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Ventura surfers enjoy light rain, big waves

March 3, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Ventura residents didn't mind the light rain that fell Wednesday, as long as the trickle stays light and doesn't increase to heavy downpours.At midday in Ventura, it was cold and rainy. It wasn't heavy, but it was enough for most people who ventured out to be prepared with umbrellas and warm outerwear.

In downtown Santa Paula, the rain was light to and residents walking around didn't seem to mind.

"I like it. You know, I think we need rain. It's going to be getting hot really soon and I have a feeling that it's going to be a really hot summer, so just enjoy the rain as much as you can," said Santa Paula resident Kristen Cook.

Some residents said that if rain was falling heavier, they would have concern for the burn areas.

"This is fine. We don't need all that right now because of all those landslides that happened. No, we don't need that heavy stuff," said another Santa Paula resident Diane Ojeda.

Surfers said that Wednesday's big waves were a big surprise. Wednesday morning, the waves were at least 10 feet high, and it didn't taper off later in the afternoon.

"It's been a great winter and to see the dolphins coming out like that is just icing on the cake," said surfer Clint Malone.

Surfers said that the Wednesday conditions were great, and it was an added bonus that the rain kept the crowds at bay.

"Sometimes, the rain keeps the crowds down. You got to do what you can. I got off work early," Malone said.

"When it rains, it's not like you're going to get wet, so it just makes the waves glassier unless it's super stormy, but the wind is blowing the right way so it's on our side," said another surfer Chris Fox.

Even if the rain in Ventura was still lingering at a light mist Wednesday evening, CHP warns drivers to lower their speed due to slick driving conditions.