New Year’s Eve storm also brought the first surf of the new year and decade. For January 1st, relatively balmy with bright sunshine, air temps in the upper 30’s but a stiff sustained offshore (west) wind of 25 MPH plus and gusts into the 30 plus MPH range. Explains the invasion of the wind buggies that were zipping up and down the beach.
As for surfers, probably a baker’s dozen of us taking advantage of nice 10-11 second wind swells in the stomach to chest range (4’ plus), cleaned up by the stiff offshore wind.
With my newer Infinity Stinger Longboard still drying out and waiting for a repair to the broken tail, I brought out the old Island high performance longboard ski (just repaired, after sitting in the basement for well over a year with two punched holes to the bottom).
It definitely has less volume and is a bit tippier than the Infinity. Took some runs to get used to it again. Have to admit to spending a bit more attention and energy to stay upright against the wind than with the Infinity. I hope this sensation subsides over time as it really is not something to appreciate on colder and bigger wave sessions in the winter. For today, it was fine given the smaller surf. Got in a bit over 3 hours of wave riding. It is a pretty good start to the New Year!