After last week’s tropical surf morsels, I was itching to put on my wetsuit and plunge back into the chilly waters of NorCal. Although I was first in the lot at the Jetty shortly past dawn, a longboarder who came rubberized beat me into the water. Luke turned up when I was just about to head out, and we paddled into the 50-degree surf together.
There were lots of fun waves to be had, going up to head-high, although they were a bit jumbled and doubled-up. I let Luke take the longer rights while I rode the quick lefts, and got some nice drops and short but sweet rides. Turtle-rolling was an invitation to an ice-cream headache, and too soon I started to feel the creeping chill numbing my extremities. The crowd was growing on the main peak, and I paddled father from the jetty to have a wave all to myself. I rode one through a little reform in close to the beach, and though I had a bit more time, realized I was just too cold to go back for more. When next I surf, I may have to break out my 5/4 wetsuit for the first time this season – a cold spring indeed, thanks to strong winds pulling icy water from the depths.
There’s still no better way to start the day than with a cup of stoke, even if it’s icy cold!
Surfline: Mid-period WNW-NW swell-mix holds steady this morning as NW windswell backs down, and South-SSW (195-180) groundswell mixes in at top exposures. Most breaks offer up chest-shoulder-head high+ surf, with standouts offering a few head high to overhead+ sets. Winds are light onshore, but most areas are still pretty jumbled from yesterday’s winds. Buoy 46012: (Wave) SWELL: 7.2 ft at 13.8 s NW 41 / WIND WAVE: 4.3 ft at 6.7 s NW / WVHT: 8.5 ft / APD: 7.2 s / MWD: 317° (Met) WSPD: 14 kts / GST: 17 kts / WVHT: 8.5 ft / DPD: 14.0 s / WDIR: 300° / ATMP: 50.7° F / WTMP: 50.0° F. Tide: 3’+ dropping to 2.5′.