Surfing: Swell may dish up a bit of fun

THAT was a nice surprise.

Although the weekend didn't exactly go off, Monday and Tuesday did actually turn on some decent waves.

See, sometimes we just get lucky; that predicted easterly swell thankfully got a little longer in its swell period.

This was thanks to the high that was feeding it, due to it moving a little further offshore.

By Monday we woke up to something that was almost looking like a pre-season trade wind swell.

Sure, it was still pretty soft and lumpy, but we did get waves.

Here's hoping you had the chance to sample a few while it lasted. If not, don't sweat it, there's a semi-decent pulse of south-east swell on the way.

Of course I did say semi- decent.

It's not exactly huge, and it won't last very long, but it's spring so no point being too choosy, we'll just take what we can get.

The swell will swing from an east north-east wind swell early this morning, to a straight southerly pulse later today.

Tonight it will shift back a little towards the east.

Enough that by tomorrow afternoon, east south-east should be the main direction.

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ABOVE: Dave going strong.LEFT: Roisin milks it while it lasts.BELOW: That moment when you realise you just scored. Slideaholicscom

The southerly pulse today could have the greater size in it, maybe reaching 2-2.5m.

Yet being straight south and short period, most of it will stay wide in deep water.

It's what will begin to play out tomorrow that is more likely to be of value.

It's a given that this will be yet another short-lived spring southerly.

The wind and the swell will abate quickly.

Yet the quick swing in direction could give a reasonable window of opportunity tomorrow with 1-1.5m of E/SE swell hitting most beaches.

As the wind will be south also it does mean that clean waves will also be the smaller waves.

However Sunday has a little trick up its sleeve. The wind could swing SW or even W/NW very early before turning onshore.

With an E/SE swell of 1-1.2m hitting the open beaches, this could dish up a couple of hours of clean and punchy little peaks on the back beaches.

It'll be for the early crew only, as the wind will swing onshore by mid-morning.

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



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