Sun 24 Sep 06

Surf Report # 20

Location: Devil’s Punch Bowl State Park – 8 miles N of Newport, OR
Time: 10:30 am- 1:30 pm
Air Temp: 80° F
Water Temp: 57° F
Wind: From E 9 mph
Waves: 5 ft
Gear: 5/3 wetsuit, 5 mm boots, 3 mm gloves

Back to back days! Surfed with Dan and Mary again. Used the rented 7′ softtop again also. The weather was so nice this morning/afternoon. Eighty degrees, cloudless, off-shore reasonably calm wind. I was pretty warm in the 5/3, even going hoodless again. Waves weren’t huge (which actually was quite nice for the paddle out), but were as clean as anything I’ve seen here yet. I felt today like I was really making some significant learning steps. Really focused on only going for the good waves, rather than just lunging for anything breaking nearby. Caught four consecutive faces followed by long rides at one point. Fun, fun.

Later we watched passing whales from the Otter Rock overlook. Tried to take pictures, but pretty much just captured spray. Great day!

Picture on the left was from mid afternoon after the waves had really died down. Busy day in the water, but easy to get away from the crowd by floating down the beach a little ways. Picture on the right is looking North from Otter Crest.