Surfers are odd creatures, relishing weather anomalies much, much more than the next man. Swell events, for example, pushing big ol’ barrels toward shore. The next man might be worried about his house, but surfers are there, boards waxed, ready to ride straight into infamy. Or wicked winds licking the sky, bending palms like toothpicks etc. The next man could be worried that his house will become crushed, but surfers are there, boards waxed, ready to stick an elusive double, even triple rotation.
But let us hurry quick to Ventura, California where a “State of Emergency” has been declared over barrels and airs.
Strong winds whipping across Southern California are bringing dangerously high surf to beach communities once again Thursday.
The conditions prompted the city of Ventura to declare a state of emergency due to severe high surf events. The order allows the city to receive emergency funding from the state and speed up any needed disaster response.
The National Weather Service said: “High surf and coastal flooding are possible through Friday at west and northwest facing beaches.”
This comes after recent damage to the Ventura Pier during high tide events.
I would very much like the think that one Albee Layer is, currently, on his way to Silver Strand. The Maui-San Diego surfer has been really cursing himself after almost, but not quite, landing a 2x spin. Taking to Instagram, he wrote, “After thinking about this section instead of sleeping for most of last night I decided I hit it a half a second early and didn’t stomp hard enough on the landing. Good news is I probably hate myself enough to land it today if I get another chance which the odds are pretty low on. Fuck.”
I think the odds will very much improve with Ventura’s predicted 80mph winds. I think, even, a 4x spin in the cards.