October swells…

The first two weeks of October were mostly summer surf conditions. Waves two to three feet, except on October 10-13 when we got a taste of the larger swells from a western Pacific storm which brought seven to nine foot waves. With a high tide, the beach overnight went from smooth sloping to a sandy “grand canyon.”


Erosion was thirty inches to three feet at the mean high tide mark. The beach was inundated with water back two hundred yards from the shoreline leaving a hundred yards or less of dry sand in front of the dunes.

IMG_0453As the “large sets” crashed in, swirling foam and bubbling white water left the lifeguard towers in the middle of a large shallow lake. The larger sets on Saturday, October 10th, were under a heavy fog bank making photography impossible.

Todd Gailey on a set wave in the fog

Todd Gailey on a “set wave” in the fog

The following photos are surfers that enjoyed Estero Bay in the first two weeks of October.


IMG_1339IMG_1342IMG_1305IMG_1280IMG_1241IMG_1184IMG_1225IMG_1227IMG_1217Keep a leash on it, Bob

About Bob Isenberg

Photographer of surfers and owner of Pacific Coast Peregrine Watch, 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit in Morro Bay, CA
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4 Responses to October swells…

  1. Heather O'Connor says:

    Great fog photo!


  2. Dan Bernard says:

    Hey there,
    I talked to you by the rock on 10/20 or 10/21 and grabbed a card. Wondering if you had any pictures of the dudes from those days. It’d be great to get some documentation of a great surf vacation.
    Thanks, Dan


    • Bob Isenberg says:

      Most photos are women surfers and their children. If you ask for an exclusive, I will photograph you and your cronies for a fee. Come see me. Glad you enjoyed your vacation. Come back again. Bob


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