After a while I realized that it was Al, who's spent at least 20 hours in the water over the last seven days and is soon going to have to go back to northern CA & full wetsuits...
I don't blame him for the wimpering...
I lived 20 years in Santa Cruz where they hold the Cold Water Classic Surfing Competition and BRRR!!! They don't call it the Cold Water Classic for nuthin'!
Unfortunately, I'm not too much of a swimmer, but I'd be brave enough to go knee high into those freezing waters.. and it was enough to keep me from ever going full body. I certainly prefer the warmer waters of the Caribbean, Phuket, Hawaii, Florida, etc. 8) Hang in there T.Al! I'm sure Nords would love to see your mug again on some other visit!
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