It has been a rainy winter so far in Nor Cal. I'm stoked because we need it! I'm bummed because the runoff and overflowing water treatment plants empty into the ocean making for dirty water with high bacteria levels. A good rule of tumb is to wait 72 hours after storms to surf again. I have gotten sick from dirty water in years past, but also have been fine after rainstorms. It is a tough call, but probably best not to risk getting sick. If in doubt, don't go out. You can "mind surf" and do some yoga instead!