Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Kimmeridge Perfection

Surfed Kimmeridge today with bro. Swell was forecast to be good size with light winds. When we got there it was a lovely glassy 4-5' with only a handful out. Caught some nice lefts on the Magic Carpet and had a real workout as the waves were breaking way out. Only complaint was as the tide dropped the peaks seem to break further and further out with less shoulder. All in all a great days surfing in fairly mild conditions. Although we surfed the Ledges, Yellows and the even the bay were showing form. The Bench was red flagged and we were serenaded by gunfire throughout the session!

Saturday, 19 February 2011

Southerndown Surf Session

Surfed Southerndown alone today on outgoing tide about 2 hours after high tide. Started off 3' dropping to 2' as tide dropped out over rocks. Easy little session. Wind cross SE. Not great considering swell was forecast 7.5' for South Wales with light winds. Checked out Ogmore rivermouth first but tide was starting to race out and rip up the righthand peak across the river. When I got to Ogmore it looked a good 4' and offshore with plenty of longboarders out. I waited for 15 minutes and was glad I didn't get kitted up and paddle across the brown river as the surf started to deteriorate rapidly. Should have got there an hour earlier.  Massive high tide in early hours had spoilt the morning as none of the other breaks further East were working. Had to take my son to footy in the afternoon so morning it had to be.

Saturday, 12 February 2011

Bos Vegas Surf - Surf Trip to South Coast

With a macking swell closing out most of North coast went surfing to today with bro and Rich W to South coast. Checked out Highcliffe which was headhigh at times and pretty wild. Watched a few guys struggling paddling out with no sign  of any definable rips to assist. Very few waves going down. Went to Avon Beach at Christchurch which looked great for SUPs. Wind light offshore with 3' fat waves peeling down the outer bank but just not enough for surfing. Ended up on the West side of Boscombe pier. It was not big but the swell direction was driving a current down the beach so it was hard work and a case of catch a wave then walk up the beach. Not great conditions but the sun was out and it was mild for the time of year. Artificial reef looked unsurfable! Swell was from the west about 10' with a 15 second period, the wind started light W and picked up throughout day.
On way home just past Ringwood thought we had seen a White Tailed Sea Eagle cross above us. Very big bird of prey with pale head. Apparently one has been seen in the area. Despite detouring off the main road we were unable verify.