I had an epiphany yesterday. Chucho was sleeping and I was able to sneak downstairs. He didn't even notice I was gone, so how could he be butthurt?
I figured, what if I bailed on him and left him in the condo, but left the condo door open in case he wanted out? If he did, he would find a friendly party and he'd have his collar on so he'd likely find his way back to me. Worst-case scenario is he gets hit by a car and then we have the option of moving back to the States... 😇
I did so and hoofed it down to PC. It was a solid size on the sets, about head-and-a-half.
My first wave was a close-out, but I was jamming on it so I was game. I pumped twice, then tucked down and got barreled. I had a sick view and then I had trouble seeing anything that wasn't water because the barrel just kept running and running
I caught a wave and I had Bob about thirty feet in front of me. I made eye contact with him and analyzed my options. I ended up hesitating as he was just in front of me (at about one o-clock). I decided to do my damnedest to avoid landing on him and catapulted off my board using my hands. When I came up I checked on him to ensure I hadn't impaled him and he was worried about me.
Barry caught a sick one and he was somewhat close to me after I paddled back out from my abortion of a wave. I screamed at him to GO! GO! as I duckdove. He managed one turn on a really fast wave before it reached its final phase.
I caught a screamer of my own later in the session, but it was a third the size of Barry's (wave).
I also had a wave under which I duckdove which hit me so hard I saw stars.
When I got back I was excited to see what the Chucho experiment had wrought. I saw the condo building and thought it was good that it was still standing. I turned the corner towards the entrance and noticed Chucho's trademark poop and thought "Uh oh". I got to my door and it was closed. I found out later the cleaning ladies had ushered and sequestered him back upstairs. Luckily there was no damage, as in 2015 he tore our rental in CO up after years of having been ok being left alone.