Thursday, November 4, 2010

Wednesday Evening, November 3, 2010

This was our last evening swim for the season. With the switch back to Standard Time this weekend it will be too dark to swim for those swimmers that can't leave work before 5. It was sunny and warm at Avila with just a bit of an offshore breeze. There has been very large surf, 12' to 16', earlier in the day on the west facing beaches. Some of that must of wrapped around into the south facing beach at Avila because the sand was wet up to the bottom of the stairs. All that was left at 5 was an occasional 5 to 6 footer. These were well spaced out so there was not going to be any trouble getting out. According to my replacement thermometer the water temperature was 58. The surf had dirtied up the water but I could see no birds, seals, fishermen or any other signs of potential company in the water. There were about a dozen boogie boarders down by the creek trying to wring out any remaining good waves. We had 5 swimmers; Rob, Pete, Ryan, Liz and Niel. We selected a short rout that would get us in before dusk and also avoid swimming directly into the glare of the setting sun. We went out to the buoy line and left to the last buoy. From there to the end of the Avila Pier and in along the west side of the pier. Rob, Niel and Pete did some attempted body surfing. The waves were all mush but it was still fun.
Rob wants to continue swimming during the week and is looking for interested parties who want to do a lunch time swim on Tuesdays or Thursdays. You can connect with him through his Facebook page.


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