Good waves for spring days
AS all the groms out there would know, the school holidays start in a week and it's time to take a closer look at what's going on with the waves in our region.
Traditionally spring is a bit "how ya going" as far as the waves are concerned. That's due to lots of north easterlies and sand that's in the process of building summer banks.
But this year we might just get lucky.
Several things are going on in the long-range forecast which are worth keeping an eye on these holidays.
A couple of deep, south coast cold fronts and a semi-tropical low are within the realm of possibility but keep in mind long-range forecasting is not an exact science, it's more like an educated guess. But there is hope.
The good news for those getting time off is the northerlies arrived very early this year.
This means the sand banks have been building for more than a month but we haven't got anything like classic banks yet.
We have some reasonable sand formations in place at many North Coast spots so the chance for the groms and their families to score some waves is looking good.
The downfall is if these swell-producing systems do make it into our neighbourhood they could bring rain with them but that's a small price to pay for holiday waves.
We'll take a closer look to see whether any of these systems will amount to any swell over the next few weeks.
This weekend could see a 1-2m south-east swell swing south on Saturday morning then easterly later in the day. Technically the swell is forecast to drop as it swings east yet the swell period will increase with the easterly direction.
It may feel more like an increased pulse in size rather than a drop.
Sunday could see a further increase in wave period from the east, producing thicker swell with a little more punch and the winds will be predominantly south-east all weekend.
We may see some early morning offshore blows and late afternoon onshore breezes in the mix as well. If all goes right we're shaping up for a reasonable weekend of waves.
So get your local knowledge on and go get a few with your crew.
Remember have fun, wait your turn and surf today like you want to surf again tomorrow.
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.