This Sunday mornings (MLK) Martin Luther King holiday ride (2010) out to the island (Avalon, Catalina Island) and back really kicked my arse (a!s). If I had to pick something to blame the sore condition that I now feel then it would most certainly be the sea state that was encountered from the coast out to about the 10 mile mark. Then just like a magic carpet descending itself from the heavens - it all just leveled out with some amazing sea and sea life scenery thrown in for good measure – sort of like the calm before the storm. If you haven’t yet heard, here is your impending forecast.

A VERY POWERFUL WEST TO EAST JET STREAM SAGGING SOUTHWARD THROUGH
THE PACIFIC WILL ALLOW A SERIES OF STRONG STORM SYSTEMS TO TRACK
INTO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA.

Glad I got my ride in and so are the four others showing up today all riding in excess of 250 ponies a piece. What a formidable looking crew we made as we rode side by side across the ocean – three Kawasaki Ultra 250’s + one 260 + one Seadoo RXP 255. Yes, we did have to pay the piper some to get through – and also waiting for others to catch up.

Getting out just beyond the breakwater proved to be possibly the worse kind of swell chop that a boater could encounter. I’ll gladly trade Alaska Bering type seas (minus the wind) for these little choppy short wave crests that just topple, rumble and roll all over. Wind was not a factor so minimal ocean spray was in effect. Throw in what a Catalina Express or similar boat could do to the water and you had your hands full.

SIGNIFICANT AND POSSIBLY EXCESSIVE RAINFALL WILL OCCUR OVER
SOUTHWESTERN CALIFORNIA DURING THE UPCOMING WEEK. LIGHT RAIN
WILL LIKELY DEVELOP NORTH OF POINT CONCEPTION TODAY...
DAMAGING WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH ARE POSSIBLE IN THE
MOUNTAINS. WIDESPREAD WIND ADVISORIES WILL LIKELY BE NEEDED IN
MANY LOWER ELEVATION LOCATIONS OF VENTURA AND LOS ANGELES COUNTIES AS WINDS COULD GUSTS BETWEEN 30 AND 45 MPH.

Once we reached the island and hovered just outside the casino adjacent to the underwater dive park we saw two PWC’s coming towards us from the east end of Catalina. It turns out these two brand new RXP 255’s driven by (Newby’s 1 and 2) with a total of twelve riding hours amongst the two of them decided that today was a great day to ride out to the island. No GPS, tow rope or anything other than what came with the new ski. I was however impressed that they were wearing wet suits and helmets plus they had a great attitude and were impressed by our stickered up rides.

But wait – they got to Avalon via Dana Point. Better yet – one of them resembles One Leg Warren minus the So African accent. Check out One Leg Warren’s profile at http://www.pwcoffshoreforums.com/member.php?u=46 Paul and I believe that we answered all of their questions and fueled their hunger even more for that offshore hardcore feeling. Hopefully, if they make it back home then we just may be seeing them again. Both received the volunteered quick list of “must haves” of ocean riding and where one could obtain additional info such as on web sites such a pwcoffshore.com and k38. Plus we threw out that the Mark Hahn 300 is just a mere month away and the stock Seadoo RXP 255 would make a great boat to race.

No – they are not racers yet but, hey anybody that can tackle these seas albeit via a Seadoo RXP255 is almost there. On a way serious note – before heading out to sea you should really put some thought into what “tools” you’ll need to get you back home. Your aim is to either disassemble, repair, replace and/or reassemble (hopefully, something as simple as a spark plug for the plug hungry Ultra 250X). Or if worse comes to worse (i.e. taking on water) and you can’t get her running then at the very least be able to tow one another via a tow rope. Better yet invest in SeaTow plus carry a cell phone or VHF radio so you can reach them.
One last plug for the PLB (Personal Locator Beacon). The one I carry is the SPOT.

It is called Spot and can send a quick one way message to your friends and family to let them know you are OK or if not OK then you can send a 911 message. The unit has to be out in the open and it can take up to 20 minutes to get connected and send a message. Its bright safety orange and uses two AA batteries. A cheap investment in your safety.

THERE IS THE POTENTIAL FOR RAINFALL TOTALS OF 4 TO 8 INCHES IN COASTAL AND VALLEY AREAS...AND 8 TO 16 INCHES IN THE FOOTHILLS AND MOUNTAINS. LOCAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OVER 20 INCHES ARE QUITE POSSIBLE ACROSS FAVORED SOUTH FACING COASTAL
SLOPES.

THIS WILL LIKELY BE THE WETTEST WEEK SINCE EARLY 2005. GLAD I GOT MY RIDE IN TODAY!!!!!

DANGEROUS WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED ACROSS OUR COASTAL WATERS THIS WEEK. PERIODS OF GALE FORCE WINDS...HIGH SURF CONDITIONS...DANGEROUS RIP CURRENTS...COASTAL FLOODING...AND EVEN
WATERSPOUTS WILL ALL BE POSSIBLE.

SEE YOU ON THE WATER!

TRAWLERCAT