Surfing: Small waves still good ones
LAST week pretty much played out as expected although a little smaller than hoped, with that south swell just sweeping past a little too wide to really help things along.
Still there's been a few small lines around worth a slide or two.
This weekend is showing a little more promise in a weird kind of way.
It's not that we'll get a whole lot of swell, in fact probably less.
But closer to shore the direction of what there is looks like it could change just enough to throw up a few short-period peaky little waves - emphasis on the word little, though.
Here's the deal. The online surfing world is losing its collective mind over an Indian Ocean/Southern Ocean south-west swell of considerable magnitude which should hit WA, SA, western Victoria, Tasmania and Indonesia this weekend.
In our neck of the woods, it points to very little, except when we take into account the unseen eddying effect of such a system.
The shorter-period south swell closer to our coast could begin to bend and swing towards the east closer inshore.
It's unlikely to get big. In fact, we'll be lucky if it pushes a metre at best.
But with the early morning offshore winds there should be a few fun micro peaks for the groms on the open beaches, maybe even a few extremely tiny runners on the points.
But keep in mind that school holidays will be under way.
If crowds do your head in, points and bays might not be the best choice for a couple of weeks.
For those who hoped for a little more; keep an eye on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning.
It's about then that whatever is left over from the Southern Ocean portion of that massive south-west swell will have had long enough to refract past Tasmania and eventually wander up our coastline.
It's a long shot whether we actually see any of it but what will pass us should be running at some-where between 2m and 3.5m (at 18-30 seconds) in deep water.
It's probably worth keeping a weather eye on some of our less popular southern swell magnets as it passes.
Stay safe, have fun, wait your turn, and surf today like you want to surf again tomorrow.