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.