Sunday, October 13, 2019

Sunday, October 14, 2019

 Fall is a great time to be in Avila Beach and today was a good example of why. It was clear, calm, sunny, comfortably warm with great swimming conditions. The air temperature was in the upper 70's, the water was 57 degrees with 1 foot surf and just a hint of a breeze.  

Checking out the water quality while taking the water temperature. 
It wasn't as clear as last week but looked pretty good but a bit green. You can see the thermometer hanging below my shampoo bottle float.

We had a large group today of 16 to 18 people with several new swimmers;  I did get the names of Niel, Ben (visiting from Seattle) Tom, Duke, Maria, Jonny, John, Stephanie, Tim, Teresa, Brenda, Peter, AnneMarie and Dana. There were too many swimmers with the similar colors of caps so I gave up keeping everyone sorted out in the water. There were at least two separate routes. 
Group A did what Tom called the Figure 8, which was a combination of some familiar routes combined into what turned out to be a 1.5+ mile swim; out to the end of the pier, to the 4th buoy on the east side, back to the pier along the buoy line, under the pier and to the end of the pier for the second time, to the 4th buoy on the west side at the mouth of the creek and finishing up by swimming along the buoy line to the pier and in. The water was exceptionally clear in places with a fog of red tide junk below us near the end of the pier.
I think that Group B swam to the end of the pier west towards the Cal Poly Pier, around an anchored boat and back to their starting point. 

Group 1 getting in. 

Grouping up for the first time at the end of the Avila Pioer. 

Group 1 forming up at the 4th buoy on the east end of the line. 

This is Maria, a new swimmer and Teresa at the end of the swim at the first buoy. 
Maria gets special mention for being the only swimmer today to go bareback but also 4 Gold Stars to have shown up to swim today after having completed the City to the Sea half marathon this morning in a time of about 2 hours. 


Monday, October 7, 2019

Sunday, October 6th, 2019

We had a beautiful fall day at Avila Beach and wonderful swimming conditions. It was comfortably warm and calm but not too hot with a flat and glassy ocean. The water was exceptionally clear for the Central Coast with visibility of 20'. The water temperature was 57 degrees.
We had two groups swimming today: Tom, Leslie and Niel went over to the Cal Poly Pier for a distance of 1.3 miles while Heidi, Amy, John, Jonny, Brenda and JoAnne swam the buoy line/end of the pier triangle for a mile+. 

Niel, Tom and Leslie's route

Niel taking notes before the swim.
Beautiful clouds

Leslie and Tom at the end of the Avila Pier
Niel and Leslie at the end of the Avila Pier with 
the Cal Poly Pier in the background

The water was unusually clear which allowed some fun photos.

Tom and Leslie at the Cal Poly Pier before we headed back.

Around noon after we were back on the beach the wind picked up and messed up the water so we got the good conditions that day.


Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019

It was a leisurely gathering at the beach before our swim, and folks seemed to like it that way. On this crisp, sunny, gorgeous day--swimming were Jonny, Duke, Pete, Anne Marie, Dana (who joined us for the first time), Brenda, Stephanie, and myself. Also with us on his kayak—Sean Greene, which was a treat! We entered the ocean around 11:10am; the water was choppy and tempestuous under the influence of a stiff north/east wind. Anne Marie swam to the second buoy, Pete did his Pete swim, and the rest of us headed south along the buoy line. The water temp near the shore was 58, but farther out it was 56 degrees. The red tide was history, and blue tide was in! The sea was clean with good visibility, but there were heavy clots of kelp in places that had been kicked up by two weeks of ocean upwelling. After pausing at the 4th buoy, we headed to the end of Avila Pier, directly into the wind and wild chop, which made for an adventurous and challenging swim. It felt like we were surfing with our faces. At one point, so much kelp engulfed Duke that he had to walk on top of it to free himself! After a Buddha float at the end of the pier, we sailed back to the beach where a warm sun and quieter wind greeted us. Folks generally dispersed except for Jonny and me. Aspiring demi-gods... we lounged with our coffee.

--John Hampsey