Summer at the Beach: Chilly Waters, the Inland Empire and the (Insert Sponsor) U.S. Open of Surfing
We SoCal folk have a knack for knowing things: When to take surface streets, where to find parking, how to get a bro-deal on just about anything. And right now, we know summer is just days away. It doesn't even take a calender. Cue the gloom and the little brown bugs with the ten-ton grip, and the stand-still march of cars down the 55 freeway (which seems to include the entire population of the Inland Empire).
Remember last summer when summer water temperatures never arrived, leaving the waters somewhat empty and surfers in full wetsuits from June through August? In his North Pacific Summer Outlook
, Collins says we should expect much of the same, until about mid-August. While you may think you can rid yourself of any unflattering wetsuit tanlines by spending time on the sand, Collins countered the bad bit about water temps with the welcome news that there should be a fair bit of southern hemisphere swell activity in June and August, while July is expected to be slow. So keep the surfboard wax fresh and the wetsuits from getting grimy.
Don't forget where you parked your towel.
Chasen Marshall/OC Weekly
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