I am renaming San Francisco Tube City after seeing so many epic barrels this beautiful warm winter day. Twice in the past three years I have wished I brought a prone shortboard with me, a shallow fast reef break in Maui and this day at Ocean Beach.
Driving to the beach I had no idea it would be hollow and barreling. The last time I saw this many barrels it was huge and serious. I was even more surprised to see that a third of the beach was working but the other two thirds were closing out. So most surfers were concentrated on a handful of peaks without a SUP surfer in sight.
While filming I was scratching my head wondering where I could SUP surf safely. It seemed quite a challenge to pull in and make it out on a SUP, especially without colliding with another surfer. I was called away before I could get wet and find out. I had a SUP discrimination run in last week, so maybe I was a bit reluctant to put myself in a situation that might encourage that kind of drama.
What do you think? Are these SUP friendly barrels? Is it reckless or dangerous to put a big SUP in a crowded lineup on a hollow day like this?