Sunday, September 19, 2021

Sunday, September 19th, 2021

Swimming In The Sun -

There is more of a crowd at the beach at 11 then at 8 in the morning but the sun and warmer temperatures are so much nicer. The water is bumpier but that makes for more of an ocean experience. At 10:30 this morning the air temperature was 71° and the water was 60°. There was a wind chop out of the south east and the west which made for some interesting conditions. 
We had an especially nice group today with the regulars Niel, Duke, Leslie, Tiki, Jodi and David joined by Alex, David's wife and Theresa, our swim buddy who graduated and took a job in Newport Beach. Alex decided that she wanted to get in the ocean so she got a wetsuit got in and had fun. Theresa was giving herself a break from the big city.   
We did a bow tie route. I do not think that I had swum this route before.  


Duke was getting hot so he waded in and waited for the group.
The 'fog' in the photos is water moisture that is inside my camera.  

David and Alex

Theresa, Leslie and Tiki

Theresa, Leslie and Tiki

Theresa and Leslie 

Leslie, Theresa and Duke just outside of the surf line.

David, Tiki, Leslie, Theresa, Jodi and Duke, hard to see in the swell.

Theresa. LA hasn't changed her a bit.

Theresa and Jodi

The official Avial Dolphins wetsuit drying rack.

Leslie sent me some nice photos but I could not get the text to computer to blog thing to work. Maybe tomorrow.
Theresa and Grace are going to do an 8 mile swim next weekend in Costa Mesa or Corona del Mar and Theresa will be back in two weeks. 

Duke and I will do a short swim on Tuesday at 8.  


Saturday, September 18, 2021

Saturday, September 18th, 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.  

This mornings crew was Leslie, Tiki, Jodi, Stephanie and Niel. We began by going east until we were off of Fossil Point and to the end of the Avila Pier. Tiki and Leslie headed in from there. The remaining three swam to the third crossbars on the CP Pier, in to the second crossbars and east to the west end of the buoy line and back to our starting place. 
That was a nice 2.24 miles.  

Niel. Leslie, Tiki and Jodi. 
Stephanie was a bit behind us and had caught us up by the last buoy.

Jodi, Stephanie, Leslie and Tiki social distancing off of Fossil Point.

Tom got in at about 9 and went over to the CP Pier. I saw him backstroking along the buoy line when we were at the showers. 
Tomorrow's swim will be at 11 with guest celebrity Theresa.


Thursday, September 16, 2021

Thursday, September 16th, 2021

It Was A Hint - 

At 8:30 everything at Avila was typical of another summer morning except the water temperature was down to 58°.  It is dark in the morning when I get up and there is Halloween candy in the stores so I am going to have to accept that we are sliding out of summer and the water temperature will be trending down.  If I'd had my winter wetsuit with me I would have caved and worn it today but I just had my tri suit so some mental jujitsu was required. The lower water temp. pushed me and I had a great swim. I was colder but I pushed harder and did my hour with no stops. I was colder but I didn't get too cold. This is what last winter was like but with my 3.5/4.5 wetsuit and 50 degree water. 
I saw Duke at 8:30 as he was getting in and I was just starting to suit up. He did his U-Burner and I didn't see him in the water. When I was heading to the showers there were three swimmers heading east along the buoy line, two on the east side of the pier and a solo swimmer on the west side. Tom finished up his swim along the buoys on the west side so I'm guessing that was him.  I've no idea who the other two were.    

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

Tuesday, September 14th, 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.

I just went out and paddled around and got my hour in. The water is clean but there is a lot of broken up kelp everywhere. If I remember correctly that is a late summer thing. 
Tom was walking down to the suds as I was getting out so we talked for a bit, wondering if one of us should go check on Duke to make sure that he didn't fall asleep in his chair, spill his coffee and miss out on his bike ride.  😉𝨝

I'll be back Thursday between 8:30 and 9.


Sunday, September 12, 2021

Sunday, September 12th, 2021

It was just lovely today. At 11 o'clock the air temperature was 71° and the water was 61.5°. The Is was not windy at Avila Beach but offshore it had picked up so there was a chop and current out of the SW. The surf was small with an occasional 3 footer. The water was a nice green today.
Duke had arrived early and had seen Maria and Heidi get in at 8, Paula and a couple of friends get in next and Tom and Sue get in at about 9. There was a solo gentleman really banging away along the buoy line with a dolphin swimming cover while we were getting ready. The 11 o'clock group was Duke, Leslie, Jodi, Pat, Niel and we were joined by Roshan from the Bay Area. Roshan swims open water at home and was having wetsuit problems so she decided to go bareback. 

