Jeepers, this easterly is doing my head in. I'm so over summer, and we aren't even halfway through it yet. Had a look through the stats on Wind Guru, which showed we only had 6 days of west in December. In other words, 84% of the time it blew east.
Looking back to December 2009 and 2008, they had 11 and 9 days of west respectively. So by all accounts we're quite entitled to be gatvol of the east these holidays, it HAS been worse than usual. Add freezing water and hardly any swell to the mix, and you have a potent combination to create widespread misery amongst the local surfing population!
At last a brief respite is on the cards, with a west coming through from Saturday through to Monday. There's even a bit of groundswell predicted for Tuesday next week, but unfortunately it coincides with the return of the easts. Bogger.
The holiday makers are pulling out of SF in droves - even non-surfers hate the persistent easts! The irony of it is that Joeys weather is perfect this time of year....all they need is a sea though.
Just wish that wavepools were more economically viable, we could sure do with one. I've surfed the one up at Sun City. Once you get over the fact that chlorinated water doesn't float you as much, and that wiping out on concrete isn't that comfortable - all's good.
You can sit in exactly the same spot, and every 4 minutes to the second a roar emanates from behind the wall and out rolls a decent sized wave. Nothing wrong with artificial perfection! It's also a trip walking through the casino carrying your board and have everyone looking at you like you're bonkers! Highly recommended.....