Sun 10 Dec 06

Surf Report # 27

Location: Grand Haven, MI – South Pier
Time: 3:00 pm- 4:00 pm
Air Temp: 42° F
Water Temp: 40° F
Wind: From SSW 17 mph
Waves: 4-7 ft
Gear: 5/3 wetsuit, 5 mm boots, 3 mm gloves, .5 mm hood

Checked out Ferrysburg and the north pier first. Waves were breaking, but nothing too big. Looked quite a bit bigger across the channel by the south pier (which if I had thought ahead would of course make sense with wind out of the south), so I changed into my wetsuit and drove back into Grand Haven. Also, this avoided the kiteboarders who gearing up to swoop around the north pier as I first pulled into the lot.

Well the south side was a complete mess, but definitely way bigger. Lots of peaks and bowls. Super amusing when a couple of waves peaked right where I happened to be floating. I kept imagining that this is what it must feel like to be caught out on some open arctic sea. No really long rides, but occassionally I could string together two different waves colliding and heading in opposite directions. Pretty fun making a dramatic directional shift mid ride.

Only stayed out about an hour though as the choppy waves really did a solid job of repeatedly flushing icy water down my back.