Day of Destruction

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Day of Destruction
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By Tom Modugno of Goleta Surfing

January 2018. A series of mild swells had been rolling through to start the year off, but nothing too memorable. And just a trace of rain, until January 9th. A beast of a storm literally washed away the burned hills above Montecito. As we all know by now, the death and destruction were unbelievable. 

And while the news of the destruction spread through the community, the buoys quietly, and quickly crept up.

By late afternoon, it was pumping.

And on a dark, gloomy afternoon, a small handful of lucky individuals scored some solid Goleta surf. 

While Goleta didn't suffer the horrible mud slides our neighbors did, we got almost 2.5 inches of rain in a very short period. So the creeks were definitely flushing...


Which meant the water was filthy...


Which meant a lot of surfers opted out.

Which was fine and dandy with the foolhardy few that did venture out to put their immune systems to the test.

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GeneralTree Feb 06, 2018 02:38 PM
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If you want good surf, Goleta is the wrong place. Sorry.

richyrich Feb 06, 2018 12:02 PM
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Wow, what a bunch of paranoid people. Hundreds and hundreds of surfers have been going out in this crap for decades and only a tiny fraction ever come down with anything. But if people want to be paranoid, that's great with me, less people in the water. I'm far more worried about dying going home on the freeway.

a-1547849325 Feb 06, 2018 12:53 PM
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TAGDES - Oh maybe I misunderstood. I didn't realize this was only about the day it happened.

tagdes Feb 06, 2018 12:45 PM
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No he is just right.............this is Goleta and none of the contaminated mud had even been hauled there when this was like Flicka and Tomtech said, not the best idea, but not like they're surfing Hammond's after the dumping at Goleta had been going on.

a-1547849325 Feb 06, 2018 12:21 PM
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RICHYRICH - I'm not sure you are aware of the catastrophe that happened here recently (or else you're plain simple). You see, we had this massive, deadly mudslide recently, it was the worst we've ever had in our history. So no, you are just wrong. Surfers have NOT "been going out in this crap for decades." Hope this clears things up for you!

Flicka Feb 06, 2018 11:33 AM
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At the time Goleta didn't have all the sludge, sewer water included, that Montecito had. But all the pesticides and other chemicals farmers/ranchers use still contaminates the water. No sewer someone says, in Montecito the sewer pipes broke, guess where it all went? Some of it is in the mud being dumped in Goleta

Channelfog Feb 06, 2018 11:02 AM
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Thank you for this different perspective of that day. Awareness of life and of the positive is a huge help in the recovery process of dealing with death and of loss. Surfers tend to be resourceful, resilient and joyful.

a-1547849325 Feb 06, 2018 09:40 AM
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Paddling out in raw sewage, not appealing.

a-1547849325 Feb 06, 2018 10:43 AM
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I don't think "people equate mud with raw sewage," so much as they are concerned that the mud that came gushing through peoples' homes picked up tons of raw sewage and other toxins on the way to the ocean. Please don't try to cite "science," when you clearly can't even comprehend what happened in our community.

a-1547849325 Feb 06, 2018 10:29 AM
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Dang.... why do people equate mud with raw sewage. Talk about FAKE NEWS. Mud is water mixed with dirt and unless humans are going to the bathroom on every bare patch of dirt that gets flushed down a creek it ain't raw sewage. I know.... science hurts when you are too lazy to stay informed.

ladylagomorph Feb 06, 2018 09:14 AM
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I know what can happen to a surfer who takes those risks. It's not worth it. You may never surf again.

sacjon Feb 06, 2018 10:42 AM
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WILDTURKEYWAY - you could get crap in your mouth, that's what could happen.

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