Sunday, April 28, 2019

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Today was one of the best swimming days at Avila Beach that anyone could remember. There was no wind, the water was as flat as the ocean gets, the water temperature was 55 degrees and the visibility was exceptional. Not being able to see your feet when you look down into the water is not unusual in the summer. Today we could see the the anchor for the buoys sitting on the bottom, 20 feet below. 
We also had a Heron doing some surf fishing. 
We had two groups and two routes today. The 11 o'clock group was Niel, Duke, Teresa, Tom and Sue. They swam Tom's Fortune Cookie Route starting on the west side of the pier covering 2174 M. The plot does kind'a look like a fortune cookie.  Anne-Marie joined us for her first swim at Avila and was happy to go out to the first buoy and come in.
The 11:15 Group was John, Jonny and Clara. They swam out to the end of the pier, to the east end of the buoy line via the buoy at the reef and back along the buoys to the pier before coming in. 
Sue and Tom at the end of the Avila Pier. 
The rest of Tom at the end of the pier
Tom tried to get an underwater shot of me but all we got was a green square. 

Niel and Duke at the end of the Avila Pier. Photo by Tom.

The only blue sky was saw today.

 I was off the back of the group for the rest of the swim so I didn't get any more pictures.
The Fortune Cookie


Sunday, April 21, 2019

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Easter Sunday at Avila Beach

Today was about as different from the foggy cold of last Sunday as it could be. Avila Beach was clear, warm and sunny with small surf and clear 53 degree water. There was the hint of a breeze starting to show up which figured in later during the swim. 

Niel, Tom, Leslie, Duke and Emily swam out to the first buoy, around the boat in the photo above, to the end of the Avila Pier, over to our usual spot part way along the Cal Poly Pier, back to the first buoy and in for about 1,840 M. As we rounded the end of the Avila Pier we found the the wind has come up and we were swimming into a small wind chop. The chop increased as we got closet to the Cal Poly Pier giving this leg a bit of a treadmill effect. coming back was just a bouncy push. 

Tom and Leslie getting in. 

Tom at the first buoy.

Emily and Tom at the end of the Avila Pier



Self portrait of Tom's finger and toes 

Duke and Leslie at the Avila Pier

Tom, Duke, Emily and Leslie at the Cal Poly Pier. 

Amy, John and Jonny swam out to the first buoy, around the boat, to the last buoy on the left, back to the end of the Avila Pier and in for a .7 mile swim.


Sunday, April 14, 2019

Sunday, April 14th, 2019

Spring Conditions and COLD

There were offshore winds all week and by checking the NOAA station at Port San Luis I could see the resulting drop in the water temperature every day. I measured 53 degrees in very shallow water in the surf line and guessed that we would find 51 degree water outside the breakers. The breakers themselves were mild compared to last week with 2 foot waves with an occasional 3 footer. A fog bank was well parked over the beach with no sign when it was going to burn off.  No sun and a low water temperature would mean a cold swim. The water was clean and flat there was no wind. The NO BOATS buoys were back for the summer, perfectly scheduled for a swim with poor viability. 
The lifeguards were training, at this point swimming out to a boat with their gear.

 We decided to swim a triangle along the buoy line, out to the end of the pier, to the opposite end a\nd back to our starting place, with the option of altering course if the it was too cold. 
I don't know who did this swim. The visibility was fine for the route
that we planned but this looks like I was really lost in the fog.  

Jim, Emily, Jeanne, Teresa and Tom finding out how cold it was.
Tom , Heidi and Niel did the basic triangle for just over a mile. Jim, Emily, Teresa and Jennie added another lap and half mile down the east part of the buoy line. Amy and John swam the buoy line.
My guess's and Heidi's watch had 51 degrees beyond the surf line and colder, about 50+/- near the end of the pier where there is a lot of up-welling.

Tom, Teresa, Emily, Jeanne and Jim at the end of the buoy line towards Fossil Point.

Afterwards mochas on the beach helped chase the chill.


Sunday, April 7, 2019

Sunday, April 7, 2019

We had all of the parts of a summer day at the beach today: an air temperature in the low 80's, a water temperature of 55, the back end of a big NW swell wrapping into the south facing Avila Beach and making occasional 5' to 6' breakers, no wind and a crowded beach. The lack of recent rain had allowed the water quality to clean up so we had a full list of options for where to swim. 
Niel, Tom, Jim, Margarite and Teresa swam out to the end of the Avila Pier, over to the Cal Poly Pier and back to the beach. Tom, Jim and Teresa finished up with an additional loop out around the end of the Avila Pier and back in to add a half mile to the distance in my plot. Heidi, Mackenzie and Emily swam out to the end of the Avila Pier, towards the Cal Poly Pier, around an anchored boat and in to the beach.

Margarite, Teresa, Jim and Tom at the end of the Avila Pier.  

Tom at the Cal Poly Pier

Jim and Margarite at the Cal Poly Pier

Teresa at the Cal Poly Pier

Niel at the C.P. Pier

Give Tom the camera and you get toes

and a couple of underwater art photos. 

We have a dry week coming up so next Sunday should be another nice one.