Northerlies whip up Spring swell
OKAY guys, here we are, it's school holidays again, it's time for the groms to score their share and they'll be hassling their folks to get them there.
But the big question is where? Traditionally spring is not the best time of year for waves on the North Coast.
Usually the winter banks have taken a bit of a hammering from the east coast lows and the summer sand has not really settled in yet. But this year, things are looking up.
You see, although August produced a prolonged flat spell, it also turned on early spring weather, or to be more precise, earlier than usual spring northerlies.
The end result is that there is more sand around on the banks than you would normally expect at this time of year, and there has been much rejoicing.
Some of the point breaks in our region have begun to fire up - though it's not all-time perfect, the banks still need more sand but they are beginning to break at some spots.
Of course as usually happens, the word has gotten out quick and the crowds are onto it. But this spring holiday brings an added bonus for the groms who get out and look beyond the points.
The beach breaks all up and down the coast in our region have new banks forming right now and some of them have been empty and cracking most mornings.
Sure you got to get them before the wind gets up and you really need to be onto the tides, but the quality is there on the beaches and the crowds are not.
So get out and look a little harder as this is a rare opportunity for this time of year.
As for this coming week, the weekend should see a small low form off the coast. Winds should blow west Saturday morning, dusting off a clean easterly 1.5m swell.
Sometime later on the weekend, winds will shift south then back to north again maybe Sunday, with a little pulse of south swell.
Monday we will most likely see the wind swing back to the south.
There is also a low pressure system that should round Tasmania during the weekend. It may not drive up the Tasman but it should produce enough of a southerly fetch to drive some reasonable south swell up the coast.
And remember, have fun, wait your turn, 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.