SWELL TIMES: There was swell, but the sand here still needs to move.
SWELL TIMES: There was swell, but the sand here still needs to move.

Surfers might have to wait until New Year for better waves

LAST weekend played out pretty much as expected.

So hopefully we all got some long overdue waves.

Yes I know, the crowds were pretty radical at some spots.

That's hardly surprising though, as it's been a long time between drinks, so everyone was thirsty.

Plus when we go to the more popular spots these days, do any of us really still believe it's going to uncrowded.

I suspect not.

The east swell did fade out a little quicker than hoped and the mid-week southerly pulse was unfortunately bullied into submission by yet more northerly winds.

It seems that the usual situation comedy that is December will be played out again this year.

That is short blasts of tantalising swell getting us all wound up, quickly being blown away by spring style northerlies.

As per usual, I really don't expect the summer trades to really take hold until the New Year.

We always hope they'll arrive early, but they rarely do.

 

For those who bothered to look hard enough, there were rewards.
For those who bothered to look hard enough, there were rewards.

Okay, on to this coming weekend.

Well, unless there is some kind of miraculous intensification of the southerly that's trying to make its way this far north, we won't be seeing a repeat performance of last weekend.

It's more likely that old routine of a short period north-east to easterly wind swell, being fairly quickly blown flat by a light southerly on Saturday.

This wind change will drag a weak straight south swell a few hours behind it.

This could result in a little increase in size on the open beaches, but a very rapid reduction in swell size on the points.

The good news is that this wind change is likely to be fairly light, meaning that for those who like the option of a bit more size, the open beaches, although bumpy, will be a bit more manageable.

The north-east wind swell that's been trying to build over the last 48 hours is not going to last long.

If you're hoping to take advantage of it pushing into the northern facing spots as they go offshore with the southerly, then you're going to want to move fast.

 

Declan taking on the twist and finding some shade.
Declan taking on the twist and finding some shade.

Sunday may see a little more action at our south swell magnets.

But I wouldn't get my hopes up too high.

This system is showing very few signs of gaining in intensity.

By Monday it's back to the dreaded northerlies yet again.

Just remember, this pattern is coming to an end.

It's only a matter of time before the summer trade winds eventually arrive.

Stay safe, wait your turn, and surf today like you want surf again tomorrow.



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