The group all made it down the buoy line and to the end of the Avila Pier. Between there and the buoy at the mouth of the creek Pat went somewhere, I didn't see him at the group up at the buoy. Duke and Roshan went in while the rest of the group headed to the second crossbars on the Poly Pier. I turned around there while Jodi, Leslie and Pat wet to the third crossbars and back to the end of the Avila Pier before coming in. 

This is Jodi with Leslie behind her, Niel, Duke, Pat and Roshan at the end of the Avila Pier. 

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

Saturday, September 11th, 2021


Nothing special to see in the water today. No seals, dolphins,birds or sea monsters, just dense overcast and a hint of a SE swell. The air temperature was 59° and the water was a comfy 62.5°. There were some warm spots out there that felt several de]grees warmer. 

The Cal Poly swim team was on the beach doing some dry land workouts. 

In the water today with Group 1 were Jodi, Leslie, Stephane, Tiki and Niel. 
Group 1went over to the CP Pier and swam to the first crossbars, then back to the second crossbars, to the last buoy at the creek, to the end of the Avila Pier, around the reef buoy and back along the buoys to our start and in. 
Group 2 was Tom was Sue who swam back and forth between the Avila and Cal Poly Piers. 

Jodi, Leslie, Tiki and Stephanie at the first crossbars. 

When we stopped at the second crossbars before heading to the creek this heron was already in possession and was giving us the stink eye so we crossed under the pier at the next opening.
We'll swim tomorrow at 11.


Thursday, September 9, 2021

Thursday, September 9th, 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.

Niel, Tom and Duke were joined by Sue who is in town for a few days. She will be swimming Friday and Saturday mornings. 

While I was out on the Avila Pier checking the water temperature I saw what was surly Nessie, The Loch Ness Monster in the waters over near the Cal Poly Pier! Some stray radiation from Diablo Canyon must have attracted this famous sea monster to the Central Coast. This looked so real I could not believe my eyes!   

Duke would not be intimidated and set out on his own to do a U Bruner sprint and to spit in Nessie's eye as he went by.
Tom and Sue got in before me. I do not know where they swam but I saw Sue when I had gotten out and she said Tom was 'gone'. I couldn't bring myself to ask if she meant that Tom had had gotten out earlier and was on his way home or had been part of a sea monster buffett.      

I felt compelled to swim in a large X pattern, 
marking the last known location of Nessie and Tom.

Me at the end of the Cal Poly Pier with no sea monster in sight.
Maybe it was my pink cap that kept me safe?

Leslie's Wednesday Evening Swim Report - 
Me, Jodi and Tiki jumped in and went 4th creek buoy, around the big catamaran moored out there, there was no one home so we continued around the Avila Pier to other 4th buoy, back to 1st and in.  Water was nice, clear but smelled a little funky still to me at the creek buoy.  No seals!!  Emoji Beach was pretty empty, tons of parking and no lifeguards.   We're going to keep the wed evening swims going as long as we can until daylight savings.    Everyone is invited anytime!

I believe that they meet at the lifeguard tower on the left side of the pier and get in the water at 5:00. They will continue evening swims until the time changes on November 7th.

No sea monster is going to keep me out of the water! I'll be back Saturday morning. I think that I'm going to Farmers so I'll be at the beach at about 9.
Sunday's swim will be at 11. Should be no crowds.


Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Tuesday, September 7th, 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.  

Duke and Niel at the end of the Avila Pier. 
Sorry Duke but something was stuck to the lense of the camera. 

On Thursday I'll get in between 8:30 and 9. Duke will join me unless he has a busy day ahead of him, then he will get in at 8. 


Sunday, September 5, 2021

Sunday, September 5th, 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.  

There was not yet much in the  ways of a crowd but the beach would fill up by 1.
In the lower right hand corner is not the Loch Ness Monster but Tom completing his swim.
You do not hear about Nesse any more, what's with that?  

In the water today were Jodi, Leslie, David, Niel and Tiki. Tiki was going to go bareback and stay along the buoy line. The rest of the group was going to go over to the second crossbars and on to the end of the CP Pier and then finish up somehow. 

Niel, Leslie, David and Jodi at the last buoy at the mouth of San Luis Creek 

Along the buoy line it was getting choppy. It was bigger on the way over to the CP Pier and pushing back hard on the way out along the pier.    

Jodi, David, Niel and Leslie at the second cross bars along the Cal Poly Pier. 
Leslie is not waiving at the camera but trying to discourage a seal who was checking us out.  

What is Jodi looking for?

After we rinsed off we had a put lunch on the beach with mellons, grapes, broccoli salad, cake, brownies, kettle corn, and carrots. There were plenty of nice calories and no food group was left out.

I'll be back on Tuesday morning at 8. I do not know if Duke or anyone else will be joining me.

Sadily, I need to mention that Jerry Gross died recently. He was a Avila Dolphin going back to the 1990's.


