From the National Weather Service for Southern California
...STRONG LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM TO BRING VERY STRONG WINDS...COLDER
WEATHER AND POSSIBLE SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS THURSDAY AND FRIDAY...
A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL INTENSIFY AS IT MOVES SOUTH ACROSS THE
GREAT BASIN TO THE LOWER COLORADO RIVER VALLEY WEDNESDAY INTO
THURSDAY. THIS WILL BRING A SHARP CHANGE IN THE WEATHER TO EXTREME
SOUTHWESTERN CALIFORNIA...WITH VERY STRONG NORTHEASTERLY
WINDS...COLDER WEATHER AND A SMALL CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND
THUNDERSTORMS THURSDAY AND FRIDAY.
Gardening note --
In addition to the implications to the local surf conditions I would suggest that you make arrangement's to protect any winter crops you may be growing. The strong Santa Ana's, sometimes called "the devil winds" can be hard on any new growth. A good watering would be in order and if your plants are exposed then some wind protection might be advisable too.
I would post this once a week but once a year during Thanksgiving week is probably better.
Sorry about the ads in front but you know how it is.
Just in time as kitchens all over America are spinning up to fever pitch. Or maybe you are just looking thru Yelp reviews for somewhere close by.
Either way enjoy the day.
Locally we have a long standing tradition of off shore winds on T-day. Not necessarily any surf to go with it but at least some winds.
BTW, this post isn't quite as good as the one I originally wrote, the comedy, the drama, the witty repartee, the deep life changing observations about the universe. Yeah it was a good one but then I had computer issues. If I had a Mac I could say "a leopard ate my blog post" but no mac here. Just a under powered Dell without enough RAM, too small a hard drive and that crumby windows XP OS.
I will probably suspend the breath for a couple of days during the holiday (thur-sun) or maybe not. I try not to make too many plans, they always change anyway and so I just try to go with the flow.
Something I just got in the mail,
I made a quick trip to Spain on a short vacation unfortunately i got mugged at the park of hotel where i stayed,worse of it was that my surfmat and fins were stolen at GUNPOINT leaving me mat-less right now.
I swear it's was a horrible experience for me,i need help flying across the water and the authorities are not being 100% supportive even thought there is a good swell running 2-3 feet overhead! but the good thing is that i till have my stoke. I need some cash to get on a mat back home. please let me know if you can help.
I would appreciate your reply.
I checked and our friend seems to be OK nevertheless let this be a lesson to all of us to be mindful, careful and to stay out of the park next to the hotel after dark.
The picture above caught my eye with the caption, "Alaska faces one of it's worst storms ever"
Alaska has some wicked storms so this bears watching.
I can't tell if this one will send us wave or just pound the Alaskan coast.
(Stupid economics degree)
Winter weather in SoCal is green light red light game played with wind and water
First some gnarly storm in the Gulf of Alaska set swells in motion.
Those swells bear down in whatever direction the storm was moving, as well as waves of energy traveling out to the left and right of that direction.
As the swell heads in our direction so does the storm that created it. Often times they are out of sync by the time they reach our fair shores. Which is good because nothing ruins a swell like a storm.
What the storm giveth the storm taketh away.
Unless we are sitting under a dome of high pressure, which is not that usual for us.
That forces the storm to track north of us, while the swell continues on in our general direction.
So winter is a happy combo of some rainy days and some warm dry days with swell mixed in there somewhere.
So if there is anything I hate more than Monday's
it's a Monday after a time change
I have gone on
the marginal inefficiency and
just plain aggravation
on changing my
Now you might say
it's the good time change"
we get back
But see it
from my side.
I get up for work at 5
I've been up since 3
I get up at five
and I've been up
It's not helping
That and since
there is no way to
In other news
bodysurfing is indeed the new black
this phase will pass quickly
because there is no commercial potential
or Mark Cunningham would be a deity
The big SF bodysurfing contest went off over the weekend
Judging from the preliminary marketing
the organizers and contestants
weren't taking the whole thing too seriously
which is good
more fun that way.
The ASP on the other hand
which also ran a contest "Somewhere in SF" over the last week or so
obviously needs to make some changes.
Having given it the serious thought it is due I respectfully summit the following.
1 - radically simplify the whole rating system (maybe something with beads for winning a heat)
2- find someone that can add
3 - come to the obvious conclusion that competitive surfing makes as much sense as competitive picnicking.
Why not do what the magazines have been doing for a while now.
Have the biggest of the Action Sports Retailers pony up some dough and have there 10 best contract players (well at least the ones that are reasonably sober and not checked into rehab) perform in a roving "Expression Session". The circus that comes along with the contest can still come along. Stickers can be passed out. Surfing aficionados could argue into the night about the merits of the rodeo-clown-double-uber-flip as it relates to mortgage rates in america or whatever they are taking about "in the booth" (I turn the sound down before clicking on the link, lest I a subjected to the rap)
You just wouldn't have the points.
That undeniable total
showing without a modicum of doubt
in the backyard for weeks
covered in mud
the result of my son’s nocturnal roaming
thru the back bay mud
It was irritating
a good pair of regulation
going to waste
I had worn out
over the years
The blue suede ones
in high school
as much as a uniform
as the red ones were that
I wore busing tables at the Cannery restaurant
my senior summer
(I had long hair and had to wear a wig
that's another post)
these shoes go to waste
First I soaked them
in a bucket
they would never be
snow white again
I am a sloppy
and I know
I used a half pound
of the weird espresso
to stain them
after a week in the bucket
RIP James Van Doren co founder of the Van Doren rubber company.
RT over at WWAARRBBLLEESS always has the best stuff.
Always interesting to see how his movies, clips and works in projects change as time passes.
(Does time pass? It's always right now. As true when I wrote it as it is when you are reading it, right now!)
But I digress
Super fun surfing
Watch it twice
I have, on more than one occasion, thrown in some tidbits regarding Lloyd Kahn here on 23B. Builder, early editor to the Whole Earth Catalog (the place for new ideas and information sharing before the internet), runner, beach comber, editor of Shelter Publications, skateboarder, gardener and someone who seems to be having a heck of a lot of fun in the process.
The rain hadn't started yet when I got up at 5.
Ok it was 5:15 gimme a break it's Friday.
Anyway now at 7am it's definitely raining.
Or as we like to say "The cat is not happy"
So be careful, drive safely and have a nice weekend.