At 7.20 a.m:
Constantine (3*): 3 to 4 feet
All’s quiet down in the bays on this still and peaceful, bright and cheerful early summer morning.
That same long spaced and even swell is being absorbed by the depths of a 7 meter plus high tide this morning but even so there are plenty of glassy and smooth faced waves still peaking and peeling their way to shore.
The birds are singing, the sun is shining, those waves are peeling and it seems that the world might just be slowly starting to heal itself – well, a little bit anyway.
And a big shout out to the Lifeguards who will be returning their watchful gaze to the beaches for this Bank Holiday Weekend.
Unusually this season, as a result of Covid restrictions preventing the usual winter migration to those warmer, more exotic surf spots of the globe, causing many of our local heroes to hunker down in the cold darkness of a UK winter and so wither away to only skeletal levels of fitness, the RNLI have had to recruit more lifesavers from the local farming community and their little known parallel lifesaving service, ‘Haywatch’.
We might miss the usual red and yellow attire and the body hugging swimwear but there is to be a media avalanche of info regarding the new safety flag system (Camo for go!) and the inclement weather gear sponsored this year by Barbour. And so, as our replacement guardians of the sea commence their swim lessons at Treyarnon Pool and hone their rough weather skills at the Flowrider, we look forward to the PA welcome of “gerroffmysea”.
Harlyn (3*): 2 to 3 feet
All’s quiet around at Harlyn this morning, the absolutely still air filled with the sound of waking seabirds mingling with the swoosh of peeling and breaking waves.
The surf is being lost in the high tide depths but there are still those few set waves peaking and tumbling in, a surfable and probably fun two or maybe three feet.
And it will all become sharper and crisper as the tide eases back.
The other side is still way better for surf again today though.
Today’s Tide Times:
Low Tide: 15:10 (0.6m) High Tide: 21:05 (7.2m)
Forecast for Friday 2nd March 2021
As that offshore breeze eases its way to a slightly more northerly direction, dropping temperatures as it does so, the swell will also weaken and drop in size.
We are going to be enjoying only tiny, if perfect, conditions, just like summer – but maybe without the warmth!
Conditions for Easter Weekend
As Easter Weekend approaches and a beautiful and surf drenched week draws to an end, those beautifully smooth and reeling swells will start to ease in size and power.
Perfect little conditions will greet us on Good Friday but with only knee to waist high waves peeling and glistening in the sunshine. And the offshore breeze that is shaping and molding those pretty little waves will now have a more northerly direction to it and that will be felt in the drop in temperature.
By Easter Saturday we are going to have to hunt around for some waves to ride, the breeze still offshore and the sun still shining but with temperatures continuing to fall and the wave size continuing to shrink.
We will see the breeze switching onshore through Easter Sunday, still having that northerly chill to it but at least pushing some tiny wind swell our way.
And then, as a new swell starts to show through Easter Monday, the wind will have settled to the north gusting in fresh and causing temperatures to struggle to rise above 4 or 5 degrees C.
Overall though, a pleasant Holiday Weekend lies ahead with enough surf to keep most people happy. The lifeguards are on duty at our main beaches as Covid restrictions continue to ease, now allowing people to lightly mix outdoors.
Stay safe, stay happy, stay well and have a great Easter Weekend, wherever you are and whatever you’re doing!