Avila report for Sunday August 13, 2017 – from TOM.
It was pretty socked in today at Avila – a solid marine layer. The water was calm with small waves rolling in. Swimming today was Duke, Heidi, Paula & Sue (sans wetsuits), Karen, Leslie, Tom, and a woman whose name I did not catch. Duke’s daughter, Nikki was there as paddle support.
The water felt colder than the 57 degrees Heidi’s watch reported, but there you go. We swan to the first buoy, turned left and headed out to fossil point. After passing the last buoy on the way the point, the red funk made itself known. By the time we got to the point, it was well known. I was told this was ‘nothing compared the last Wednesday.’
About half way through the swim, the sun poked through. There was quite a bit of sea bird activity – based on my understanding of pelican, I believe they were organizing a possible interspecies bait ball for later in the day, but who knows.
All in all, another good day swimming in the ocean
Avila report for Sunday August 13, 2017 – from DUKE.
open water swim turned out to be Ladies Day, with only two dudes invited to attend (Duke & Tom). We were missing a number of our regulars but present were Heidi, Leslie and Hillary with Sue strolling up as well. In addition we had a Kona Legend, Karen (25 time plus Kona Iron Man) and a cameo appearance by Paula D. (who I became aware was one of our charter members from the 90's). My daughter Nikki, visiting from Seattle accompanied us as well with a SUP. The water was reported is 61° fairly calm but unfortunately with remanence of a bit a red tide. The route was first bouy to the point and back along the bouyline. A route that all chose to do with no alterations. Once completed Rick and Rhonda showed for their weekly Sunday beach time until about when all those remaining decided to call it a day. In general pretty good water, very nice weather and great conversations.