Easter Sunday, 31 March 2013

It was a minus 0.5 tide Sunday morning around 8:30 at Montara. We got down to the beach about 9:30, but it was still quite low, with the sandbars exposed at least 200 feet off the beach (with the typical narrow but waist-deep trenches between most of the bar and the beach).

The first movie and first few pictures were taken out our living room window.

It was one of the low tides with smaller than normal waves, so the sandbars were actually exposed to air much of the time. We saw a seal on the bar, and guessed it was hunting clams or other shell fish (movie of that at end of the page).

Lots of short movies and pictures of surfers, and of the wave patterns. I really like the way you get reflected and refracted waves, when the beach is like this, and you sometimes get waves coming from three or even four directions, converging on the same spot. I took quite a few pictures and movies standing out near the outer edge of the middle sandbar.

Turns out one of the surfers at the south end of the beach was our neighbor Ryan; we saw him at his truck leaving the beach.

All images Copyright © 2013 by Dave Olson unless otherwise noted.

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MontaraLowTide_2013-03-31-092721.mp4 Movie (16MB)
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MontaraLowTide_2013-03-31-092911.mp4 Movie (8.4MB)
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MontaraLowTide_2013-03-31-093253 thumbnail If you look carefully, a surfer is walking (not stand up paddling) at the far left of the picture. Not completely obvious in the picture, but he's not even up to his knees, and you can see how far out he is from the beach.
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MontaraLowTide_2013-03-31-093748.mp4 Movie (46MB)
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MontaraLowTide_2013-03-31-094118.mp4 Movie (18MB)
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MontaraLowTide_2013-03-31-094328.mp4 Movie (13MB)
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MontaraLowTide_2013-03-31-094637.mp4 Movie (25MB)
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MontaraLowTide_2013-03-31-094931.mp4 Movie (21MB)
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MontaraLowTide_Seal_2013-03-31-095605.mp4 Movie (22MB) Breaking waves, and a seal on the sandbar (hunting?). The camera saw it better than we could, as you can tell by our comments.
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