Sunday, October 24, 2021
Saturday, October 23, 2021
I got out through the break cleanly. There was only one point where I wondered if I was going to get past the surf line without getting washing machined. It didn't happen and once out I caught my breath and headed down the buoy line. 57° felt much more comfortable than the 55° we have had for the last weeks. There were several different swells happening and I felt them all when I swam past the buoy at the at the reef. They were not breaking but it was almost like a carnival ride. At Avila the swell was out of the SW so the leg to the CP Pier was uphill, then pushy and lumpy the rest of the way.
There is a storm predicted for late Sunday. Currently a 30% chance of rain at 11 o'clock. The surf will lay down so the swimming could be good.
I'm going to be there at 11AM to see if I can beat the storm and get in a swim.
Thursday, October 21, 2021
Tuesday, October 19, 2021
I did my two triangles which gave me seven different exposures to the surface conditions (the conditions coming out on the east and west sides of the pier were different). Some were easier than others but it was always messing with me.
Sunday, October 17, 2021
When we crossed to the west side of the Avila Pier the wind came up out of the south like a squall and we were suddenly in big chop. The southern horizon was a solid wall of clouds and it looked like things could get stormy. By the time we were back at our chairs the wind and clouds were gone and it was very pleasant on the beach.
Saturday, October 16, 2021
A nice fall Saturday morning at Avila Beach today. It was clear, calm and sunny with an air temperature of 43° and a water temperature of 54.5°. For surf there was an occasional 3 foot wave.
Thursday, October 14, 2021
Duke and Niel got in at 8:30 and Tom at 9.Duke said that at 4:30 this morning Avila was fogged in so the fog must have blown out when the wind came up with the sunrise. The offshore breeze laid down early so Tom scored some flatter water. The air temperature was 45° but it was cloudless and sunny and felt warmer.
Duke did his U-Burner, I did my Tuesday route in the opposite direction and Tom swam out and back along the CP Pier.
I was hoping that John Lindsey's weather forecast was wrong. Yesterday he had predicted an ocean water temperature of 51 to 53 degrees and I was not ready for the bottom of the fifties. The Diablo Canyon buoy ( https://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/station_page.php?station=46215 ) was recording numbers in that range but the water temperature in San Luis Obispo Bay was holding up and I got a reading of 55° from the pier.
Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Sunday, October 10, 2021
Duke and I will swim at 8 on Tuesday.
Saturday, October 9, 2021
Thursday, October 7, 2021
Tuesday, October 5, 2021
It was pretty simple this morning. Duke swam his sprint course. I went retro and swam two laps of the buoy line. Tom got in at 9 as I was walking out and swam off to commune with the spirits of the water.
It was sunny and 54°. The water temperature was 58°. The surf was 2 to 3 foot and there was no sign of the Huntington Beach oil spill having made it 200 miles north to mess up our beaches. The wind woke up at 8:30 and was starting to chop up the surface as I got out.
The Wild Women will swim at 5 on Wednesday evening. They meet up at the lifeguard tower on the left of the pier.
Duke and I will swim at 8:30 on Thursday.
Sunday, October 3, 2021