Sunday was an absolutely beautiful day at Avila Beach no matter what you wanted to do. It was sunny, calm and warm but still cooler than in town. The water temperature at the pier was 55 degrees and the water clarity was close to the best that I have ever seen here; I could pick out individual shells on the botten in 10' to 15' of water. The surface was flat with 2 to 3' waves.
Today's route was 1.3 miles; out to the end of the Avila Pier, over to the Cal Poly Pier and back to our starting point. Swimming today were Niel, Heidi, Amy, Tom, Sara, Chris and Jonny. Today was Chris's first swim with us. Chris and his wife are relocating to San Luis Obispo from the Seattle area.
The back of Chris's head, Tom and Heidi at the end of the Avila Pier.
The 55 degree water temperature was questionable,
so Tom had us vote for above, at or below 53.5 degrees.
Tom's vote. Note: he is the only one wearing a Farmer John today.
Heidi, Chris and Jonny at the Cal Poly Pier.
Tom was off the front in order to keep warm.
Amy and Sara took a shorter route back to the beach.
If you are interested in the water quality at SLO County beaches take a look at
I'm the program coordinator for the local Surfrider Chapter's Blue Water Task Force program. My volunteers go out every Thursday morning and collect water samples from creeks and beaches that are tested for the presence of Enterococcus bacteria. Enterococcus is the EPA's lead indicator for the presence of human waste. Our results are posted about midday Friday at the web address I provided above.