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Old 12-01-2018, 10:42 AM
 
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For this season, we started rafting and swimming in Sacramento's American River, Nimbus Lake and Folsom Lake in early May and ended in late October. Water skied Sacramento's Folsom Lake and Sacramento River beginning in mid May and ended the season late October.

I'll be taking the canoe out on the American River this winter in Sacramento depending on how high and fast the water is running.
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Old 12-01-2018, 11:42 AM
 
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I think also if you grown-up on the California coast and actually surf or swim the ocean from when you are little I find the SoCal coast water temp near perfect. Like you said it is very invigorating. The gulf water is too hot like bath water I hate that. My favorite ocean temp is Hawaii and SoCal for surfing.
No, the Gulf is not hot like bathwater. I went to Biloxi when the water was 85 degrees, and it still felt cool and refreshing.

Just not chilly like SoCal when the water temperature is only 72 degrees, even in August.

And yes, I grew up in coastal SoCal.
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Old 12-01-2018, 11:57 AM
 
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jester, I grew up in San Diego and have been surfing my whole life....lately not so much too old. The water is just fine in SoCal, just because you can't handle it doesn't mean others don't love it.

When I was growing up in San Diego there was always that one kid out of the bunch who said the water was too cold, the waves were too big, so sad.

The Gulf is one Giant Humid Toxic Dirty Bath waiting for the next Hurricane.
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Old 12-01-2018, 12:42 PM
 
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I went swimming in Lake Michigan north of Milwaukee on 10/27. It was rainy and 49 degrees. Water temp was a little bit warmer. It would probably be hazardous to attempt swimming now.
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Old 12-01-2018, 02:57 PM
 
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jester, I grew up in San Diego and have been surfing my whole life....lately not so much too old. The water is just fine in SoCal, just because you can't handle it doesn't mean others don't love it.

When I was growing up in San Diego there was always that one kid out of the bunch who said the water was too cold, the waves were too big, so sad.
Oh, well...I grew up and still live in Orange County and except for hot summer afternoons I've always worn a wetsuit when out surfing or bodyboarding. Even on summer mornings, it gets cold out there waiting for a set. And by looking around I can see I'm not the only one who feels that way.

Just google images of "surfing at Huntington Beach."
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Old 12-01-2018, 03:33 PM
 
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Oh, well...I grew up and still live in Orange County and except for hot summer afternoons I've always worn a wetsuit when out surfing or bodyboarding. Even on summer mornings, it gets cold out there waiting for a set. And by looking around I can see I'm not the only one who feels that way.

Just google images of "surfing at Huntington Beach."
I hear ya, I wear/wore a (4/3 wetsuit) in late spring, early summer and late fall. You don't really need a wet suit in San Diego in Aug/Sept.

I like Cali Coast water because it is invigorating with healthy big surf way, much better than the Gulf.

These days, I much prefer Sacramento's American River and Folsom Lake water more than Calif Coast water.

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Old 12-02-2018, 08:33 AM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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Northeast Ohio is too cold for outdoor swimming. There used to be some private outdoor swimming pools, but most or all of them have closed. The public outdoor swimming pools exist only because they are subsidized.
Cleveland has a very nice beach. People have even been known to surf there.

https://www.clevelandmetroparks.com/...dgewater-beach
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Old 12-02-2018, 09:02 AM
 
Location: Jersey City
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I curious about the Jersey Shore as I'll be visiting next year for an extended stay. A good friend of mine moved there from the Baaaah Areaaah.
The ocean water at the Jersey Shore usually reaches peak warmth in late August (upper 70s, near 80 degrees). By mid September it starts cooling pretty quickly, but I’ve gone swimming in 68 degree water in early October.
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Old 12-02-2018, 11:50 AM
 
Location: Wooster, Ohio
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Cleveland has a very nice beach. People have even been known to surf there.

https://www.clevelandmetroparks.com/...dgewater-beach
There's No Surf in Cleveland (Euclid Beach Band):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2eqZ3TTGuA
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Old 12-02-2018, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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I curious about the Jersey Shore as I'll be visiting next year for an extended stay. A good friend of mine moved there from the Baaaah Areaaah.
Where exactly are you going? I live about five miles inland from the ocean. There is a range of different types of areas along the shore. Some more natural, some with extensive year-round populations while others are sparsely populated in winter, some family-oriented, others wealthy and exclusive, and so forth.
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