Water water at every break, but not a drop to drink
OK folks, let's take a look at the blindingly obvious for a moment.
It's been pretty hot and it's going to be hot again this weekend. This means we need to cover up and drink more water. Obvious yes, yet you'd be surprised how many people forget this.
The only saving grace for Sunday could be a southerly change forecast to arrive Monday morning ... if it arrives early we could get some good waves Sunday evening.
I'm almost stunned at how many people this last week I've seen stumbling around dehydrated and in reasonably serious condition from just being out in the sun too long.
Don't think that being in the water makes any differ- ence either. In fact it can be worse.
Because we're wet and a bit cooler in the water, we tend not to notice the sun beating down on the back of our necks.
Or that we've been out in the surf for a few hours, without a drink of water.
So here's the tip - extra sunscreen on the back of your neck, because that is the spot where sunstroke takes hold.
Plus, take a bottle of water with your gear down to the beach. Get out after every 40 minutes or so and have a good swig. You'll be glad you did.
NOW, this weekend is not looking too exciting for waves.
A long period but short- lived two-metre southerly ground swell that began to arrive yesterday will quickly move past our region and drop back to a metre or less tomorrow morning.
Sadly the outlook for the remains of this swell on Sunday is 0-0.5m; not exactly stunning.
The hot northerlies that will blow the remains of this swell flat could be the very ally that might make tomorrow morning worth a look, but be early.
The southern corners of our region's back beaches should catch the vast majority of this leftover swell.
They will also provide some cover from the wind.
Unfortunately, Sunday is looking to be a bit of a non-event.
We can expect the south swell to be all over by then as a 1-1.5m north-east wind swell pushes over the top.
This swell will hit our north-facing beaches, but to get out of the wind means out of the swell as well.
So it's a choice of bumpy with possible bluebottles on the north-facing beaches, or clean and very small on those that face south.
To sum up, tomorrow, the residual south swell should drop well below a metre as the N/NW wind reaches 15-25kts. Sunday could have north-east swell 1-1.5 metres, the N/NW wind should remain and increase to 20-30kts.
The only saving grace for Sunday could be a southerly change forecast to arrive Monday morning.
If it arrives early we could get some good waves Sunday evening.
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.