My name is Rob and I am a trunksaholic. It has been 6 months since I have worn a wet suit, and as long as the water is above 65 degrees, I have no intention of wearing one. We have had the better part of 2 years worth of the warmest water I can remember in Southern California. It has been wonderful. Last year I got to the end of November wearing trunks. Although I did not make it into December because of the quality of waves for body boarding, my friend Ron Pringle, an exceptional body surfer, was able to trunk it into December. My goal is to trunk it for as long as I can. Not a huge fan of wearing a wet suit, I will eventually be forced to do so with the changing seasons. Adding a couple pounds of neoprene is overrated. It sucks…it really does.
The weather was incredible today. The sky was clear and the winds were light with a smooth ocean surface. It had to be 75 degrees on the beach today. In need of a new wet suit, I haven’t given much thought of buying a new one, so in essence, a big drop in water temperature is the only chance of curing my trunksaholism. Seeing all the surfers and body boarders leave their cars in the parking lot in their full wet suits, you would think that the water was 50 degrees. Wave riders in general are hyper sensitive to the smallest fluctuation in water temperature. It is comical! After looking at the water from the bridge over by Ritz Carlton, and asking a few surfers returning from the water about the water temperature, I was convinced that trunks and a rash guard would work just fine. I watch the local ocean temperatures on the Aliso Beach Cam so I knew I would be good without wearing a monkey suit.
So I changed into my trunks, threw on my rash guard, tucked my Cartel Body Board under my left arm and balanced my Ally swim fins from 662 body board shop, keys and a towel with my right hand and headed for the beach. When I got down there, friends verified that it was warm enough to trunk but that water may have dropped a little. I waded into the water after putting my fins on to about waste deep when I said screw it and just dove in. Truth be told there was a little chill to the water, and I am sure the guys and gals who got up at first light had a tougher decision to make than I who leisurely showed up at 10:00 am on a Saturday after waiting for a big tide to drop a little. Either way, that water was warm enough to trunk it, or at least that is what this trunksaholic thinks! The water was warm and visibility was exceptional. The sun was reflecting the ripples on the sand beneath the surface like a swimming pool does. It was entrancing and awesome to be a part of.
Who knows how long the warm water dream lasts. Being able to avoid a wet suit is like my own version of the endless summer. I was talking to a surfer in the water who had friends in the San Francisco area. With the first big northwest swell the water went from 68 to somewhere in the 50’s. Ouch! There is no part of me that wants anything to do with water that frigid! With San Francisco water temperatures dropping, Southern California is due for the same. It may take a big swell to bring the cooler water but there is always the possibility that a couple of days of steady rain would do the trick. That will be a sad day for me!
I have not looked for a new wet suit because I don’t like wearing them. I do it begrudgingly because I feel like I am wrapped up like a mummy in those things. The extra weight and restricted movement really are a pain in the ass. Winter does not care what this old trunksaholic wants so cooler water will return to South Orange County whether I like it or not. I hope that I can delay purchasing a wet suit for 3 weeks but we will see what Mother Nature thinks. Until then I am just a happy camper wearing trunks in warm water hoping it will stick around a while.