Well, well, well…the first autumn weekend was not necessarily the best weekend on the weather front. I’ve read somewhere that we’ve had a month’s rainfall in the first three days of March (don’t you love those useless weather stats news reports. There is always a weather record to be broken somewhere). Now, as you know I don’t mind the rain so much. I happily go surfing in the rain, I sometimes even prefer rainy over sunny days as it usually means less crowds.
Unfortunately, the rain was also accompanied by fairly strong South East winds which meant that all beaches were onshore. More or less anyway. For sure, you could find a protected corners somewhere. Apparently, Manly and Maroubra on Saturday were ok (that’s what I’ve been told anyway).
I first did not mind so much that it was not exactly surfable on Friday. Well, you could have surfed but you needed to be desperate to get into the water. It was really not the nicest of days. I quite happily got heaps of other stuff done…as you do… if half the day is not taken up with surfing. Definitely not used to spending all day indoors though and I felt a first onset of cabin fever by Friday afternoon.
Saturday, was a write off again. I had other non surf related stuff on all day so could not get to the beach. My only option for a surf was really early and I just could not get myself out of bed into the onshore mess. More cabin fever by Saturday night.
Sunday morning I checked the surf fairly early…to my disappointment, it was yet again onshore and it was low tide early. Like a tiger in a cage I was pacing up and down the promenade in Bondi, undecided what to do…on the one hand I really wanted to get into the water but I was hoping it would get a bit better with high tide. Maybe swim or yoga or walk until the tide gets in? That’s what happens if you are used to surfing every day and you have not done any exercise for days.
I tried to go for a walk instead… it ended up being a two hour coastal walk. Ok, admittedly the actual walking time was only one hour maybe but I stopped all the time watching the waves. Even though onshore, they were beautiful to look at. Watching the ocean always makes me so grateful to be able to live so close by the sea. It also reminded me though how desperate I was to get into the water. Two days indoors and two hours watching waves… I could not take it any longer. As soon as I got home I grabbed my board and went for a little surf in the North corner in Bondi which was a little bit protected. The water was filthy from all the rain, there were heaps of people, everyone sitting on top of each other in a tiny take off zone, the rides were rather short before it was closing out…but I was happy as a pig in sh.. to be in the water. Average surf is still better than no surf, especially after two days indoors…
Better get used to the average conditions anyway. It looks like we got to deal with the pesky onshore for another few days this week. And the rain, did I mention the rain? The weather bureau says the state (NSW) could expect rainfall at or above average for the autumn…doh…
Have a lovely week anyway and hey, at least you know the surf won’t be too busy.