Cyclonic winds form new breaks
I SURE hope you got some waves last weekend. Because I know I did, and so did nearly everyone else I know.
We were served up a southerly change half a day earlier than expected and a fading but still potent easterly swell. Add to that a building south-east wind swell that peaked on Sunday and some half-decent weather.
Hey Presto, we finally got the goods on a weekend, not a moment too soon either.
If you did miss out, well don't sweat it because this weekend is shaping up to be reasonably okay as well. Probably not as good as what we just had, but it will still be worth getting out for a look none the less.
Of course the real trick is going to be finding the best spots as ex-TC Oswald did some weird and wonderful re-sculpting of our coastline.
Normally in a storm like that we'd lose a whole lot of sand, which is exactly what happened at several spots. Most obvious of these is once again the long-suffering Belongil.
It's back to the rock wall and sandbags yet again, pretty dangerous really and best avoided.
The Pass and Wategos beach copped a flogging too. There is still some sand but it's not as good as we'd hoped and is concentrating the crowds more than usual.
Main Beach Yamba is covered in debris and trees thanks to the swollen Clarence, but it's not all bad news.
The storm hovered over us for longer than expected. The howling north easterlies that hung around ripped the sand from some places only to pack it back in at others.
I personally have found a few really tasty beach breaks over the past few days and I hear there are many more to be found. So use your local knowledge and get on the hunt while the new banks are relatively unknown.
The difficult part this weekend could be the wind. East to east-north-east is the prevailing call, and we all know what that means, bumpy every- where with possible bluebottles.
But it's predicted to be fairly light most of the weekend, hovering around 5-10kts. Plus although the bureau says otherwise, we have been experiencing early morning localised offshore breezes. So there is hope yet.
The good news is another dose of easterly swell. Not as big, but still a decent 1-2m with a period of 10-15 seconds.
Ben "Bear'' Bennink is a former professional longboarder and retired NSSIA master coach. He writes for Pacific Longboarder Magazine and is semi-retired in Byron Bay where he is editor of inbyronbaytoday.com.