A lot’s happening around here. Fall is when it happens, too. The oppressive heat, dense coastal fog, and winds of summer ’08 in San Francisco are history – finally! It’s been consistently good conditions for several weeks now (hence the reduced number of posts from me) with streaks of warm/hot coastal weather, warmish (for around here) water, fresh fall season swells, and calm winds.
Couldn’t have been better timing for the Cold Water Classic down in Santa Cruz. Epic, contestable swells pumped in for most of the event. Congrats to 17 year-old local, Nat Young, for taking the win. While Santa Cruz was silly with stoke, up North, San Francisco’s Ocean Beach was pretty much as good as it gets. Last Thursday, the 23rd, was arguably the best day of the week with hot sunny weather, clean overhead swell, and glassy-to-off-shore conditions. I surfed Noriega St. for about three hours before having to retreat due to obligations inland. It was difficult leaving the beach that day. I only managed to take these two quick photos.
Capping off the week, on Sat & Sun, the mighty Pacific delivered a sizable 12ft.@20second swell that awoke the sleeping giant Maverick’s with triple-overhead plus waves (a small day for that location, really). Tow-in team practice was in full swing, whipping dudes into some glassy bombs. The building swell Saturday slowly overtook Ocean Beach, but not before one OB surfer got sucked out to sea and had to be rescued by the Coast Guard. When it’s too big at OB the secret points of SF turn on. The not-so-secret Ft. Point was reportedly going-off with sets working all the way around the corner.
More Stoke is on the Way!
South Sloat, Ocean Beach
A few posts ago, I wrote about how the river in my town dumped waste into the ocean. I informed everyone that I decided to go surfing a little while after they fixed everything and that I’d report back letting you know if I caught Hepatitis or a serious rash. Luckily, the water was safe enough that I didn’t catch anything, not even a rash. The waves were perfect: 6 feet, long rides, offshore winds, and to make it even better, there was barely anyone in the water. October is a great month here because the tourists don’t really come until beginning of November (the heat and prevalence of mosquitoes makes October not that inviting to tourists) and usually there are some swells that we catch from the hurricanes. Unfortunately, you never know when the swell will actually hit us–we gave up on the weather report a long time ago. One day we have great waves and the next it is completely flat. I especially love it when the tourists comment to me that there are no waves whatsoever, and I have to be the bearer of bad news and tell them that 3 days ago the waves were pumping. Anyway, the waves are pretty mellow right now after that gorgeous swell and we are patiently awaiting the next one. Hopefully it comes soon!
The guys over at Stormpulse have been working hard. The fruit of their labor is an interactive storm-tracking site that brilliantly mixes together the latest in graphics with up-to-the-minute data on active storms. The user-friendly system gives everybody the ability to turn on/off layers of interest (upper right) and track storm data as it relates to their specific area, or anywhere on the planet! Very cool. Apparently the site is used by many top news agencies, including CNN, looking to know the latest. Check it out, surfers. I definitely plan on tracking swell-producing storms in my area. BOOKMARKED!