I enjoyed lovely swimming conditions this morning. An air temperature of 61°, a water temperature of 63° (possibly a high water temp for 2021), no wind, no sun, no red tide and a flat and glassy ocean.
Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Sunday, August 29, 2021
Today was the nicest day we have had at Avila Beach is some time. It was in the mid 70's. There was no sign of the red tide (at least where we swam), the water was clear, 62.5° and at 11 and just starting to get blown out.
Niel, Duke, Leslie and Kiki made up today's group. This was Kiki's first swim with us. She has been doing Jr. Guards and wants to be a lifeguard next year. She seemed to have enjoyed herself today.
There were a lot of pelicans chasing baitfish in different locations and quite a few fishermen both on the pier and in kayaks. Maybe they are all after the same thing.
We wound up doing four different swims; Kiki hung with us until we got to the buoy at the creek mouth and then headed directly in to the beach in order to make a surf date in Cayucos. Duke was in recovery mode after the Santa Barbara Aquabike yesterday and turned around at the creek buoy and headed back along the buoys, Leslie nad I swam over to the second crossbars on the Cal Poly Pier and back to our starting point where I came in and Leslie did the another lap to the east half of the buoy line. Having warm and clean water was wonderful.
Saturday, August 28, 2021
There were a lot of fishermen on the Avila Pier and several people fishing from kayaks on the east side of the pier. I didn't see the kayaks until I swam over a line that was floating more than 50M from the kayak.I just pulled my arm out of the line and kept going.
Duke should be cleaning up at the Aquabike event at the Santa Barbara Tri this morning so I expect he will join Leslie, Jodi and I tomorrow at 11.
Thursday, August 26, 2021
Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Chased Out By The Crud
It was a fine morning for a swim at Avila Beach except that the red tide was everywhere. The air temperature was 61°, the water was 62.5° and it was flat with just a bit of wind chop. Looking down from the pier the water looked red brown. I don't think that it shows in this photo but everywhere that there is a ripple on the water I could see red. Duke and I looked for a minute and decided to not get in. Tom did swim at 9 and said that it 'wasn't as bad as last week'.
There was also a 10,000 gallon sewage release into San Luis Creek late Monday and no testing had been done since then at the creek mouth or the beach.
Sunday, August 22, 2021
Chased Out of the Water By the Red Tide
Saturday, August 21, 2021
Avoiding the Yuch, A.K.A. Red Tide
Thursday, August 19, 2021
Tuesday, August 17, 2021
I'll be back Thursday morning, in at about 9.
Sunday, August 15, 2021
Jodi's 10K Three Martini Swim
Saturday, August 14, 2021
I saw a lot of swimmers this morning. Leslie was gettin out as I was walking to the pier to get the water temperature. She said that the conditions were nice and the water temp felt comfortable. Tom was on his way out along the Avila Pier. I thought that I might see him near the Cal Poly Pier but our paths didn't cross. Tom had brought chocolate cookies to share today. Thank You Tom!
Come on down support her swim!
Thursday, August 12, 2021
A beautiful morning at Avila Beach today. There was no fog and no wind, just some patches of high thin clouds. The ocean was flat and glassy and 59°. The air was 64°. I arrived at 8:30 and saw Duke and Nick out beyond the end of the Avila Pier on the Burner U route. I spoke with Tom as he was heading for the water. I didn't see him again. He must have gone long because his car was still there when I was leaving. I spoke with NIck and Duke as they were getting out. Duke was going to work and Nick was going to do the rest of a mini-tri.I didn't feel like going over to the Poly Pier so I did my two triangles. The wind was coming up as I was walking to the showers.
I'm planning a long swim on Saturday, toes in at about 9 and I'll spend Sunday morning watching Jodi do her Three Martini Swim.
Product Report: I do not like feeling cold. I have been wearing an Xterra tri suit when the water temp was above about 57° and a Patagonia R3 in colder temps. I just replaced an Xterra Vortex with the less expensive Volt and I like the Volt better. The Vortex features thicker material in the arms, chest and legs and I found the suit warmer but much more difficult to put on and take off. It was hard to zip up my myself and the 5mm material in the front of the legs made it difficult to pull the legs off. The Volt is easier to sip up and almost falls off on its own and is warm enough at summer temperatures. I have had 5 Xterra wetsuits and I have found that an Xterra suit is done in 18 to 24 months, whether I've worn it much or not. The material just ages out and falls apart. They are great for training and affordable.
Tuesday, August 10, 2021
Niel, Duke and Nick enjoyed just about perfect swimming conditions this morning. Avila was overcast and windless with decent visibility. The water was flat and glassy. The air and water temperatures were 58°. Duke did his 'U-Burner' 1000 yd. sprint. Nick and Niel did a triangle, then Nick went out and around the Avila Pier and Niel doubled back along his route. I had a lovely hour in the water.
Monday, August 9, 2021
Saturday, August 7, 2021
Tom's Route With Fog
I was planning on swimming Tom's usual route today but at 9 o'clock found Avila Beach to be a very small hole in a bank of fog. Tom's route is out to the end of the Avila Pier with possibly some buoy line thrown in, from the end of the Avila Pier to the end of the CP Pier, in along the CP Pier to the second crossbars and back out to the end of the pier, then back to the end of the Avila Pier and in, again adding some buoy line if desired. Without the buoy line this route is 4000 M. With the buoy line on the in and back it is closer to 5000 M. There was blue sky above but horizontal visibility was limited. While taking the water temperature I could see an anchored boat near the end of the Cal Poly Pier but I couldn't see the end of the pier itself. The air temperature was 59° and the water temperature was up to 58°. The sea was nice and flat.
I met Jodi and Phea, her friend who is accompanying her on her training swims on a SUP and got a swim report from her. She and Leslie had swum earlier. They thought that the water was colder but Jodi did fine. She is planning on swimming a single Martini lap tomorrow and thinks she is ready for her 10K. I hope that the fog clears early for her tomorrow.
Thursday, August 5, 2021
Today's water temperature was a surprise. There had not been any wind or other weather that would push the water temperature down 4° in two days. Maybe all of that cold water from the massive melt in Greenland....no, that is in the north Atlantic.
Regardless, the swimming conditions were wonderful. The surf was larger at 3+ feet but it was flat and glassy under gray skies with an air temperature of 60° and no wind.
There were a lot of people in the water this morning. From the Avila Pier I saw two women doing laps along the west/right hand buoy line and Duke and Nick coming in towards the shore on the left side after swimming Dukes 1000 yd. sprint route. Duke got out and Nick doubled back for more. David Cheney and I got in before 9 and swam from the end of the Avila Pier to the end of the C.P. Pier. Tom caught up with us there. We all swam back in along the pier to the second crossbars. From there Tom swam back to the end of the CP Pier, to the end of the Avila Pier and in. David swam to the end of the Avila Pier, to the last buoy on the left/east side and back along the buoys to the Avila Pier and in. I swam to the right/west buoy line and in.