ABOVE: Rob poised up the front and just cruising.
ABOVE: Rob poised up the front and just cruising. Inbyronbaytodaycom

Promised swell barely a ripple

Really, was that it?

After all the puff and blow from the media about a furious east coast low, is that really all the swell we're going to get.

Well, apparently so. So what happened? Where did it go?

I've said it before and I'll say it again: ECLs are tricky at best. They tend to play by their own rules.

This one had the whole east coast frothing with anticipation, me included, although perhaps in a more subdued and slightly suspicious kind of way. But, instead of pushing the high-pressure system aside, as predicted it would, the darn thing bounced off it like a pinball and headed off to menace the west coast of NZ instead.

That was it - game over for us. The South Coast through to the Hunter Coast ended up receiving the swell we hoped for.

The residual south swell that did eventually turn up here on the weekend did turn on some pretty tasty head-high beach breaks on the more southerly facing beaches. The points, however, never really got firing.

The good news is that all the new sand that has been building for the last two months is still intact. So maybe the fact that the system didn't make it this far is a blessing in disguise.

This weekend is winding up as a mixed bag at best. Look at the various, and quite frankly, highly contradictory charts and forecasts for the weekend.

The only thing we can be certain of is that spring is in charge and the bureau is mighty confused.

 

LEFT: The beach breaks did have moments last weekend.
LEFT: The beach breaks did have moments last weekend.

One chart predicts three highs in the Tasman over the weekend while another suggests a complex system of four to five lows in the same region at the same time.

 

Okay, that just does my head in. So let's consult the aching bones.

The creaking hip and dodgy knee say we can look forward to mostly northerlies, possible rain, easterly to northeast swell in the 1-1.5m range and a low-pressure-driven southerly change with increased swell somewhere between Sunday and Monday.

If I'm wrong, we'll sack the joints and get back to the charts.

Remember to 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.



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