Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Harvesting Autumn's Waves
If you're familiar with the ocean, you know the tides become more extreme as the Moon becomes full. Last week, during the Santa Ana conditions, we had some of the highest and lowest tides of the year. High enough for waves to crash against the cliffs in the mornings and low enough in the late afternoons for the reefs to be exposed, with acres of sand up and down the coast. The air temperature was in the 80s, but the water temperature has dropped enough to break out the wetsuits that were folded away last June.
My daughter rides both long and shortboards, depending on the size of the waves. Here's a picture of her last week, hanging five at Turtles, back lit by the setting autumn sun at the end of a golden California day.