I told M-I-M about my tubular session on the previous day. We checked it, but the waves were smaller and looked fatter. The offshore was on it, too, which led to surfers being slower on the waves than usual. We waffled and waffled and finally decided to check NoTePads, famous for its lack of crowds and nearby topography that funnels offshores right into the waves.
Because Del Mar and San Diego finally came to an agreement on fixing the ancient bridge that joins them on the 101, our way there was closed. We were forced to set up on Carmel Valley Road and couldn't seem to get a good view of the waves. We shot the shit and finally, I saw a set feather and was convinced there was something out there.
We walked through the parking area and under the bridge, then streaked south while wading through the estuary's outflow. Eventually, I made the call as to where to paddle out.
We paddled out without incident. I got into my first wave relatively quickly. It was a pretty sweet crab grab on which I had to stall a bit as it took a second or two to throw out. I got a nice view of the sun streaming through the lip, but not much else. I can't remember why, but I bit it hard and got spun around underwater.
The GoPro decided to only work for six-second spurts and so I retired it for the session.
I got another right and the offshores got under my board, pushing me back. Finally, gravity and my front foot's insistence in stepping on the gas won out, but my trophy was a dubious one. It looked like what someone trying to do a backside floater with absolutely no speed would be doing.
Mike and I split several peaks during the session. The best of these was one on which I went left and managed to get a couple of turns in before kicking out.
Then, I got a smaller, barreling right and I tucked in. I got chandeliered, but made it through, my first made crab grab since my trip to Panama a year ago this month.
Mike and I were out for almost two hours before we bailed. I tried to convince Mike to stay out all day as we both had time, but he decided he wanted to go home to see his wife and son.