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Turns and drops at Pacific Beach

Posted by George J Janczyn on January 31, 2010

Wave acrobatics on water and on land. Two-shot sequences in parallel.

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Friday spot check: Tourmaline

Posted by George J Janczyn on January 29, 2010

A calm morning at Tourmaline with a 7.4′ high tide (and kelp!) swamping the beach. As usual, you can spot at least a few longboarders out here even if waves are scarce. Click pics to enlarge.

The gulls had the Cove pretty much to themselves

A few catchables at the Point

A left near Pumphouse

A right near Pumphouse

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Sunday waves aren’t too bad

Posted by George J Janczyn on January 17, 2010

The dawn patrol was out at Ocean Beach picking up remnants of the big swell of the past few days. With a series of storms expected to hit our area starting tomorrow, this may be the last clean surf we have for a week or so.

 

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Photographing tubes at Big Rock

Posted by George J Janczyn on January 12, 2010


 

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Friday spot check: Grandview

Posted by George J Janczyn on January 8, 2010

This week I took a short drive up the coast to Grandview St. in Leucadia to see if the predicted WNW swell was coming in. The main swell isn’t due until tomorrow, so it was a bit early for bigger waves though it did seem like something was brewing. The tide was going out so that dampened the waves a bit, but it was a good day for longboarding and for walking along the beach discalced.

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Sunday visit to Big Rock

Posted by George J Janczyn on January 3, 2010

One more day to savor the sun and waves before the first work-week of the year arrives. Big Rock is my favorite San Diego break for lefts. Waves here come out of deep water quickly on to a shallow (sharp!) reef and then break along a rock shelf which makes for hollow tubes and catapults from the backwash. The transition from deep water to reef is so abrupt that the takeoff zone is narrow and tricky. If the wave doesn’t look like it’s about to break on you, you’re probably too far out to catch it. I really liked this Jeff Alexander 6’1″ board that belonged to a local resident named Rand:

 

So, here are the waves:

 

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Friday spot check: Ocean Beach

Posted by George J Janczyn on January 1, 2010

It was a pleasant New Year’s Day for the morning patrol at Ocean Beach. I started shooting at about 8:30am between the little jetties. There was one unfortunate kick-out contact at about 4:09 after which a few words were exchanged, but everyone seemed mellow and happy to be catching waves.

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Friday spot check: Del Mar

Posted by George J Janczyn on December 18, 2009

For this Friday’s morning visit I selected Del Mar at the foot of Del Mar Heights Road. The sets were mostly about waist high with a few shoulder-highs. Fair form. The waves are forecast to stick around until tomorrow and then back off for awhile.

Instead of using my camcorder, I’m seeing how well the Nikon D5000 camera does with video (also used for the still shot above). My zoom only goes to 200mm and I was some distance from the action so nothing as close as I can get with the camcorder. Editing the video I played a bit with titles and transitions and used a music track licensed under Creative Commons. From this experience I’d say the camera’s video is weak if you use high zoom and pan to follow moving objects; even with a tripod it’s shaky and jerky. Any good video on this camera probably will need to use little or no zoom, tripod only, and very little panning. It also didn’t perform well on the contrasty opening scene…the ocean on the left is completely washed out. Still, because it’s HD (720p), it’s acceptable in full-screen mode (you should also click the HD button if you go full-screen).

 

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Surfing Swami’s

Posted by George J Janczyn on December 10, 2009

After yesterday’s session at Big Rock I thought the waves might still be pumping so I decided to visit Swami’s this a.m. rather than wait until Friday (this takes the place of Friday’s Spot Check). The swell wasn’t quite as big as yesterday but it looked like fun, at least most of the time–even at 7am there were around 50 people out and some of the waves were quite crowded. It always is at Swami’s. There were a few close calls and in one case someone’s loose board got run over and it looks like it probably suffered a slicing gash from the rider’s fin. All in all, though, it was a nice morning.

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Surf’s up at Big Rock

Posted by George J Janczyn on December 9, 2009

The next few days should bring some pretty good waves to San Diego although it might be risky to go surfing so soon after the storm. I could smell sewage from my vantage point at Big Rock in La Jolla. One of the surfers came out after a couple of waves and told me he decided to cut his session short because the powerful smell made him think again about being out there. The pelicans didn’t seem bothered by it though.

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