My family gets all its Christmasing out of its system on the 24th so Christmas morning is all mine to do what I want with. Since it’s on a Sunday this year I went to the beach just in case someone from my open water group showed up for a swim. I figured the odds were slim, but worst case scenario I could play in the surf and learn to work with my new GoPro (yes!).

After sitting on the beach in the sun for a while I decided it was time to get in the water. It was totally gorgeous out and almost no one was around. I grabbed my fins and my GoPro and waded it out into some 52ish degree water. Although the air temp still wasn’t that high it helped the sun was shining. It took a little while to get out past the break, largely because I was avoiding putting my face underwater :) Once that was out of my system it was time to play! I bodysurfed a bit and tried to shoot shots of the tiny tubes the waves were producing. I’m pretty stoked with a lot of the shots I got today!

When I got out of the water 30 or 40 minutes later I found a swimmer on the beach goggles in hand. She was visiting from San Francisco and looking for a wetsuitless Xmas swim. Who am I to say no to that? :) I’m excited with how popular we’ve been with out of towners recently. Last week I had a swimmer from the Central Valley and one from Sacramento in the water. I went to grab my goggles and spread on a little body glide then returned to the water. She was just looking for a short swim since she was coming off of a cold so we did a loop around the pier. Nice and easy in some cold but beautiful water. It was a pretty perfect morning!

I spent the rest of my afternoon playing with pictures, it feels nice to have a waterproof camera again, ahhh… Here’s the choice cuts from this morning…

5 Responses to “Xmas Morning at the Beach”

  1. Chicken O'Sea says:

    Those pictures are fantastic!!!!!!

  2. Rob D says:

    thanks! I’m pretty stoked with how it all came out!

  3. I love these photographs. The first and the last are probably my favorites. I’d love to include one in my collection of favorite water images if you’re cool with that: http://throwmeintheocean.com/images/
    Happy new year!
    Caitlin

  4. Rob D says:

    yeah dude go for it!