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Surprising low tide epicness at the old Surfing Park

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V.V.V. Session started by V.V.V., on Tuesday, 07 March 2017 15:27

I got to tourmo at about 9:30am on a receding tide that was already pretty low and destined to go even lower. The skies were blue and there was just a tad of onshore wind. Big rocks on the inside are a major factor of any low tide tourmo sesh these days, and today offered an extra bonus amongst the rocks: leopard sharks everywhere!

At first I thought I would hit the pumphouse after how good it's been lately, but when I saw how many waves were breaking in the cove, I decided to go play there for a while. Bingo!

Checking the surf at low tide always gives you an unrealistic idea of what's really going on out there, and today was a perfect example. By the time I had made it out through the rocks and sharks I could already tell that this was going to be a really fun session with lots of waves to choose from. @TSK999 and Johnny Law were out on short boards getting their share, and I quickly found myself in the inside rotation of wave after wave - some rights, some lefts, and all of them plenty punchy for long, fun rides.

But the best entertainment didn't come from riding a wave... As I was paddling back out just north of the culvert after taking a right pretty far inside, I heard a big SPLASH! to my right, and I looked over toward the cove just in time to spot a massive harbor seal flying through the air with about a 4' leopard shark in his jaws, and he was shaking his head side to side trying to kill off his meal, only the shark wanted nothing to do with this (obviously!), and was writhing violently trying to dislodge him or herself from the jaws of death.

This continued on for several minutes, and as far as I know only one other person saw it - an older guy with white hair on a red board with white stripes went paddling by to my left, and I looked over at him (probably with my jaw hanging down to my chin) and shouted "Did you see that?!?", and looks back with a similar expression and says something like "Yeah, crazy!"

Eventually the commotion subsided, and I can only surmise that the seal won the battle. Then again, sharks are pretty tough...
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