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Hey, dude, is that a fin?
Old 06-13-2005, 12:56 PM   #1
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Hey, dude, is that a fin?

Happy Monday, everyone.* Rush hour is winding down and I'm headed to the beach as soon as the schoolbus picks up our kid.*

This one has been around for a couple years but it's still priceless... and it won't be in my thoughts while I'm sitting out there looking at the scenery.* Nope, not at all.* With the end of the storm surge still producing 3-5, I'm hoping that I'll be too busy paddling & popping.

(It's OK, TH, this story has a happy ending.)

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Re: Hey, dude, is that a fin?
Old 06-13-2005, 01:29 PM   #2
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Re: Hey, dude, is that a fin?

Nords, a couple days ago a local south bay surfer was bitten rather severly by a sea lion, while he was walking to the water no less!* :P
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But that's a dolphin. No worries there.

The surfing spot 10 minutes from my house has lots of sharks. We get about one attack per year. I know the chances of an attack are low, but I don't surf there anymore, instead I drive about an hour north to Crescent City.
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Screw that. I would turn my board around and hike it back to shore. Guess I've seen too many Jaws movies in my time.

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Yup, looks like a dolphin to me. Not sure the surfer could tell. Probably had to clean out the wetsuit after that one. I'll sometimes get a glimpse of a turtle surfacing for air, what was that!
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I'd have walked back to shore on the surface of the water, and gladly given anyone else in the area a piggyback ride. Dolphin, land shark, white shark, small whale, blob of jello...any which way.
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The perfect surfing day.

If such a thing really exists, today was the perfect surfing day. Indulge me while I reminisce.

Plenty of sunshine with occasional shady clouds, water temps in the high 70s (rash guard only), lots of attractive beach scenery. (Hey, stop drooling-- I'm talking about the monk seal hauled out for a snooze.) Unlike some stormy days, paddling out wasn't an exercise in surging & slamming salt-water masochism. The surf was actually 4-6 feet with a little offshore breeze to pile them up and enough of a current to keep them breaking both left & right (party waves). It was fast enough to blow your ponytail around but slow enough to give you time to experiment (and to maybe get away with being a little sloppy). There were only about 20 people out there at 9 AM (Monday) and only a dozen an hour later. One of the women was wearing a string bikini tied so tightly that I'm sure her blood flow was affected in several places. (OK, you can drool now. It was sure hurting the guys in her vicinity.) Conditions were very clean-- you'd paddle out, catch the next wave a few seconds later, and ride it all the way to the beach. You'd paddle out again, see the next wave coming, and your arms would whine "But we just got here!" It didn't really matter-- you didn't have to have a lot of acceleration or speed to catch these. I even saw a couple tandem surfing.

And just when you thought that things couldn't possibly get any better, the White Plains Beach snack shack has opened for summer business!

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I'm drooling about the surfing. Here it's 51 degree water, full wetsuit with hood, booties and gloves.
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Bad day at Blackrock here.

Water temp low 80's, got to 92 today. Went to Ace and got some screen door hinges and hung the last screen door in the screen room on the back deck - wired up the bug sapper - inspected the old barbeque - looks like a new one is needed - only about three Waveriders out(Monday) - the neighbors dogs came over(four) took everyone out to throw the ball and swim - B.S'd with the neighbor a little - retired to the A/C.

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If such a thing really exists, today was the perfect surfing day.* Indulge me while I reminisce.

Plenty of sunshine with occasional shady clouds, water temps in the high 70s (rash guard only), lots of attractive beach scenery.* (Hey, stop drooling-- I'm talking about the monk seal hauled out for a snooze.)* Unlike some stormy days, paddling out wasn't an exercise in surging & slamming salt-water masochism.* The surf was actually 4-6 feet with a little offshore breeze to pile them up and enough of a current to keep them breaking both left & right (party waves).* It was fast enough to blow your ponytail around but slow enough to give you time to experiment (and to maybe get away with being a little sloppy).* There were only about 20 people out there at 9 AM (Monday) and only a dozen an hour later.* One of the women was wearing a string bikini tied so tightly that I'm sure her blood flow was affected in several places.* (OK, you can drool now.* It was sure hurting the guys in her vicinity.)* Conditions were very clean-- you'd paddle out, catch the next wave a few seconds later, and ride it all the way to the beach.* You'd paddle out again, see the next wave coming, and your arms would whine "But we just got here!"* It didn't really matter-- you didn't have to have a lot of acceleration or speed to catch these.* I even saw a couple tandem surfing.*

And just when you thought that things couldn't possibly get any better, the White Plains Beach snack shack has opened for summer business!

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Re: Hey, dude, is that a fin?

Took the dogs for a walk last night along a sandy Lake Superior beach. Absolutely no one there. Pretty big waves crashing in--probably about 5 feet. Looked like you could surf them. Water temperature, 41.2 degrees. Air temperature about 48. Nice walk. Really.
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95 here yesterday. Water in my pool ~80 degrees. No waves. No surfboard. No sharks. Well, three land sharks that looked like they wanted to get in but they had to suffer with their little 4' kiddie pool.
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Re: Hey, dude, is that a fin?

Nords,
Shark or dolphin, that sucker would be swimming in brown and yellow water had I been there.

I would like to see that string; just how tight was it? Could she need resuscitation?

Oh, it's 95-75, no rain, and scarcely a drop of water here. It's a hot time in the summertime... Those temps will last, as a general rule, until 3rd week in September.
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Took the dogs for a walk last night along a sandy Lake Superior beach. Absolutely no one there. Pretty big waves crashing in--probably about 5 feet. Looked like you could surf them. Water temperature, 41.2 degrees. Air temperature about 48. Nice walk. Really.
Let's look at this from a different perspective:

Somebody dragged my butt along for walk on the beach last nite. That person was the DW (al least I show some respect!). Waves about 3-4 feet. Felt like you would freeze your feet if they got wet, have to have them amputated. Water temp: 41.2 Air temp: 48 Wind Chill: -15. Horrible walk. Really.
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Screw that.* I would turn my board around and hike it back to shore.* Guess I've seen too many Jaws movies in my time.

Me too! - And then I'd run to the car to get my Fly Rod!
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Am I missing something here? How does tying a bikini more tightly make it sexier? If it's a string bikini, tying the string tighter doesn't make the fabric tighter, right?

Please explain -- using photos.
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Check out what's in these barrels:
http://www.surfline.com/surfnews/200...8_tubetime.cfm
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The surf was actually 4-6 feet with a little offshore breeze to pile them up
Wow, that sounds great. The waves are only double-knee high on our leeward shore. Looks like there is more to come tomorrow, but the trades have been very strong.
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