For me, surfing reaches a low point during winter. Yes, winter delivers the best swells, empty lineups, and I can even get over the cold water, but its really all the external forces that conspire to kill my enthusiasm. The rain mostly with its threat of all the scary pathogens and bacteria swimming into the ocean can cause gastroenteritis. The name alone sounds scary enough, and it is, causing nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and other sorts of scary symptoms. But is the risk worth the reward? It depends. Like eating a street-side bacon-wrapped hot dog cooked in a rusty shopping cart by a political refugee, you might be fine, but then again, you might not be.
But there’s a handwritten Los Angeles restaurant grade sign indicating an “A” rating duck-taped to the front, so you should be find.
Just to be on the safe side, though, I’m staying out of the water this weekend.