So, here we are in November and it seems like Aliso Beach and all of the Southern California Coastline have been deprived of waves. Flat is a very telling word in the wave riding community. When there are no waves, exercise for many of us goes out the window, we lose a good source of magnesium, we are deprived of vitamin a from the sun, we lose our tans and we do not have opportunities to get away from the concrete jungle and all of the stresses of every day life. The ocean is our sanctuary, and for those Aliso Beach traysurfers, Aliso Beach bodysurfers, Aliso Beach skimboarders, Aliso Beach bodyboarders and Aliso Beach skimboarders, sustained periods of time without waves are extremely painful. Boredom is no good for us! It certainly is not our choice.
As I have most of the month, I drove through Laguna Beach in the early morning. Aliso Beach and all of the beaches and coves in Laguna were flat as a pancake. The water could have been a sheet of ice it was so flat. Little motion, no curves, no angles and no energy. The water was an incredible iridescent blue that stole its color from the reflection of a baby blue skies staggered with clouds that partially obstructed the sun. The view was incredible. Barefoot in the sand, caressed by light winds blowing off the ocean and invigorated by the smell of salt in the air, I was in a perfect moment with no traffic, no headaches, no stresses and no worries. All that was missing at Aliso Beach was the presence of waves. I have almost forgotten what the experience of water, light and energy is like and how good it is for the mind, body and soul!
Friday may be a change to the pattern that has had high pressure over the North Pacific choking out storms that angle ideally towards Southern California to give us late fall and winter season waves. There is a storm coming with this energy and nobody seems to know exactly how significantly it will bring weather but it appears that it will not greatly affect the quality of the conditions. It’s standard to be thankful for all that we have on Thanksgiving but I will be thankful that the waves have come back to life at Aliso Beach and South Laguna.