Oh my goodness-what a day at the beach! I have not been in the water for six days because my back has been hurting. This afternoon I went in at low tide for a swim around the pier and the water temperature was a comfy 68 degrees, the waves were 2-3 feet, long intervals, and past the breakers the sea was flat. Visibility was about 8 feet and there was a minimal current north to south. I stopped half-way at the pier and checked for the current by watching the water carry me southward very slowly.
There was a surf contest going on at the south side of the pier-it was a longboard day. Perfect for the longboarders. The atmosphere was mellow and there was a Guy Takayama sale at the amphitheater - surf gear, boards, etc.
I wore the fins so that the back wouldn't be stressed. I took a slow, relaxing swim and relished in the comfort of it. The lovely, light-blue water out deep was gorgeous. The sky was overcast-mostly clouded over. I watched the sun breaking through the clouds after my swim as I waded and looked for shells. Just a really neat swim day. And the ocean past the breakers was mine alone!