I woke up this morning to a dismal swell map…
However, sometimes the swell map is not so accurate.
I’ve called dives after seeing similar maps, only to be told afterwards that conditions and visibility were great.
I drove to Palos Verdes for a look, and hopefully a dive.
I arrived at 8:03 AM; three other divers known as the “Set Builders” were gearing up.
Apparently, they had checked the other places in Palos Verdes, and this was the least worst.
I walked down to see the conditions for myself.
There was no way in hell anyone was going off the Point.
I met Reverend Al, Randy and Eric as I was checking out the Point; Dash showed up later.
Someone remarked, “I hear Redondo Beach is good, if you like looking at sand.”
“I think I might go home and just do some push ups,” Reverend Al said.
We studied the conditions at the Cove.
The cove was divable, but the visibility was questionable – the foam on top and the fact that it had been pounded for the last day or so gave us doubts.
After a rouge wave crashed against the Cove, we called it.
We wished the Set Builders a good dive and watched them enter in a very unique way – they sat on a rock, put their fins on and crawled out, into the water.
That’s actually the way I was originally taught to enter, but I quickly learned the stand up way after a wave threw me against a boulder.
We went our separate ways.
Driving home, I realized how dumb some of the laws in California are – they state Nazis have banned plastic bags and incandescent lights, and as of last month, a driver must give three feet of space when passing a bicyclist.
Don’t get me wrong, as I am an avid bicyclist…
But in Palos Verdes, it is impossible, and the law can easily turn into a money grab for the Police.
Bicyclist rarely ride on the right side of the bike path, but mostly on or close to the line.
The car lane is 9 feet wide, my truck is 6 feet wide, which doesn’t give me much leeway when I pass a bicyclist who is going 15 miles an hour, as I’m going 45.
Which is the cheaper ticket – passing a bicyclist closer than three feet, or crossing the double yellow line?
Sometimes it’s just a curb on the other side… slow traffic down to a bicyclist’s pace until there’s a way to pass?
I don’t really think there’s a way to enforce this law, and if my radio worked, I probably wouldn’t have even been thinking about this.
The Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest will be at Veterans Park this coming Saturday – stay tuned!