S13 & 14: Wave Day
Pacific Ocean Cape Sebastian
The forecast was for a solid day, but the morning brought fog and a smooth windless ocean. Arrived at Cape Sebastien at about 9 am to find Steve thinking about surfing. I took a quick look at the look-out (larger, but disorganized) and Pistol River (larger, but dumping and inconsistent) for better SUP waves, but returned to the cape.
Once back at the cape a local surfer was returning from their session and said there were knee to waist high clean waves in Hunter's Cove (north end of Cape Sebastian), which confirmed what I have seen from the road above. Steve wanted to surf the parking lot, so I walked the length of the beach alone to SUP. Steve latter joined me then George and I returned down the beach so he could enjoy the spot too. The waves were clean, soft and gentle. Perfect for SUP practice! Dozens of rides were had and many smiles shared! George and I even shared a long clean 'party wave' that looked like it stretched the full width of the cove!
The cape was shrouded in fog so the raw beauty of that end of the beach was tempered by the soft, quiet coolness of the fog. It really looked doubtful that we would be sailing in the afternoon and several people started their trip home.
Shortly after returning to the parking lot, some south wind helped to clear the fog and a northwest flow returned. About 10 people started to rig and take to the water. The wind was light, gusting and patchy, but it was workable and down-the-line rides could be had. The wind on the inside began to get really light (making catching waves really tough, so I went and grabbed the SUP to do a little SUP-sail. Funny I had joked with Michael that there hadn’t been any SUP / SUP-sailing lately.
Three water sports and a full day of playing in the waves!
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Quote(s) of the day:
BWD (as I took the SUP-sail to the water): “That’s cheating!”
Me (giving John some quick SUP-sail tips as he was taking the SUP-sail for a spin): “It is quicker to tack than gybe in light wind.”
John: “I can’t tack.”
Me (talking about SUP-sailing): “I find it really soft and rhythmic – almost dream like.”
John: “Dream weaver would make a better on-line name than C36.”
Wind * (out of five stars)
Fugly (gusty, unstable cape wind at its worst).
Water/Waves ** (out of five stars)
Modest, playful knee to waist high waves.
Jumps * (out of five stars)
Jumps restricted to the puffs.
Stoke *** (out of five stars)
Mixed reaction to today – some happy with a play day and others left wanting more. I was stoked to get one more down-the-line session in (potentially the last for this trip) to make it seven days in row.