We had beautiful swimming conditions at Avila Beach today with 11 people in the water. The sky was gray and overcast but there was no fog and only a slight breeze. The water was nice and clean with a temperature of 57 degrees. Robert and Susan were over from the valley to swim along with Sylvia, Yvonne, Byron, Rick Marina, Casey and Niel. Joining us today for the first time were Nichole and Geoffrey. Gerry Gross came too late to catch the start of the group but did his own swim. We decided to start out easy along the buoy line to let the swimmers who were new to us get comfortable. We swam out to the first buoy on the left side of the pier, turned left and swam to the end. Everybody was doing OK so we so swam the 1/2 mile along the full length of the buoys to the creek. As we arrived at the creek buoy we met up with Sylvia and Yvonne who had started earlier than the rest of us. Sylvia, Yvonne, Nichole and Geoffrey returned along the buoy line to the pier and came in, having covered about a mile. The remaining 6 of us swam from the creek to the end of the pier, to the last buoy on the east side and back along the buoys towards the pier and in. The sun had come out as we were leaving the creek buoy which felt really nice but with the sun came a freshening breeze and a nice little chop. It was enough to make the conditions on each leg different. We covered a total 2,567 yards (1.5 miles) according to Byron's Garmin GPS, spending 49 minutes in the water.