Sunday, September 19, 2021
Saturday, September 18, 2021
The water and air temperatures were 59° this morning. There was no wind, small surf, nice and glassy but a bit of red tide in some places near the Cal Poly Pier.
Thursday, September 16, 2021
I'll be getting in at 8 on Saturday and Duke and I will swim at 11 on Sunday. Company is always welcome.
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Ick. It was 59° in Avila this morning but it was drippy wet and felt chill. The water was still 61° so that was a plus. Mr. Lindsay had predicted that there would be rip currents along the coast and sure enough, there was a big one on the left side of the pier. There were occasional 3+ foot waves and a swell out of the SE, which is typical of a storm. There was some extra power in the water with the foam doing a better job than usual of trying to push me over. When I was swimming I could feel a deep movement in the water. Perhaps our first hint of winter?
I was on my own today. Duke texted me that he was too comfortable with his coffee to get up out of the chair and come swim and would ride to Cayucos later. Gezzz, was he drinking decaf? I wonder if there was a double chocolate Costco muffin next to his coffee cup? We miss ya buddy.
Sunday, September 12, 2021
Duke and I will be back at 8 on Tuesday. It sounds like this week's Wild Women In The Water evening swim will be Tuesday at 5.
Saturday, September 11, 2021
Thursday, September 9, 2021
It was just another dull morning in the sleepy Central Coast beach town of Avila Beach. No one had any idea what terror was about to over take this idyllic setting. It was gray and overcast with fog coming and going, hiding who knows what terrors of the deep that were lurking out there, waiting for unsuspecting swimmers to venture out over the great depths of the ocean. The air and water temperatures were 61° and the water was flat and clear, the better to see something coming.
Tuesday, September 7, 2021
My Avila Beach weather and swimming condition reports are getting boring, but that is actually a good thing.
Again Avila was overcast and grey with no fog, an air temperature of 60° and a water temperature of 61°. 2 foot plus surf, nice clean water and flat and glassy ocean.
Neither Duke or I felt like anything special, Duke didn't want to do any sprints and I just wanted a nice swim, so we did two triangles and enjoyed a great hour in the water. I took me the first thousand meters to start feeling right and energetic, then the rest was fun. I have conformation that Tom was out there somewhere but we didn't see him.
Sunday, September 5, 2021
Avila Beach was just starting to clear when I got there at 10:20. At 10:30 it was 63°. The wind was getting started and the water was getting lumpy. The water temperature was back into the low 60's at 61.5°, so we got our 3 or 4 degrees back as fast as we had lost them.
Saturday, September 4, 2021
The swimming today was beautiful but colder. The air temperature was 57° and the water was 59°. I hate to think that after a few days in the 60's we may already be sliding back into the 50's for the duration of the season.
Niel, Jodi and Leslie swam over to the Cal Poly Pier. Leslie had been cold before she got in and that usually doesn't get better once you are in the water. She turned back from the end of the CP Pier while Jodi and I swam to the FIRST crossbeams and doubled back to our starting point at Avila Beach for 4,122M.
Thursday, September 2, 2021
I'll be back on Saturday at 8, or 9 if I go to Farmer's Market.
Tuesday, August 31, 2021
I enjoyed lovely swimming conditions this morning. An air temperature of 61°, a water temperature of 63° (possibly a high water temp for 2021), no wind, no sun, no red tide and a flat and glassy ocean.
Sunday, August 29, 2021
Today was the nicest day we have had at Avila Beach is some time. It was in the mid 70's. There was no sign of the red tide (at least where we swam), the water was clear, 62.5° and at 11 and just starting to get blown out.
Niel, Duke, Leslie and Kiki made up today's group. This was Kiki's first swim with us. She has been doing Jr. Guards and wants to be a lifeguard next year. She seemed to have enjoyed herself today.
There were a lot of pelicans chasing baitfish in different locations and quite a few fishermen both on the pier and in kayaks. Maybe they are all after the same thing.
We wound up doing four different swims; Kiki hung with us until we got to the buoy at the creek mouth and then headed directly in to the beach in order to make a surf date in Cayucos. Duke was in recovery mode after the Santa Barbara Aquabike yesterday and turned around at the creek buoy and headed back along the buoys, Leslie nad I swam over to the second crossbars on the Cal Poly Pier and back to our starting point where I came in and Leslie did the another lap to the east half of the buoy line. Having warm and clean water was wonderful.
Saturday, August 28, 2021
There were a lot of fishermen on the Avila Pier and several people fishing from kayaks on the east side of the pier. I didn't see the kayaks until I swam over a line that was floating more than 50M from the kayak.I just pulled my arm out of the line and kept going.
Duke should be cleaning up at the Aquabike event at the Santa Barbara Tri this morning so I expect he will join Leslie, Jodi and I tomorrow at 11.