We spent this past weekend in Crescent City, CA surfing the south beach break. This was also the weekend of the Noll long board surf contest, but we weren’t there to participate. We just wanted to surf, or I should say, I just wanted to surf.
The magic seaweed site was rating the swell at 5 stars. It was 8 or 9ft at 14 seconds…pretty damned big surf.
We got there late, set up camp at my favorite Crescent City camp spot, and headed to the beach. It was getting late, so I dashed out and with my 6′ 4″ quad fish. The swell was big but mushy, there wasn’t much wind to speak of.
It was hard to find the correct spots to set up for the peaks, they seemed to be moving all over the place. I paddled my ass off and got very few rides, none longer than maybe 10 seconds. The rides were short, closeout, which left me inside and I’d have to struggle my way back out through the chunder.
The only good thing that came out of that session was my duck dives got a hell of a lot better. I haven’t had this short board very long, and am still trying to get the duck dive technique down. This session went a long way to accommodating that. By the end I was actually figuring out how to go fairly deep under the break. A well done duck dive is almost as exhilarating as a nice long right…almost. Continue reading South Beach Surf Session