Poo poo and mild wind in the forecast. Unknown to us on the beach yesterday Long Beach issued several beach closures due to a sewage spill with 15,000 gallons of raw sewage leaked into the LA river that dumps into Long Beach. The beaches that were affected run up to, but do not include, our kiting area. I've attached the list of closures and openings below. For future reference, you can check beach closures and recreational water samples at the following website http://www.longbeach.gov/health/inspections-and-reporting/inspections/recreational-water-samples/
For new kiters always proceed with this information at your own will to kite. I know some of our diehard locals and vets will tough out some of these conditions when the wind is calling, but I'm always on the side of extra cautious. I'd rather miss one day of kiting than a week of fighting off contamination related illness.
For our forecast today, and our die hard friends, wind is looking fairly decent for the foilers. Looks like a slow build to a moderate breeze in the mid to later afternoon. The forecast is similar to what we've been seeing most of the last week, and winds may slightly exceed the mid teens that are forecasted. I'm saying foilers on big kites by 2:30-3:00 and possibly stronger than forecasted wind around 4:00.
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Beach Update 12:30:
Sunny skies and decent breeze. Wind is currently slightly above this morning’s forecast with winds blowing out of the Southwest at 13 MPH. Seeing baby whitecaps here and there across the water. I feel we may see an earlier faster rise than predicted, and just a smidge higher wind speed throughout the day. Water quality seems to be alright with no signs of closures posted near our riding area. Looks to be the start of a fairly decent day!