Darn, these SSW swells keep toying with us. The charts look great if you just check the swell size n period - but then one always forgets that lil matter of swell direction. And therein lies the rub. The bay just really doesn't light up properly on a SSW. Just seems to not really get a proper wrap around Cape Recife as it's hitting it a little be too straight on. The top part ofthe bay down to say Pipe still tends to pick up a bit of it, but Avo's and deeper into the bay get skunked. The lil kink in the coast at Avo's putting paid to any hope of the swell sneaking further down to Millers, Pier or Hummies.
We really need a solid SW with a good period to wrap in, or else an east swell. S and SSW's always get us frothing, but then stand us up every time a coconut.
JBay and Seals don't suffer from the same dismal situation, and by all accounts the bay with the J was pretty damn solid on Friday and Saturday morning. Guess that's where all the PE locals must have bailed to, cos on Friday most spots were really uncrowded until about 3pm.
April Fools on Sunday - so took the opportunity of creating a Wildside "secret spot", which is actually some random stretch of coast out there that got cooking Bell's Beach flipped over n superimposed on it. Reading the Sunday Times one wasn't sure what was April Fools and what wasn't - such is the joys of our country that most weekends the stuff you read in it could be an April Fool cos it's so unbelievable!
Sunday also saw Dave Mandel do some impressive fly-by's in his fighter jet. Coming in low over the Millers line-up and then banking up over the pier and out towards Swartkops. No mundane Sundays drives for this ou!