Surf conditions at 7.55 a.m. on Monday 20th January 2014:
It's one of those anonymous days today with not much of anything happening out there but with just a little bit of everything too.
The wind is steady and from the north west, lightly blowing that scattered cloud about, occasionally allowing the odd downpour through here and there but also letting some brightness shine as well.
There's three, maybe four feet of rolling and bumpy surf bouncing up the sand at high tide this morning lit by three quarters of a bright moon and framed by those lazy clouds. It is kind of a summer scene but obviously just a bit chillier but not much though!
If you're keen enough, you'll probably get a fun surf in, nothing too intense just a sloppy and bumpy one which occasionally throws up those inside zippy sections!
Good to see Dom (Clarke) on BBC's Countryfile last night, along with Susie (Ray) and Ben (Avery) getting busted surfing the opening sequence (he should have been in college!!). Well done them and aren't those fish 'rubbings' wonderful! You can check it out on BBC iplayer.
And, as that program highlighted, those recent storms did make an impact on our local beaches.
At Constantine 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) has set 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. The first clean up was on Saturday at Treyarnon, picking up sixty bags of rubbish!
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!
Check out 'Take 3' at (www.take3.org.au).
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