The October long weekend marks a very important date in the surf calendar. Why is that? Daylight saving will begin again in NSW on Sunday, 6 October 2013, when clocks will go forward one hour at 2:00 am.
Now some of you might think what’s so exciting about losing one hour’s sleep? Especially, the non-morning peeps amongst you might be grumpy about it. But they are the ones that should not be grumpy because you now don’t need to get up for the early morning surf because you can surf after work too even if you are a 8.30 – 6.30 office slave (admit it, 9-5 does not really exist anymore). So whilst it seems that you might lose an hour’s sleep in the short time, technically you win hours and hours in the morning because you can surf after work now.
That’s really the main benefit of Daylight Saving for surfers. You can now fit two surfs in or have the flexibility to surf after work if you don’t get one in in the morning.
One would think that also means that it’s less busy in the water as the crowds disperse a bit because there is more opportunity to surf. Makes sense right? Don’t get your hopes up too much. That’s unfortunately, only the case for a few weeks into Daylight Savings. Whilst there is more opportunity to surf, the number of surfers does not stay the same because
- surf crazys (like I used to) would just go twice a day
- summer surfers tend to come out of hibernation (that’s the ones who are allergic to cold water and/or neoprene can only surf once the water is above 18 degrees again)
- backpackers flood the surf
Oh well, in other good news for a few weeks you won’t have to get up at 5.00 am if you like to surf at sunrise, 6 will do with Daylight Savings…
For your friends and your boss, however, Daylight Savings might not be such good news. When I was still working in a 9-5 job, my days looked something like that sleep – surf – work – surf – sleep. That would not leave much time for anything else. Who would have thought that Daylight Savings could be bad for your social life?
I even think Daylight Savings might be damaging for your career. In my office slave times, I used to start checking the surf cam from 3 pm and get geared up to leave the office at the earliest opportunity. Oh and I can tell you I was not very happy at all if anyone called in a late meeting or something got dumped on my desk. No one likes staying back late ever I guess but it’s certainly easier if it’s pitch black outside and not much happening. Needless to say my tolerance for overtime was at it’s lowest when the surf was waiting after work. Well, I guess other people have to leave on time to pick up their kids…I had to pick up my loved ones too…only that they were surfboards in time for after work surf…
Daylight Savings or not, the days are getting longer and longer days = more surfs. If I was to have a say in this whole thing everyone’s day should not be determined by hours anyway but the tides…
And don’t forget Gidgets, when you go to bed Saturday, clocks go forward by an hour by the time you get up for your Sunday morning surf. Oh and some tide charts don’t take Daylight Savings into account and you need to add an hour to match Daylight Savings time.