Sun 30 Oct 05

Surf Report # 4

Location: Grand Haven, MI – South Pier
Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Air Temp: 56 F
Water Temp: 54 F
Wind: From S 13-19 mph
Waves: 3-6 feet
Gear: 5/3 wetsuit, .5 mm hood (first 30 minutes), 5 mm boots (first 30 minutes)

Surfing on exactly zero sleep after getting off of a third shift at work. No worries. Awfully fun day. Had a wind from the South for a change, so battling the rip off of the South pier was much easier. Waves were super choppy, but still plenty catchable, especially given the lower energy expendature from shore to waves.

First time the water has really felt cold to me. Jumped in with just a wetsuit at first, sans accessories. Shock to the feet, shock to the skull. Just piercing. Jumped right back out and strapped on some boots and a hood. Probably something to do with the air being warmer than the water for a change. Went with this getup until I got too warm, then peeled off the extra gear.

Surfed until I was too hungry to keep going, then nearly fell asleep repeatedly on the ride back to GR. Probably a good thing I wasn’t driving.