I hit the south side of the Pier today for a swim. Today is a great day in Oceanside. 78 air temp at the beach. The lifeguard's tower board said the water temp was 66, but I'd put it at 68. Below 4 feet it was colder-maybe 64 degrees.
The swim area was very crowded. I don't like that. And for some reasons the Lifeguards are staking out large sections of sand with orange cones for vehicles--really ridiculous large areas. I don't know what's up with that, maybe a new boss.
There was one surfer in water with 2 to 4 foot waves and lousy shape. I swam out past the breakers but it took me a heck of a while to cover 150 yards. The water is very choppy today. I wanted to do a swim but I couldn't make much progress. I went south for a hundred yards or so and headed in. Chop, chop, chop.
Nevertheless, the water was clean, 5 foot visibility, warm, and enjoyable.
"The first time you quit is the last time you try."