West Coast is raging

No not a party, well, i guess it is to me. Anyone else on the west coast taking advantage of the big seas predicted for Sunday? I think I’ll do a 12 mile downwind from Goleta to Santa Barbara. Hopefully the wind picks up early and strong. Last time we had this forecast it turned out great. 6-8’ fast swell with 2-3’ wind waves that helped you catch the big ones. Lots of open water breaking waves. (I took multiple crumbling wave tops in the upper chest, like paddling through a 2’ breaking shore wave, except I was a mile out). It was rowdy!

I hope the forecast holds - 7 second interval is perfect for minimal paddling downwind runs. if the waves stack up over 4 feet at 7 seconds, those SOB’s get steep, but thats good in my book. 7’ @ 7 seconds looks a lot like my heaven. Only need to paddle between sets, or to catch the one in front of you. This forecast is why I have a 9" high chord rudder on my ski :slight_smile:

Good times aho

NOAA Forecast for the inner Channel Islands (Point Mugu to Point Conception)
Western portion, NW winds 10 to 15 kt becoming 25 to 35 kt in the afternoon. Eastern portion, winds variable 10 kt or less becoming W 15 to 25 kt in the afternoon. Combined seas 4 to 6 ft dominant period 13 seconds, building to 8 to 11 ft dominant period 7 seconds in the afternoon.

Sun Night
Western portion, NW winds 30 to 40 kt. Eastern portion, NW winds 20 to 30 kt. Combined seas 11 to 14 ft dominant period 8 seconds.


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Just got back from week in Oakland. The Bay was flat but the temps were nice in the 60s. Got some scootering in, going from meetings to hotel and back. Downtown is flat. No excitement but still pleasant.

Will be San Diego in March. Odds are good that there’ll be waves. Just have to figure whether I have time…


Well i can get you out at first light or early evening until dark with a little warning. I’m going to be in Utah part time in March but can meet up with a wave ski or paddle board if I’m here in SD, if you want.

Thanks, Val. Appreciate the offer. Not sure exactly what my schedule will be either.

Hope you are fully recovered.