Expect a weekend of small waves - it's better than nothing
THAT'S two weekends in a row fed by distant east coast lows. Not the best conditions we could ask for, as the wind kept the crowds concentrated to a few key spots. At times, things got a little heated around the traps.
However, for those surfers willing to have a little less quality, and looked a little harder, there were a few quieter lines to be found.
The coming weekend is looking very different indeed.
It's all shaping up to be rather small, but there could be a little bit of south-east to east swell on the open beaches which is better than nothing at all.
There is actually another group of low pressure troughs crossing the coast further south today but there is very little in the way to slow down their passage across the Tasman.
In other words, it's extremely unlikely they will intensify. This will leave us with a small, short period south-east swell. We'll be lucky if it gets over 1-1.5m.
Oddly, there will be a small but very long period pulse sweeping past us on Sunday, but it's in deep water and is unlikely to have much impact on our coast.
If there is any indication of this long period pulse at all, we could see a minor creep in size on Sunday morning, with just a little more punch on the open beaches than we'd normally expect from such small waves. But that's a 50-50 chance at best.
The winds are going to be doing the typical winter routine - early morning west, south westerlies with afternoon sea breezes. This should eventually become a more consistent southerly on Sunday into Monday.
Bottom line is there won't be much on the north-facing points, but if you're willing to get up early and take a stroll to the south-facing swell magnets before the wind goes onshore then there's a reasonable chance of some fun little peaks at a few spots.
The bonus of these conditions is people can explore banks that would normally not get a look in when the swell is bigger.
So rather than getting down about the lack of swell, get up off the lounge, pack some food and water and take a stroll to the lesser known spots because it's on the quieter days that we often find hidden gems.
Stay safe, have fun, wait your turn, and surf today like you want to surf again tomorrow.