Thursday, December 29, 2011

New Years Day Swim Time Change!

Just a heads up for everybody out there thinking about a New Years Dip, the usual Sunday swim is moving to 10am for just this week. We'll be back to our usual time the following weekend.


Rob D.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas Day 2011

I went out to the beach this morning not knowing if anyone would be by to join me. I ended up getting in the water early to bodysurf a little bit and play with a new camera. About half an hour later I emerged from the 52ish degree water and found an out of town and wetsuitless swimmer looking to take a dip! Holly was visiting from San Francisco and looking for a quick swim so I took her for a shot around the pier. There was some ok surf, but one you got past that it was smooth sailing all the way around. The water was smooth and fairly clear. We took a quick break at the tip of the pier so I could point out the local landmarks and then we made our way back to the beach. All told maybe 1000m tops.

New Years day is next Sunday and we'll have swimmers in the water, make sure you come out for your polar bear dip!

Rob D.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Sunday, December 18,2011

We had a beautiful Sunday for a swim and got to share it with a few out of town guests. We had our regular visitor Susan from the valley on the beach along with Shawn (in no wetsuit!) who was in town from the Sacramento area. Rounding it out was myself, Sylvia and Amy.

The water was fairly calm out past the breakers, but we had some burly sets rolling in at the beach. I measured the water at about 53. We opted for the classic triangle route to give Shawn the full tour and make sure everyone got in about a mile.

The swim was great, no major wind or currents to contend with, although we had a hard time sighting the creek buoy from the pier because the swells were so large. At the finish we treaded lightly to do our best to get back on the beach without getting clobbered by the surf. Once everyone was in I decided to try bodysurf one for fun but that didn't go exactly to plan. The wave broke in a weird way, folded me up like a pretzel and introduced me to the bottom of the ocean... whoops :)

Next Sunday is Christmas, I'm planning to hit the beach (weather permitting) so hopefully I see a few of you out there!

Rob D.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Sunday December 11, 2011

I've had one of the flu's that is going around so I didn't swim today.  For the next two Sundays a lot of people are going to be either traveling or otherwise occupied, so the attendance at the beach will be a bit spotty.  Keep an eye on Rob's website and Facebook page.  


Sunday, December 4, 2011

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Avila was a lot like last week, except for the 100's of motorcycles along Front Street for the Toys for Tots drive.  It was sunny, warm enough, windless, almost surfless. The water was real clean and we had a very low tide.  The water was one degree colder than a week ago at 53 degrees.  It was just Sylvia and I today.   Sylvia was going to follow me in, as it takes her longer to get used to the water.  I headed out, turned left and wound up doing about a mile along the swimming the buoy line.  It was chilly but the swimming conditions were great.  I never connected with Sylvia. When I got out she was sitting in her dry swim suit reading the paper, having kept an eye on me from the beach.  There is no rain in sight so we'll be back next weekend.