20 November 2012

Shralping the Gnar (La Jolla Shores)

As I left the airport, I plucked a copy of 101 Things to Do in San Diego from a display of tourism brochures (which curiously also held a guide to Monterey Bay back home). It explained that surfing has been part of the city's culture since the Duke rode waves at Ocean Beach in 1916, and that "today, thousands of locals 'shralp the gnar' daily at San Diego's fine beaches." Say what?!
After my interview (which I think went pretty well, fingers crossed) and a drive around the beach neighborhood where we'd probably live, it was time to find a rental surfboard and go shralp me some gnar before my return flight. Luke had recommended Surf Diva's boards and I was lucky to find they had a 6'6" fish.
Pretty fishy
Sadly, the beaches down south are segregated
With a steady onshore breeze, the surf looked junk from the sand, yet somehow the Diva board turned junk to gold. The fish had three fin boxes but was set up as a twin and turned easily, while getting me into a lot of the mushy chest- to shoulder-high waves. Surfing without booties was icing on the cake. It was a great session - so much fun!
I could get used to this!
Surfline: Still fun as our peaky combo of mainly WNW and secondary SW swell eases. Most better exposed areas are continuing to see waves in the waist-chest high range, with some larger set waves for top exposures running shoulder high+. Onshore flow is slowly on the rise, but not hurting conditions too badly as the tide approaches a 4.14' mid afternoon high. Onshore flow continues to build through the afternoon, though, so best to get some waves now if you plan on surfing this afternoon. Buoy 46231: (Wave) SWELL: 2.6 ft at 12.5 s W 105 / WIND WAVE: 2.6 ft at 9.1 s WNW / WVHT: 3.9 ft / APD: 7.0 s / MWD: 275° (Met) WVHT: 3.9 ft / DPD: 13.0 s / WTMP: 64° F. Tide: 4' high falling slightly.

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