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Tuesday January 22 2008 08:35:00 AM
Wind direction: Offshore
Wind Strength: Glassy
Nb waves ridden: 1
Length of the surf session: 1.5 hours
Surfboard ridden: 9" Longboard
Weather and water temp: 78 F, 65 F
Waves height: 1.5m / 5ft
Went down to Playa Norte in San Bartolo this morning around 8am. The water looked great and the waves were solid mid-sized around 4-6 ft, with occasional sets up to around 8ft.
It was my first time surfing in San Bartolo so it took me a bit to find a good place to enter the water at low tide. Most of the beaches seem to have rocks lined up just off shore. The best bet looks like walking down the jetty and them jumping in, easier done with a shortboard than my longboard though. I finally entered at the very south end of the road near where a couple boats were setup.
The paddle out wasn't bad at all, but the rocks were just a few feet below me most of the time, and the tide was due to hit it's lowest at 11am. By the time I came back in, I was touching the rocks with my hands while paddling. Gladly the sets laid off for a few minutes and getting in at the same spot wasn't a problem.
I was looking for some decent beginner type waves, which I had seen the night before at high tide. But at low tide the waves were breaking pretty good and were a bit larger than I was ready for. It would have been a blast with my bodyboard. I saw some good easy breakers up closer to the shore, but with all the rocks there just lined up only a few feet under the water it wasn't possible to ride them. It looks like I'll have to come back at high tide to get what I'm looking for.
At one point we got a set of about Nine 6-8 foot waves in a row. I didn't end up on the rocks, but me and another guy got pretty close. I now see why others have recommended to wear booties here. There were urchins for sure, but the rocks themselves were fairly smooth and there aren't a ton of muscles (chorros).
The crowd in the morning on a weekday was pretty tame and comfortable. I think there were about 4-6 guys out at the southern wave and 2 more up north past a couple jettys.
Planning to go back and check it out at high tide...
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