Thirty-one guys were here at the Nelson B&B, Recreation, and Event Center this past Thursday night. Church men’s group. We’re having BBQ’s once a month during summer break. During sharing time one of the newer guys mentions he is the surfing instructor at a local high school (only in Cali!) and that he’d like to organize a dawn surfing session some Sunday morning. A dozen hands flew up and suddenly I’ve signed up for my first surfing lesson.
Let me add that on Thursday night I mentioned that I was an eighty degree minimum water temperature kind guy. 79.9 degrees means I don’t go in. 80.0 degrees minimum. Period. End of discussion. I was told the Pacific Ocean will never be that warm here, but since it’s nearly August, I could expect low 70’s.
The excursion was also sold as a sunny dawn surfing class followed by breakfast and then we’d all go to church as a group with mostly dry swim trunks.
At 5:30am this morning I woke to a light rain. Rain! We haven’t had any of that in months. Why today? But not being a quitter, I was there on time.
The boards are stored under the lifeguard office at a Newport Beach. First items out were the boards. Next item out was a wetsuit that almost fit. They said I’d need it. Heck, I needed it just standing there shivering on land!
After some words of advice and pop-up practice on the sand we headed to the water.
OUCH! OH! THIS WATER IS COOOOOLD! @#$%^&*!!! “Oh yeah, it’s cooled off in the last couple of days” because of some storm, yada yaadda, yaaaddda.
Although I’m not sure this sport is for me, I greatly appreciate the experience. In fact, I hope we do it one more time this summer on exactly the warmest water temperature day of the year! But, I’ve decided the sales pitch was not 100% correct!
So how cold was the water? Low 60’s!