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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