This Sunday Avila Beach was gray and windy and I could feel the rain coming. The water was 57.5 degrees at the Avila Pier pier. The ocean was a mess; the smaller 2 -3 foot waves were coming out of the SE while the 3 - 4 foot waves were from the SW with a wind chop on top of it all.
It was just Tom and I today. Leslie thought that we looked very impressive getting in.
The bacteria count in the estuary and creek had been high on Thursday ( http://www.surfrider.org/blue-water-task-force/chapter/34 ) so I wanted to avoid swimming near the creek mouth. To avoid the surfers Tom and I swam out along the west side of the pier to the end, then over to the lone buoy on the east side that is anchored on a reef and from there back to the beach. We covered .88 miles and gave ourselves credit for 1 mile + because of the conditions.
Simon says 'get in the water'.
Here we are at the end of the pier.
Tom and I doing out otter imitations.
We had the swell behind us on the way back to the beach so the last leg was the easiest and fastest.
It started raining just as I got to my car.