Plan your surfing during Schoolies
HERE we are yet again, another lap around the sun and the Schoolies thing has just begun.
Well Grommies if you're planning to slide into a wave or two, then you need to be aware that there's been a few sharks around too.
Now I'm mainly talking about the ones in the ocean here.
Although there's also those creepy ones that slide into the schoolies scene around this time of year.
For those who'd like to reduce the risk of interacting with sharks.
Well the ones in the water at least, here's a few tips.
Don't swim or surf at night, dawn or dusk.
Give it a miss if the water is really murky after rain, and be aware of when you see or smell bait fish in the water.
Don't fall for the myth that if dolphins are around it means no sharks.
The two species often feed on the same bait ball.
If you see birds diving at the surface to feed, then ask yourself what is driving the fish to the surface where the birds can get at them, chances are it could be something big.
The trick is have fun but be smart, remember the water around here is not netted.
It's a wild and dynamic environment, not a theme park.
As for the other sharks cruising around the schoolies scene?
Well just stay in groups and watch out for each other, then those creepers can't work their way in.
As for the waves, I don't want to get your hopes up too high, but, there is a reasonable chance we may see something a little more substantial this weekend.
The odds are about a coin toss that we could receive a pulse of straight easterly swell increasing Saturday and holding through Sunday.
A little like a prelude to an easterly trade swell, although much softer, shorter period and nowhere near as organised into clean lines.
It's possible that we'll get an easterly pulse up to 2m at (6-9secs) the east fetch hasn't blown long enough to really get organised, but it might just have blown long enough to give us a little bit of size.
Here's hoping we get lucky.
Stay safe, have fun and wait your turn. Remember to surf today like you want surf again tomorrow.