Sunday, September 11, 2022

Sunday, September 11th, 2022

Your Sunday Swim Report from Maui - 

Yes, I know, it doesn't look like Maui but it feels like it in all other aspects so I'm trying to hold onto that idea.

At 8:30 it was 72° in Avila Beach with 100% humidity, clouds that looked like they had the possibility of rain, It did spit a bit before we got in, no wind, 61° water and a SW swell that was rolling up some good sized sleeper waves.  Thank you hurricane Kay for the break from the heat. The waves looked nice and clean but it turned out that the red sludge was lurking seaward of a line even with the end of the Avila Pier. 

No sharky signs and no dead seals today.

Margarite started it off by wanting to swim at 9:15 after her run. Pat and Duke liked that idea of swimming at that time after their bike ride and Tom and I jumped in. Five people would be the largest group we have had in a while.   

Niel, Duke, Margarite and Pat.
Pat thought that swimming bare would be better than the experience of into his wetsuit after his bike ride. I didn't see him afterwards to find out how that idea worked out.

The group was late getting in so Tom went ahead and did his own swim.
The plan was to do Duke's U Burner sprint route which involves getting in on the west side of the pier at about the second buoy, swim out until even with the end of the pier, turn left and swim east until even with San Rafael St., the last street in Avila that goes up the hill, swim in and get out. Duke, Pat and Margarite did that, I decided to double back for more distance. 
The red tide was a strange one today. The water was nice and clean from the shore out to a line even with the end of the Avila Pier where the red tide began. Swimming parallel to the beach there meant going through areas of from light to incredibly thick and yucky red tide. Coming back I turned in along the pier to get into clean water and finished along the buoy line.       

Margarite, Duke, Pat and Niel out in the red zone before turning in to the beach. 

Red tide and predators permitting, I'll be swimming Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 7 and Sunday at 11.


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