Articles tagged with "Rincon"

VIDEO: Rincon on Friday 27 January

Posted by: on January 28th, 2017

A quick compilation of four short video clips showing low tide Rincon around 3pm. (Sorry so lumpy on the pans, but I was shooting my 150-600 handheld)

Postcards from Cali: Rincon from the water

Posted by: on November 21st, 2015

Hello Friends,

At about this time yesterday, I was in the water at Rincon. I’d driven down there on speculation. It was hot and sunny (not as hot and sunny as Sydney though!) and when I got sight of the ocean just south of Santa Barbara, there seemed to be tiny lines. A couple more indicators along the way had me starting to get stoked. But, when I pulled into the carpark at Rincon, there was hardly anyone there – not a good sign.

I ran down to the cove for a look and discovered it was right on the lower limit of surfable. But it was glassy and there were little sets, plus, wonder of wonders there were only a dozen (mostly learners) at the cove and hardly anyone at the top of the point.

Grabbed the mal, pulled on the wettie (it’s about 17) and made the trek to the point. When I got there it was looking like knee to waist plus, dead glassy and although too slow and soft for shortboards to be much fun. Plus there were only three or four people scattered across from Indicators to the creek mouth.

Paddled out and immediately caught a little peeler. Here are a couple of snaps from about the mid-point in the ride…

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Wave standing up a bit at Rincon

Note extreme lack of crowds as I zip down the line at Rincon

Note extreme lack of crowds as I zip down the line at Rincon

I surfed for a couple more hours and caught lots of little waves. The crowds never turned up, which just goes to show ya that even in super-crowded SoCal at one of the world’s more famous waves, you can still get it uncrowded in 2015.

Grey & southerly

Posted by: on January 8th, 2009

Hello Friends,

About to give the new fantastic plastic machine a run in the littleness at Rincon.

About to give the new fantastic plastic machine a run in the littleness at Rincon.

Okay, just a quick little note for your afternoon amusement. Got waves again on this side of the ocean. Best of the trip (which isn’t saying a lot). We headed south from Santa Barbara with hopes of possibly finding some little things at Rincon. Alas, it was not to be. Still too small for the place. We did however have a brief conversation with two gents sporting Greenough style spoon kneeboards. One of the blokes (see picture below) was just taking his new epoxy version out. It even has a mount point on the nose for a little waterproof camera. Kinda cool.

Lotta mal riders, but general standard of surfing was not exceptional at California Street in Ventura on this particular afternoon.

Lotta mal riders, but general standard of surfing was not exceptional at California Street in Ventura on this particular afternoon.

Back in the car, and back south along the old highway to check the various possibilities from Emma Wood park to the Ventura overhead. Nothin’ doin’ really. Ended up back at California Street where the swell was showing much more obviously. A couple of guys just out of the water told us that it had just started to come up. Not often you hear that! Surface conditions were sub-optimal with a light N wind kinda junking it up a bit. But as fans of onshore conditions know, the faces are still clean. Sets were pushing into the shoulder high range, and the line was quite long. I jagged a couple on my 6’8″ 7S fish. Perfect board for the conditions – although the large number of mal riders would no doubt have argued the toss. A couple waves went for a good 2-300 metres. You can really play on something like that. Out of the water on dusk and home to Santa Barbara. Had dinner at It’suki, a brilliant little Japanese place that I can recommend to anyone in SB.

Hope your day’s been a good one!

…here’s what I wrote earlier…

At around 0530 the automatic weather stations along the Sydney coastline, the southerly was rolling along at 15-20 kts. Skies are set to be overcast with a chance of the odd shower saith the Bureau.

Surf situation is looking pretty marginal, with the MHL data showing only a metre or so of 7-8 sec windswell. My guess is that the only place big enough to be rideable will also have plenty of onshore wind to go with it.

Meanwhile, on this side of the pond it’s another beautiful, mild and clear southern California winter’s day. Sadly, for the millions who like to surf, it looks as though we’ll do well to score anything much above waist high. Anyway, hope to get out and about for an explore later, so maybe have a picture for you at some point this afternoon…

Have yourself a top old day, and may my remote prognostications be utterly and completely wrong!

 

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