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There is something about the ocean that provides a sense of calm. Despite the ocean’s mood this one character still remains. I found it as I was as I was passing through San Diego on my way to LA.
Under the guide of a local I was steered away from the crowded streets of the Gaslamp District and Downtown San Diego, beyond the trolley lines which are my usual mode of transport and instead found myself upon an ocean cliff led down to the beach below by flowers leaning in for the last of the day’s heat. We spent an evening frolicking on the sand, hoping that our wave dance would bring swell for the next few days.
Despite our dance the swell remained small but that didn’t stop me from diving in to experience a wave other than those on offer at Punta San Carlos. I only managed two sessions, one at La Jolla Shores, a beach break with plenty of options which makes it difficult to tire of. Bored of one wave, just paddle over to the next section and enjoy something different. I chose to hone my backside skills by going left and was surprised to find it feeling rather comfortable after just a few waves.
Even better was the session I enjoyed at Windansea on a low tide which meant feet scraping rocks in the line-up shallow. The wave pitches up off the reef and can be a little shifty but offers a left and a right, I chose to surf the rights and found a few fun hits on a little left that peels towards you as you head down the right. I came out the water with a grin thinking, “That was the best I’ve ever surfed.”
Alas all the time in the water on a board meant no time in the water with the camera which was a shame as the water was the colour of a blue diamond and just as clear. I did grab a few from the shore and have included them in the album below. If you sport yourself in one and would like the hi-res version, just ask.Facebook API came back with a faulty result. You may be accessing an album you do not have permissions to access.