Two Wet Guys - Rob and I had been keeping in touch earlier in the week and we both really wanted to get in the water today. It looked like rain was developing Sunday morning but hey, we were going t get wet anyway, right? It was wet at Avila at 10:30 this morning; shifting from spitting to drizzle to light rain. The air temperature was 60 and the water temperature was 56 with great visibility. There was a long swell that rose up beyond the end of the pier that would put up some good sized waves. A 5.8' high tide occurred at 10:38 and some of the largest waves were hitting the bottom of the pier. I saw no birds of any kind and no seals anywhere in the water. It was also perfectly still and beyond the surf line the water was as flat as I have ever seen it. As we were getting ready Rob met up with Steve, a member of the ocean swimming group that he had swum with in Monterey a few weeks back. Steve was in town for a car show and had not brought his swimming gear, but we filled him in about Avila and our swims and he wants to encourage his group to come down for a swim in the future. Rob is still recovering from his 12.6 mile swim last weekend so he was into something easy and simple today, he really just wanted to get in and enjoy the feeling of the cool water on his shoulders. Out and around the pier was fine with me so that is what we did. Between it being totally sunless and my not having been in the ocean in 10 days I thought that it felt colder than 56 and Rob concurred. The surf had mellowed out so we had no trouble getting out and once we were beyond the surf line the water felt more comfortable. The rain had stopped and we just enjoyed our cruse around the pier. There was not going to be any hanging about on the beach after the swim today so we both just took off. Rob and I will be back this Wednesday evening for out 5:30 swim.
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