North side of the Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach early morning on Sunday October 20, 2019.
Going the other way
Heading south on the south side of the Crystal Pier. Dawn patrol shot on Sunday October 20, 2019.
Not ideal entry (II)
Seconds after a related picture of the same crew.
Not ideal entry (I)
The race included three laps, with one member of each boat exiting and running to shore at the end of each lap. Returning to the boat on the fly was the challenge, and occasional hazard.
Rowing and waves
Pushing through the surf.
Tough to row when the boats are this close. The race was (arguably) decided on a collision out near the buoys.
Moving the boat
Getting the boat in position.
Most of the boats had sponsors of some sort. The announcers just kept referring to this one as the 'white boat.'
Before you paddle...
Gotta get the boat lined up.
Working on the balance for dory boat race entrance.
Competitors competing their event in the 2-man Rescue Relay.
Competitor getting warmed up at the Ocean Festival lifeguard competition.
Not avoiding the obvious
So wanting to make burger jokes. So many tasty options. Must... resist.
Getting ready for that first cold dip.
Long Beach Lifeguard at the 2019 lifeguard competition at the San Clemente Ocean Festival.
Getting the boat from land to sea.
Early morning prep work for the dory boat races at the Greatest Show on Surf.
This gentleman with a foiled SUP had the water off Oceano Dunes all to himself.
There's always that one couple fighting tooth and nail while everyone around pretends not to notice. This time it's elephant seals causing drama at San Simeon.
Point Buchon erosion
Another shot of the unique erosion of the rocks at Point Buchon at the Montana de Oro State Park.
Actually I have no idea how long lived the phenomenom will be, or how much weight it could support. Just an interesting pattern of erosion at Point Bichon at the southern edge of the Montana de Oro State Park.
Surveying the options
Surfer checking conditions before heading out off Hazard Canyon at the Montana de Oro State Park.