Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day Surprise

Early cams, most everywhere, looked small and lumpy.  Water temps had dropped overnight and a lazy holiday was beckoning.  But the cams at T Street looked clean and glassy, so instead of heading back to bed, South I went.  

Great call!!!

Yeah, it was frigid getting in.  But it was sunny and glassy, the Peak was working and GREAT, hollow, head high rights, driven by the NW swell were peeling across the length of San Clemente from T Street past LG1.  

I'll let the few shots I took before suiting up speak (as always, click on photo for full size):

Main Peak
Some great tubes!

Plenty of size

Hugh was taking water shots

And the clump of sticks up at Riviera were having fun

So, Sailfish and I quickly suited and swam out.  The glass lasted the first 90 minutes and the following hour just had a little texture.  Great tubes that seemed to open up after entry and hold their hollow size.  Sets with a lot power, and fast, fast rides.  

The water gradually warmed from 57 to low 60's.  The sun remained.  We connected with Hugh, North of Main Peak and just stayed there, fighting the current, as there was a great peak working and those sweeping rights.  Craig T and his son, Seth, swam up from Main Peak, where it was more crowded and not as mellow a vibe.

We pretty much had the section that you see Hugh shooting above, and pictured in the first photo below, to ourselves, with a friendly stick or two and an occasional sponge working through.  Tons of rides, lots of swimming.  A great day in the Park!

It was still working well after we got out, as shown below.  Hugh was in his van, downloading the shots from his camera to his laptop...some great water shots, that will follow in time.  #9 Rick Ciaccio showed up, sorry to have missed the early action but it looked like there was plenty left for him.

Sticks still playing in the section we deserted

And lefts still coming off Main Peak.

A real transition day from spring to summer.  The swell was a spring swell, from the Northwest, and the water temp chilly.  But the morning glass, warm sunny day and crowded beach had a real feel of summer.

Posted by Picasa

1 comment:

Craig T said...

Lot's of fun! thanks Hank!