At 6.15 a.m:
Constantine (0*): 8 to 10 feet
The wind is screaming ashore courtesy of Storm Ellen having thrown a relatively mild little hissy fit out in the Atlantic overnight.
Relatively light south westerly gales are churning and rolling some big and lumpy swells as they bump their way into the bays, the skies gradually clearing and offering some exciting views of a storm swept horizon.
These storms seem to hit every August, creating havoc for campers, farmers and neurotic gardeners as overly fruited hedgerows and bushes are shaken and rattled. But this one seems to be relatively mild, the air temperature staying light as the winds gradually blow themselves away, those heavy downpours not as frequent or long lasting as expected.
But you still don’t want to be going in the sea here or anywhere near here today, so let’s have a little look at Harlyn……..
Harlyn (3*): 5 to 6 feet
There’s already that buzz of anticipation in the car park this morning as gale force sou’ westerlies blows hard offshore to meet some thick and lumpy, bowling five foot swells.
It’s not quite the chunky bruisers of winter but there looks to be plenty of oomph out there this morning, those wind hollowed set waves looping and thumping their way to shore.
Low tide should be exciting as the Rock spins off those reeling right-handers to ooh and aah the crowds who will almost certainly keep the lifeguards busy today, as both boards and people get tangled and smashed by those thick grinders.
Today’s Tide Times:
Low Tide: 14:11 (0.6m) High Tide: 20:07 (7.7m)
Surf Forecast for Saturday 22nd August 2020
As the wind only gradually calms, so too will the surf, those lumping thick swells easing in size as the day rolls on.
But there will still be plenty of testing surf to play in all day long, Harlyn being the venue of choice locally and providing plenty of hollow and snappy barrels through low tide.
Surf Conditions for the Weekend
Storm Ellen is likely to have wreaked some havoc through the end of the week flinging some big, big swells our way and all of it being blown ashore by those strong gale force sou’ westerlies – as well as coinciding with this week’s big spring tides.
So this weekend will see the storm gradually easing to leave plenty of still big and angry surf gouging its way along the coastline.
Saturday’s south westerly gales should ease overnight as the wind backs more westerly into Sunday, those storm swells also weakening quite quickly from their Friday peak of eight to ten feet.
So we can still expect some testing conditions through Saturday with Harlyn beckoning, the wind howling offshore and four to six feet of sand filled low tide barrels looking to snap your board like a twig. The pre-high should be good with a little more time on offer to slip into those angry close-outs.
By Sunday there will be much more of a bump in the smaller surf at Harlyn, the westerly wind still blowing hard enough across the bay. Three feet of summer fun waves should keep everyone happy throughout the day though, even if the lifeguards will probably have a very busy day in the office!
Stay safe, stay happy, stay well and have a great weekend, wherever you are and whatever you’re doing!