Thursday, August 2, 2012

Wednesday Evening, August 1, 2012

It was warm and sunny at Avila with a fog bank hanging over Shell and Pismo Beaches.  The beach was still crowded, which is usually a indication of warm water, and I got a reading of 62 degrees.  There was a steady breeze from the SE, a chop on the water and a current running from left to right.  The water has dirtied up some but it did not look like a red tide.  There were a few pelicans diving for dinner, both near the end of the Avila Pier and over towards the Poly Pier, but it was pretty quiet.  Rob and I were getting ready to get in when we were greeted to a surprise appearance of Aqua Thor, super hero of the beach and open water swimming.
With his skulls speedo and helmet swim cap Rob and I felt confident that no ocean critter would dare mess with us on this swim.
Well, it turns out that Aqua Thor is a bit shy of the water so he didn't get in with us.  Rob and I swam down the buoy line to the point and back in 33 minutes.  It was bumpy and into the current on the way down to the point but we got a nice push on the way back.  The water temperature was sure friendly and there was much less loose kelp then there had been on Sunday.


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