BOMBS AWAY ALISO BEACH
Cyclone Pam, after tearing up Fiji, Vanatua and the South Pacific, swung around New Zealand latching onto additional fetch on its move north and took aim at the Southern California swell window. She unleashed her fury on the Laguna Beach area trying to tear Aliso Beach a new one. The lifeguards had an intense day keeping the inexperienced and kids away from the water’s edge and getting sucked into a catastrophic beat down with waves whose intensity was an episode of bombs away Aliso Beach. As predicted it was a warm day and Aliso Beach was packed with people from all over Southern California. With metered parking lots on both sides of South Coast Highway, a children’s playground and easy access from the lot to the sand, this beach is immensely popular. When warm weather collides with massive surf, Aliso Beach is a real challenge to keep safe. It never ceases to amaze me how ignorant people are of the power of the ocean. The lifeguards were sprinting along the beach getting people without fins out of the water and advising children and their parents to stay out of even the shallows due to the raw power and fury being unleashed by Pam. In one sweep south a lifeguard sprinted to help drag a young child out of the water being sucked back out to sea from the shore in what I would describe as a close call. If the battle to hang onto a child in that kind of surf is lost, there is a real good chance of the loss of life. As I always do, I reinforce in these stories that understanding the ocean is something every parent and child visiting the beach should have. Yesterday was red flag which means that 99.9% of the population should not be in or near the high surf and yet the very same people that shouldn’t be near the ocean were testing the eyes and manpower of OC Beach Parks Lifeguards. As a beach goer interested in staying safe, and especially so if you have brought young children, you should know what the waves will be like before you show up and keep your kids out of the water on days like yesterday. Although lifeguard and paramedic sirens raced south towards 10th street, I believe that no one was hurt at Aliso Beach on Sunday. This is a miracle that lifeguards at Aliso Beach should absolutely be commended for. These guys do a tremendous job and I know they will never get enough credit for it. What they did yesterday was nothing short of heroic!
Beyond the scene of lifeguards keeping people out of the water, there were takers at the south end of Aliso Beach. Skim boarders had to be a little more selective down there with the set waves breaking a little further out. There was one surfer and a pack of about 10 solid body boarders trying to tame the beasts down there. It was seriously bombs away Aliso Beach. Joe Grodzen, Henry Long and Casey Blair were killing it out there. With the long period nature of the swell, you could be lulled into the belief it wasn’t that big. It would seem flat for a spell and then a set of three would stack out the back in an exercise of dodging bombs. Many of the waves closed out but there were a few corners to be had. Winds remained light through the afternoon allowing the tide to drop in a way that made the detonating shore break fairly rideable. I spoke with Jared Sislin that afternoon who had ventured down to Lower Trestles earlier only to find out it was closed out. Trestles grooms most swells perfectly so when you hear that you kind of scratch your head. I wonder if forecasters really got how mean this swell would be. One thing for sure is that the remnants of Cyclone Pam got into our swell window after traveling thousands of miles and smacked the crap out of Aliso Beach, the Laguna Coastline all south facing beaches of Southern California. Families and visitors of Aliso Beach are encouraged to check marine reports before coming. I was a kid once too. I know how alluring the ocean is and I also know how dangerous the waves can be to little ones and people who are not experienced enough to handle this type of surf. You may check Solspot for free and know exactly what you are getting into. By using this free site, you can prepare your self and family for conditions that are predicted up to a week out. If you see waves in the 6-10 foot range predicted and your planning on taking your kids to the beach, my recommendation is to stay away completely. As much as I praise the effort of the lifeguards, I do believe that their ability to keep people safe should not be stretched as thin as beach visitors caused yesterday. You simply can’t be in all places at all times and yesterday OC Lifeguards did a stellar job of doing just that as it was bombs away Aliso Beach.