22 April 2012

Blues Skies (Linda Mar)

When I saw the surf at the Jetty after crossing the street to join J-Bird, Jacob, Nikki and Perrin, my first thought was, "I want to rewind to yesterday." The break was messy, chopped by a light onshore breeze, with only one soul out making an attempt to ride the lackluster waves. We decided to drive north to Linda Mar, where Tracey joined us.
As the one sunny spot on the foggy Nor Cal coast at late morning on a weekend, Linda Mar was of course already crowded. Nevertheless, waves were had by all. I lost count of how many I rode, keeping my sprained wrist safely fisted on each pop-up. The waves were smaller than yesterday at the Jetty, mostly waist high and breaking shallow, but I had a few fun long ones in both directions.
Jacob, J-Bird, Nikki, Tracey and Perrin
Nikki's shoulder was troubling her so she headed to the beach first, followed by J-Bird and Jacob who were on their second session after Dunes. Perrin went in next, leaving Tracey and me to enjoy another hour or so under the sun with a hundred strangers. I stayed out much longer than usual, nearly two-and-a-half hours. We split a peak once, both on our backsides, and I got my best wave of the day, offering room for a few small turns. I'm getting much better at shuffling my feet forward to maintain speed and stay on a slowing wave.
The crowd was replete with beginners being buoys and offered a mellow vibe on a beautiful day. Good friends and fun waves, who could ask for anything more?
Splash and Tracey
Surfline: 2-3+ feet, poor to fair conditions. We have a bumpy/crumbly mix of NW wind/groundswell and SSW energy this afternoon along with onshore WSW wind. Waves run waist-chest high at exposed areas, while standout spots hit shoulder high on sets. SW wind protected areas remain cleanest. Buoy 46012: (Wave) SWELL: 4.3 ft at 10.0 s NW 31 / WIND WAVE: 2.6 ft at 4.3 s SSE / WVHT: 4.9 ft / APD: 6.3 s / MWD: 304° (Met) WSPD: 14 kn / GST: 16 kn / WVHT: 4.9 ft / DPD: 10.0 s / WDIR: 160° / ATMP: 52° F / WTMP: 53° F. Tide: 3.5' cresting to over 4' high.


  1. Glad you were able to get out there! Question: what kind of camera do you use for video in the water?

  2. My current surfcam is a Panasonic Lumix TS3. Here's my review: http://surfergrrrl.blogspot.com/2011/12/gear-review-xcel-infiniti-wetsuit-and.html