Sunday, April 23, 2017

Sunday, April 23, 2017

It was a great spring day at Avila Beach today; warm sunny, windy and cold water. About 10:30 it was 75 degrees on the beach and would warm up as the day went on. Initially there was no breeze, flat water and 2 foot waves. I got a water temperature of 51 degrees in the wave wash from the Avila Pier. We Planned to do a triangle that would end up at the end of the Avila Pier.  Once there we'd poll the group and see how people were feeling and what they felt like doing. Swimming today were John Hampsey, Amy, Heidi, Niel, Jim, Pete and Maria.
Heidi, Amy, John, Pete and Maria getting in. 

Jim and John at the end of the first leg.

Heidi, Jim, John, Pete, Maria and Amy

Jim at the end of the Avila Pier. 
John, Maria and Pete at the end of the pier
  From the end of the pier we decided to swim parallel to the beach over to an anchored catamaran. Niel and Jim rounded the cat, swam in towards the creek mouth and then parallel to the beach back to our starting point.  John, Amy, Heidi, Pete and Maria went on a diagonal from the cat to our starting point. 
The cat, 'Tunnel Vision'

Jim when we stopped off of the creek mouth.

Niel and Jim covered 1.38 miles. For the rest of the group it was 1.13 miles.
By the time we ere at the showers the wind had come up and the area near the cat was of white caps and chop.

Maria, I have your shopping bag. I'll bring it next week. Thanks for bringing goodies to celebrate your birthday!


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Sunday, April 16, 2017

The lifeguards were out training this morning. 

We still have spring conditions at Avila Beach, an air temperature of 60 to 70 degrees (except when it is raining), a water temperature in the low 50's and not much wind.  It was low tide at swim time today so I could not get a water temperature from the pier. The NOAA station 2 miles away at the port was reporting 53 degrees. Our consensus based on the amount of time that was required to approach being comfortable was 51 or 52 degrees.

There was the potential for a sci fi movie confrontation between objects I've found on the beach . 

Swimming today were Niel, Heidi, Jonny and Stephanie. We decided to swim to the end of the Avila Pier, over to the Cal Poly Pier and back to the base of the Avila Pier. Stephanie had not been in the ocean in a while so she would swim to the end of the pier and back.

Jonny and Heidi at the end of the Avila Pier.

Stephanie and Jonny at the end of the Avila Pier.

Heidi, Niel and Jonny at the Cal Poly Pier.

The route was 1.16 miles with nice water and good swimming conditions. The water was clean and mostly flat with some small chop and swell on the last leg back to the Avila Pier.

I saw Jon Harmse running on the beach, training for lifeguard season, before we left.


Sunday, April 9, 2017

Sunday, April 9th, 2017

Avila Beach was about 60 degrees and cool with thin clouds blocking the sun.  There was an offshore breeze, occasional 3'+ waves and the water looked really clean. The Blue Water Task Force samples on Thursday showed the Avila Beach and the creek mouth to be well under the limit for bacteria but the estuary and the creek beyond were all up to 5x above the limit. An inch of rain on Friday complicated things because there was no way of knowing if the rainfall had pushed the creek's bacteria load into the ocean. We talked it over and decided to stay away from the mouth of the creek. I was able to get a water temperature of 51 degrees from the pier.

Niel, Jonny, John, Amy and Heidi decided to start out with last week's short course and see if we felt like more once we arrived back at the pier. 

Avila Beach and the pier from halfway to the end of the pier. 
 There was a one or two degree temperature drop when we got beyond the surf line. 
Jonny and Amy at the end of the Avila Pier.

John and Heidi at the end of the Avila pier. The Cal Poly (formerly Unocal) Pier is in the background.

Niel at the end of the second leg. No my foot is the first tar blob that I have picked up in a long time.
I'm glad that I still carry shop towels and baby oil in my beach bag.

Heidi at the same spot. The water was very flat and clear.
Great swimming conditions except for the chill. 


John, Amy and Heidi

Trying to frame John and Heidi with my feet wasn't so easy.
John, Amy and Heidi were getting cold so we came in. I had a distance of .93 miles. 
The wind had died down, the clouds cleared off and it got nice and warm on the beach after the swim.
We'll have to think of something fun to do for our next swim on  Easter Sunday.


Sunday, April 2, 2017

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Spring Conditions at Avila Beach

The fog was burning off at 10:15 and it promised to be a nice day for a swim. There was very little wind and an occasional set of 3' breakers. The tide was out so I could not get a temperature reading from the pier but the lifeguard said that the had measured the water temperature at 49 degrees.  Niel, Heidi, Jonny, John, Amy, Jim and Sydney were ready to swim. The plan was to go out along the pier to its end, swim by the anchored catamaran on the way to the end of the sea wall and then to come back along the beach to the pier. Those that were interested could swim under the pier and down to the creek and back. 

Jim, Sydney, Keidi, John and Amy experiencing the toe freeze

Sue took this one of us getting in.
Heidi, Jim and Sydney at the end of the pier. 

'Are your toes warmer in the water or out?'

Sydney, John and Jim at the ed of the sea wall. 

Once thoroughly chilled, why not swim farther?
Niel and Jim swam down to the mouth of the creek.
The short course group on back the beach.

The long route was 1.24 miles

The short course was .83 miles.


Monday, March 27, 2017

Sunday, March 26th, 2017



Today's blog is by John Hampsey

Sydney, Sam, Marie, Heidi, Amy, Jonny, and I swam today. Under a gauzy sky the weather was mild with a slight breeze and air temp about 65 degrees. Because of the recent rain, we thought it wise to stay south of the pier. There were regular sets of large waves cresting as we entered the water. After getting past the break, we headed out to the end of Avila Pier. The closer we got to the end of the pier, the choppier the water became, and there was also a strong current moving from the north-west making for a challenging and boisterous swim. We then headed south-east to the cliff. With the wind and current at our backs we seemed to be sailing along at times. After re-grouping at the cliff, we headed north along the shore, against the current, to the pier and in to the beach. Because the water was so clear, some got a prehistoric surprise as we passed by the reef buoy because of the large brown stands of kelp sprouting up in that area.

Swim time 44 minutes, distance one mile. The sun broke through for a while as we gathered on the beach afterward, so even though the water was a cold 53 degrees we all warmed up quickly. Fantastico swim for all!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Sunday, March 19, 2017

This Sunday Avila Beach looked and felt more like winter but had some new indications of spring. Instead of hot and sunny with offshore winds and a 50 degree water temperature we had cloudy and cool conditions with no wind and water that was up to an estimated 55 degrees.  

It was Amy's 65th birthday so she got to choose the route. She picked the triangle counterclockwise.  I left my GPS at home so today's plot is from Duke's Strava account.

We started with six swimmers, Duke, Niel, Amy, Jonny, John and Jim and gained two, Pete and Maria at the halfway point. On the beach and who was great to see again was Sylvia Glenn. She was here to get her beach fix and will be getting back in with us when the weather warms up a bit.

Jim and Amy at the start.

Duke and Jonny 

I took a couple of pictures of the damaged pilings that contributed to the closing of the pier. 

Duke, Amy, Jonny, John and Jim at the creek mouth

Pete, Duke, Maria, Jim, John, Jonny and Amy at the end of the pier.
The water was extremely clear for Avila Beach, I could clearly see detail on the bottom at 6 to 8 feet. Nobody had numb toes and considering that the overcast sky will make it feel colder than it is, the consensus was that the water temperature was about 54 - 55.