29 June 2009

Half Moon Bay @ Jetty, 29 June 2009

When he called me with a report in the midafternoon, L had already surfed his first session of the day at the Jetty and said it was 2-3' and punchy enough for a fish/shortboard. (He also said he'd surfed in the upper 50-degree water wearing only boardshorts and a vest - either crazy or telling tales - and I said I'd believe it when I saw it. I have yet to see it, as he put on a wetsuit for his second sesh, claiming the first outfit was too wet. Hmm.)

By the time S and I reached the beach after work and met up with L and his newbie friend R, the SW swell had come up a lot more, with some set waves overhead+ on the main peak. Unfortunately there were also a lot of people cluttering the best waves. This video was recorded near dusk when a bunch of them had left.

Because of the crowd (which had me almost longing for a shark sighting to empty the lineup), I ended up on the less-ideal second peak, where I searched for shoulders among the close-outs and high-tide mushburgers. I caught a couple closeouts that threw me, but got in some got in some good duck-diving practice. My duck-diving is starting to feel more right, and both L and S remarked that it looked right too. Still, another sesh without a good ride. Sigh. I'm going to have to haul out my longboard soon to bring my wavecount back up, and my stoke along with it.