parking easy. 
Join me and earn the ability to have a guilt free piece of pie tomorrow afternoon.


Sunday, August 25, 2019

Sunday, August 25, 2019

At 10:30 I was out on the Avila Pier getting a water temperature and checking out the swimming conditions. If the fog didn't lift we would be swimming up and back along teh buoy line. 
The fog was moving in and out, making it difficult to know if it was going to cleat or not. Just before we got in at 11 the fog opened up and moved way off shore, making for fine swimming.
The water temperature was 60 degrees. With the sun out the air temperature was rising from 65 to eventually 80 degrees. 
Swimming today were Tom, Duke, Amy, John, Niel and AnneMarie. 

Tom proposed today's route: a witches hat, complete with tie strings.

Tom getting in.

Tom decided to go formal today so he added a fashionable kelp scarf to his ensemble. 


Niel and Duke at the last buoy on the right, if you are looking at the plot,
otherwise on the left from the beach.

The water was nice and clear close to the shore so Tom tried to get a photo of 
Niel (on the left) and Duke (on the right) swimming towards him. 


Niel as a green streak passing Tom.



We will be swimming next Sunday and polling interest in a Monday morning swim on Labor Day. 


Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Wednesday Evening, 190821

Beautiful conditions at 5:30; 85 degrees on the beach and 62 degree water. No wind, almost flat.
The lifeguards packed it in at 5:45. No one else showed and I didn't swim alone. Too warm to hang on the beach for long so I was gone by 6.

I hope that it is like this on Sunday.


Sunday, August 18, 2019

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Today's swim was out to the end of the Avila Pier, over to the end of the Cal Poly Pier, in along the Poly Pier to the third set of cross bracing and then in to the Avila Pier and our starting place for a distance of 1.55 miles.

It was gray and spitty in San Luis Obispo so I came prepared for damp and cold on the beach. It was surprisingly warm in Avila Beach and 

there was a hole in the overcase and some blue sky. 
The water temperature was 58 to 60 degrees, there was no wind or swell, so we had very nice swimming conditions. 

That is Duke, Margariet, AnneMarie and Heidi.
We had three female swimmers in green caps last week and I couldn't 
tell them apart so Heidi decided to distinguish herself today 

Today's group was Niel, Duke, Heidi, Sara, Margaret, Tom, AnneMarie and Addie. Addie is a new grad student at Cal Poly. I hope I spelled her name correctly. She is from New Jersey and was very happy to find the group and Avila Beach.
Sara, Heidi, Addie, Duke (green splash) and Margaret at the first buoy


At the end of the Avila Pier.
Duke, Margaret and Addie

Addie, Heidi and Sara

Tom, Duke, Addie and Margaret
At the end of the Cal Poly Pier.

Wednesday Evening Swim:
We got skunked last week, nobody could make it and the lifeguards had spotted an 11' white shark near the Cal Poly Pier earlier in the day, so there would have been no swimming if we had shown up.
How about this week? Niel and Margaret are in for in the water at 5:30. 


Monday, August 12, 2019

Sunday, August 11th, 2019

The fog was in at 10:30 but clearing, promising calm and flat swimming conditions. The water temperature was 59.5 with no sign of red tide.

Swimming today were Niel, Heidi, Augustine, Tom, Duke, Maria, Sara, Ben, Stephanie, Sue and her sister Kiri (?, can't read my writting) 
Augustine is from Fresno (yes? Visalia?). He and his wife drove over to visit the coast and so he could get in the water. They are from Argentina. His company moved them to Fresno 6 months ago where he works for the cattle industry.
Sue and her sister are from London, England. Sue is frequently in the area and drops in whenever she is here.

The plan was to swim down the buoy line to the left and beyond the fourth buoy to Fossil Point, back to the 4th buoy, to the end of the Avila Pier and in to the beach, which would be about 1.5 miles. 

Ben would hang with their daughter while Sara was swimming and them go out on his own once Sara was back.

 Kiri, Augustine, Stephanie, Sue, Maria. Tom is behind Maria. At the start.

At the 4th buoy,. I can't identify anyone. 
Tom, orchestrating a photo opp at Fossil Point

 Sara, Heidi or Maria, Duke, Kiri, Niel, Maria or Heidi, Sue, Stephanie, Augustine
at Fossil Point. Wonderful swimming conditions.

Augustine enjoyed himself and I expect that he will be back as often as he can.

I had 1.53 miles on my watch when I got out. 
 Maria, Sara and Heidi did a more out and back route for 1.3 miles.

Craig Bowman and I are going to swim Wednesday evening, in the water at 5. Does anyone else want to jump in?