High surf to hit North Coast today

From the T-S:

A massive ocean swell with waves up to 20 feet is expected to crash into the North Coast today and grow in intensity until early Sunday, just as crab fishermen leave harbor for the first day of the Dungeness crab season.

As large storms build in the Gulf of Alaska, a large northwest swell — with waves between 18 and 20 feet — will make its way to the shores of Humboldt County by Saturday afternoon, said National Weather Service meteorologist Mark Burger.

Those waves are expected to build to their maximum height Sunday morning, before tapering off through the early part of the week, he said.

From NOAA:

TODAY...N WIND 10 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 2 TO 3 FT. W SWELL 10 TO
 12 FT AT 14 SECONDS...BUILDING TO 12 TO 14 FT AT 20 SECONDS.

TONIGHT...N WIND 10 KT...BECOMING NE AFTER MIDNIGHT. WIND
 WAVES 2 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 12 TO 14 FT AT 18 SECONDS. 

SUN...E WIND 5 TO 10 KT...BECOMING SE IN THE AFTERNOON. WIND
 WAVES 2 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 11 TO 13 FT AT 16 SECONDS. 

SUN NIGHT...S WIND 5 TO 10 KT. WIND WAVES 2 FT OR LESS. W
 SWELL 11 FT. PATCHY FOG.

Randy Foster

From the Times-Standard:

An experienced surfer died at Shelter Cove on Tuesday after suffering a “cardiac event,” the coroner’s office said.

Coroner Frank Jager said Randy Foster, 57, a Redway resident, was able to make it back to the shore, where he collapsed. Several people at the beach tried to help and administered CPR, Jager said.

Jager said Foster was an experienced surfer who knew the area.

Much sympathy to his family.

Life lost in Shelter Cove today

Kurt Wygant, owner of Shelter Cove Home and Land Real Estate, witnessed failed efforts to revive a local surfer at 1:46 p.m. in Shelter Cove today. He was found face down floating in the water by his companions who tried to revive him and called for help. Further details are unknown at this time.

Dec. 1 meeting and more

The Humboldt Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation meets Monday, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. in Plaza Grill’s View Room – we’d love to see you there!

Based on feedback from the very successful Shindig in October, we’ve taken steps on some issues and prioritized others. Here’s some of what we’ve been doing so far:

1. Jetty shower. We’re working with Miller Farms and BLM to find the source of the problem – and then fix it. Progress has been somewhat slow, but steady.

2. Concrete/styrofoam/fiberglass blocks. As many have noticed, numerous former dock floats have washed up on shore from the North Jetty to Stone Lagoon. We’ve talked with Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District CEO Dave Hull, plus Bay Commissioner Mike Wilson, about the problem and are currently attempting to both track down the responsible party and ascertain how Surfrider Humboldt can best help make sure the blocks are removed. They pose a serious environmental threat, so the sooner, the better. Also, if you see any of these blocks, let us know – we’re collecting data on locations to help inventory how many are out there.

3. A wave energy forum is being planned for February and a water quality one (co-sponsored with Humboldt Baykeeper) for April.

4. Moonstone shower. This is a large-scale project, but we have had some good feedback from people interested in helping make a Glenn Stockwell Memorial shower/surf rack at Moonstone a reality.

We’ll talk more about all this and other issues at hand Monday night. You can also tune into KHUM 104.3 FM‘s Coastal Currents on Wednesday, Nov. 26 at noon. Vice Chair Jennifer Savage will join Mike Dronkers to talk about what’s happening with Surfrider in Humboldt County.

If you missed the Shindig or missed getting a T-shirt with the new Matt O’Brien-designed logo, Monty’s stocking them at Greenhouse now. (Sweet new store location is on Eighth Street in Arcata, next to Rita’s by the Post Office.) If your size isn’t available, let us know at humboldt@surfrider.org. We’re making a list for our next order!

Finally, SoHum band The NPK has offered to donate proceeds from one of their upcoming Arcata shows to us! We’ll send a separate missive out when we have all the details.

Looking forward to seeing you Monday, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. at the Plaza Grill View Room. If you have any questions, concerns or issues you would like added to our agenda in advance, please email humboldt@surfrider.org.

Inventory: Report your sightings here

dock block

dock block

Surfrider Humboldt Chapter speaks out

Several cautioned the commissioners about the potential for environmental damage – including a Surfrider Foundation representative who noted that ships would likely dump unknown and undesirable materials into the bay and nearby ocean.”

From the Times-Standard‘s recent story about the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District‘s approval of the Redwood Marine Terminal Business Plan.

(That Surfrider rep would be our own Volunteer Coordinator Kalei Coleridge.)

Chris Rall of Green Wheels has a report on the meeting here.

You can also pick up a copy of today’s Arcata Eye.

Dock debris

As many have noticed, those cement-and-styrofoam blocks continue to wash up on the beach. Recently, Bill L. spotted a chunk of them floating out to sea through the Harbor Entrance. Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District Chief Executive Officer Dave Hull says the Coast Guard is aware of this “navigational hazard” and should be plucking it out of the water as soon as they contact the responsible party. 

Will keep all posted. While the immediate threat to surfers is apparently minimal, it’s likely an environmental impact exists (due to the deteriorating styrofoam). Hull recommended calling the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office (445-7251) to report the blocks.

Not bad

Our new president-elect, as Kalei pointed out, is a water guy.

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