Surf conditions at 7.55 a.m. on Saturday 18th January 2014:
It's bumping through here this morning, way bigger than I was expecting and with a light offshore (south easterly) giving it all that shape!
Set waves are peeling across the back of the Reef, the faces a bit fat even with the offshore but peeling forever. And those same set waves are breaking outside Booby's an hour or so after high tide, big peaks stuttering and reeling off, vertical and hollow. It does look like a challenge(!?) of a paddle but there are some reeling waves washing through.
After saying all that though, there are probably going to be places breaking way better than here under these conditions this morning! Wherever you go though, I'd get on it fairly quick, that wind is going to change, although forecast to stay light. And this swell is likely to gradually ease off too.
And it's now that we can see any changes to the beach after all those storms.
There's a bit of a drop at the main entrance, that clay bank a good three or four feet down off the vertical wall of sand, while there's also a bit of a gap between the steps and the beach at the other end. Other than that, the dunes have been a bit blown, the lifeguard hut base has been half buried but there's nothing that won't naturally self heal.
Apart from all the debris and rubbish that is!
Stacey (Long) is setting up a group of volunteers to give the local beaches a bit of a clean up. Check his Facebook page for more info (Seven Bays Task Force) on where and when but I think that the first one is set for this morning at Treyarnon, start at 9 I think.
It's about now that we are really going to miss the Beach Rangers. Lost to one of those incredibly short sighted, knee jerk, cost cutting exercises by our elected representatives which is probably going to come back and bite us all. After all, the most precious local commodities are our beaches, it kind of makes sense to look after them.
Luckily, there is a bit of a community spirit around here and the guys will rally round and get stuck in to keep the place as we would all like it. And those guys who always do pick up as they go along should be appreciated too. I know a few who always take more rubbish away than they would ever bring, unnoticed and unrewarded and quite happy to be!
Let's all do that!
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