Name: Pete Lewis
Home: Pacific Beach
At 10:20 a.m., the high tide began backing off at Windansea. http://www.surfline.com reported the water temperature at 54 degrees and warned of poor water quality. Waves were not reaching ankle level. It was cold and windy, but seven surfers bobbed on their boards and waited for that rare good wave. As the tide rolled further out, the waves picked up and started pitching perfect tubes. The surfers were rewarded for their patience. "Yesterday it was so bad," said Pete Lewis. "It was so choppy, I don't think anyone expected it to be any good today. I guess everyone thought it would be just as bad as yesterday, so hardly anybody came out. Only these guys who came down to actually look at the water get to ride these fun waves."
Pete rides a longboard and says he feels more at home at La Jolla Shores, but he surfs everywhere in San Diego. He's been up and down the coast from Central California to Southern Baja, and he's taken a surf vacation in Hawaii.
On this day, he was glad the conditions cleaned up so he could ride with his nephew for a couple hours.
"My nephew's a senior in high school. He's from Salt Lake City, and he's out here looking at colleges."
When asked about his favorite times during his 40 years of surfing, Pete says, "I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop. It can't get any better than right now."