Nice big roundhouse on a beachie.
Nice big roundhouse on a beachie.

Time for swell-raising trade winds to replace northerlies

Yes folks, it's yuletide on the North Coast, Christmas and New Year, or, as many would call it, silly season.

But for us surfers this time of year holds a sense of hope and promise. Traditionally it's the time of year when the spring northerlies finally release their grip and give way to the summer trade winds.

As a general rule the switch is usually thrown between mid-December and mid-January, which explains why it always feels like it magically happens around New Year.

We got hit by another howler of a northerly last weekend and early this week but, if we're lucky, it may be the last of the really strong ones.

The good news is that we've got a small but consistent easterly trade wind 1m swell pushing into our region. Plus, yesterday, a low crossed the east coast, and looks like might intensify briefly and spin a small E/SE swell our way.

Hopefully, it will also send us some gentle E/SE winds for today and tomorrow before the northerly picks up again on Sunday.

Joel sliding into a sweet little section.
Joel sliding into a sweet little section.

The northerly should only last a day or so, as a larger southerly system is moving up through the Tasman Sea.

This second system is showing signs it could send us a decent SE swell and several days of SE wind for Monday and Tuesday - a pretty nice way to start off 2014.

All in all, I'm relieved to report that, finally, after a very average late winter, spring and early summer season, it looks like things are looking up just a little in the way of waves.

Hope you score some slides for the season. Remember to have fun, wait your turn, and surf today like you want to surf again tomorrow.

Today: Swell E 1m (8-10sec) wind S/SE 15-20kts. Saturday: Swell E/SE 1-1.5m (10-12sec) wind E/SE 10-15kts. Sunday: Swell E/SE 1m (6-8sec) wind N/NW 10-20kts. Monday: Swell S/SE 1.5-2m (10-12sec) wind NW-S/SE 15-25kts Tuesday: Swell S/SE 1.5-2m (10-12sec) wind SE-E/SE 10-20kts

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