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Tuesday, November 25, 2003

New Reports for 17, 19, 21, 22, and 23 of November.

Strange start to a surf year. No real "Back to School Swell" to speak of but then a very consistent lineup of Alaskan swells in the first part of October. The high pressure then enveloped that whole area and we didn't get a "Halloween Swell" for the first time in ever. Now it appears the unheard of is going to happen, after at least 4 fun straight "Thanksgiving Swells" in a row we now look like we are going to take a big bagel on turkey day. Stormsurf is saying there will at least be something out there on Thursday, and getting better as the weekend progress's, but nothing of the epicness we deserve. There is always hope for the "Christmas Swell". Something to put on your wishlist: Storm Train in Gulf of Alaska.

Once SB local Todd has maintained Golden Coast Surfing up in the bay area for some time, complete with Maddux inspired surf reports. The Newspress has madeover their online classified section, making it more searchable and enjoyable. Matt is selling 'some kind of jetpilot' wetsuit in the SBS classifieds.
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Sunday, November 23, 2003

For your holiday shopping convience Wetsand has free shipping for totals of over $100.
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Friday, November 21, 2003

A few reports coming soon. Some windswell from pretty steep is out there perhaps, but the tidal swings are going to be wicked these next few days. This from NOAA:

HIGH TIDES IN EXCESS OF 7 FEET WILL OCCUR SUNDAY THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING AND MAY CAUSE MINOR TIDAL OVERFLOW IN LOW LYING AREAS OF VENTURA AND LOS ANGELES COUNTIES. THE HIGHEST TIDES WILL OCCUR DURING THE MORNING. PROPERTY OWNERS AND ANYONE ELSE AT THE COAST WHERE MINOR TIDAL OVERFLOW WOULD CAUSE PROBLEMS SHOULD TAKE ACTION IF NEEDED AND MONITOR THE SITUATION DURING THIS PERIOD.

I'm still not quite sure why NOAA yells these things. An article in the SLO indy paper, "New Times" about an association of amputee surfers that hang out in the Pismo area. That site can be found at Ampsurf.com and the article about the learn to surf clinic they held on October 24 for amputees is here.
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Thursday, November 13, 2003

Conditions and then some killer kold has kept the pope out the water since Nov 1st. I'd recommend lots of Zicam and Vitamin C. The last sampling date for water quality was Nov 3, so we've got about 2-3 rainy days since then and no water quality data.

The Lompoc Record had an article about Lompoc surfer Peter Mussio. The 13 year old charger/shark attack victim Bethany Hamilton has her own support website. It appears one of Oxnard's fine power plants will be taken offline soon, as well as one in Ellwood. This picture here sent in from Burke, taken by somebody a few weeks ago at Pleasure Point in Santa Cruz. The 3rd of 3 Fortman pictures is up on the right, a mid 90's shot from the Gaviota Coast.

A benefit for the Surfrider Foundation is tonight (Thursday the 13th) at SoHo. A screening of "High Life", a ski and snowboard flick at 8:00 and 10:00, with music by Slackstring to follow. No word on cost.
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Thursday, November 06, 2003

Surf Happens contest at Jalama on Saturday.

Update your bookmarks on the main source of Vanderberg launch info. Brian Webb now has a new url "Space Archive" where you can still find updates on local space going on's including Vandenberg launches, meteor showers, and rare sun and moon occurences.
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Wednesday, November 05, 2003

After a rainy Friday and Monday, the big question on everyone's mind is how is the water quality. Monday's sampling was surprisingly good, with no beaches closed and the only surfable beach with a warning being Hendry's. More rain in the forecast for Friday and Saturday.

With all that rain and cold, get your inner island going this Saturday, Nov 8 at 9:00, where Bar Absinthe is presenting Tiki Bar Night, a Benefit for Domestic Violence Solutions. Featured will be the most excellent Blue Hawaiians who play surf styled music which you can hear samples of on Amazon. $12 at the door or $10 in advance at the Arlington ticket office or the club. Absinthe is at 500 Anacapa St. in downtown Santa Barbara.

With a 34.48% voter turnout, Santa Barbara elected Helene Schneider, Das Williams, and Brian Barnwell to the city council yesterday. Weather these 3 folks can fullfill their promises to work on the housing problem, freeway congestion, and restoring community remains to be seen.


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Saturday, November 01, 2003

This from the Ellwood people: "Don't miss it! SCAPE and the SB Art Association are co-sponsoring an art show to benefit TPL for the Save Ellwood Mesa campaign, called "Embracing Ellwood." It runs November 1-30, and the reception is Sunday, Nov 2 from 4-6pm. It is at Gallery 113 in the La Arcada Court, right near Acapulco restaurant. 25% of the proceeds will be donated to TPL."

Also, don't forget this Tuesday, November 4 you get to vote again. This time you can choose up to 3 candidates for city council. Brush up on the voting by checking out the candidates. Goletians can also see how this will effect them.

An unheard of Halloween: rain and no waves. Thunder and Lightening in some parts of the county. If you missed out on the Pearl Jam concert but want to check it out, you can download a bootleg of the show at Happening Tailpipe. Annoying Talking Women in the background is one example of poor bowl etiquette.
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