Saturday, September 4, 2021

Saturday, September 4th, 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. 

From the first crossbeams to the end of the CP Pier is 900M. If there hadn't been guys fishing from the rocks at the base of the pier I would have gone in and touched the rocks for a complete lap of the pier and about 1000M each way. 

Jodi and Niel at the end of the Cal Poly Pier.

Niel and Jodi at the legendary first crossbeams.

Jodi, Niel and Leslie will swim tomorrow at 11 and have a potluck lunch lunch afterwards. Find something to bring and join us.


Thursday, September 2, 2021

Thursday, September 2nd. 2021

Avila was pretty much the same as it has been early in the morning; grey and cool, except that there was already a chop out of the SW and the water temperature had dropped 3° since Tuesday to 60°. 60° is pretty warm for Avila Beach but I was expecting 63° water like last Tuesday so it took some mental jujitsu to get comfortable with the cooler water.
I was going to do a long and short sid triangles but when I got to the end of the Avila Pier there was a large raft of pelicans and gulls on the left/long side of the pier so I started on the short side. When I returned to the end of the pier the birds had moved on so I continued on to the long side, came back to the end of the pier for the third time and came in along the west side. 
I should have bought a lottery ticket today because my distance was an even 3,200M.
Duke is still in recovery mode after the Santa Barbara Aquabike so I didn't see him. I saw Tom as I was leaving. He got in at 9 and had been over to the Cal Poly Pier and beyond, circling through the boats that are anchored on the west side of the CP Pier before coming back.    

I'll be back on Saturday at 8, or 9 if I go to Farmer's Market.
Sunday we'll swim at 11 and there will be a Labor Day Potluck Lunch afterwards.


Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Tuesday, August 31st, 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. 

I go in a bit before 8 and did two triangles with extra in and outs along the pier for a two mile/1 hour swim. 
Tom was wading in as I stood up in the surf so we got to talk briefly about the conditions and his travels to Dallas over the weekend to coach for a master water polo tournament. I think that he had been able to get his cap on over his new Stetson. 
Duke was MIA, riding his bike rather than do the good work in the ocean.  

I'll be back Thursday morning getting in between 8:30 and 9.


Sunday, August 29, 2021

Sunday, August 29th, 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. 

Kiki, Duke and Leslie at the end of the buoy line at the mouth of San Luis Creek. 

Niel and Leslie at the Cal Poly Pier.

My schedule for the coming week is 8 on Tuesday, 9 on Thursday and Saturday and 11 on Sunday.  

Happy Birthday to Big Steve Snyder! 
Steve, if you hadn't been so persistent in badgering me to take a break from the pool and to come swim at Avila Beach I would have missed out on so many wonderful people and great swimming! 
Next Sunday is Father's Day and Labor Day Weekend so we will be having a Avila Dolphin Potluck Post-Swim Carb Loading Event. Come and swim at 11 and bring something to share.



Saturday, August 28, 2021

Saturday, August 28th, 2021

Almost Normal -

There was a last minute change of plans so I swam at 8 instead of 9 this morning. Leslie was also there at 8, we parked three spaces apart along Front Street and didn't see each other until we got out. The fog must have been thick.......  Leslie swam with Stephanie. There were two other swimmers out along the buoy line that could have been Maria and Heidi. 
There was low overcast and clouds down to the water but the visibility was good at about a half mile.  The air temperature was 57° and the water was 62°, flat and glassy. There was no wind.

The water quality looked OK so I decided to swim over to the Poly Pier.  Near the Poly Pier there was some red tide but nothing like there was earlier in the week so I stuck to my plan. 

At the end of the Cal Poly Pier with a shadow of the Avila Pier in the background,
if you know where to look for it.  

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.


Thursday, August 26, 2021

Thursday, August 27th, 2021

 I Get A Break  

I arrived at Avila Beach a little before 9. I was swimming solo. Duke was going to swim at Lopez Lake today and Tom is in Dallis coaching a masters team at the Water Polo Nationals. It was still grey but the clouds were thinning. The air temperature was 59° and the water was 61.5°. The waves were small with just a slight chop on the water. Very nice swimming conditions! In the flat light it was hard to be sure but the water looked pretty clean from the pier. I decided to stay close in and do two triangles. I don't know why. There was no knowing where the red tide might be but somehow staying closer seemed like a better idea. I swam out, turned left and hoped to swim for an hour without stopping or having to rethink my plan. The water looked a little cloudy but not red and I wasn't sure if it tasted funny. The water on the west side of the pier was about 1° warmer. The sun came out at my turnaround point and I wasn't seeing any yuch in the water, just the usual summer cloudiness. What a nice change from getting chased around by the Red Crud.

I'll be back at 9 on Saturday and 11 on Sunday. Duke is racing on Saturday so I may be solo until next Tuesday.