Small fun, clean waves for the first part of the week, before we see a thumping SSW groundswell and S/SSE winds for the weekend. Dust off the guns.
Synoptic situation – High (1035mb) over France, gradually drifts away east. Low (984mb) NW Scotland moves slowly away east, with isobars extending way down the North Atlantic. New low (988mb) off Newfoundland forms, moves east, deepening violently as it does, occupying most of the North Atlantic by Friday.
Banging waves on the east coast last weekend, all time by all accounts. Nothing like that down here, although a few onshore lumps knocking about. Now a clean, but sloppy 1-2ft at the open beaches of the North Coast. Beautiful day though and might be worth a splash later. Same again for tomorrow, maybe a touch bigger, 2-3ft on the sets with moderate S winds so again some fun waves about. Wednesday and Thursday see things pick up further for the North Coast – 3-4ft and clean in the SSE winds – again should be some fun sessions about with Thursday probably being the better of the two days – get in if you can. Rest up on Friday – wind a bit more variable (W/NW) although still 3ft+ of swell about. Real treat is looking like the weekend, when we’ll see a banging groundswell (10ft @14 sec) head in for the North Coast from Saturday am. It’s early days yet (and easy to get over excited) but it really is looking punchy, I’d say in 6-8ft+ range for North Coast with moderate S/SSE winds all weekend. Many places down here probably be suffering from a little too much of a good thing, so I’d seek out shelter or head to a reef that can handle the size. Fill your boots either way (and if you want to come and tell us about it, swing by the workshop here at Wheal Kitty on Saturday. We’ve got Lesley down with her Bowmont sheep, the tent will be up, wood burner on and post surf mulled wine/minced pies/whisky mac adrift!).
Low tide 8am/8pm, moving to neaps.
SINCE FEBRUARY 2003….
My first ever forecast was back in February 2003 when it was one of the 3 pages of our website – in my bedroom above the surf shop in Aggie. I update it (when I can!) Monday and Thursday am. I feel proud that it’s still part of the brand today.
It mainly focuses on the SW and won’t tell you to go this or that beach at this or that time. It’s more of a general overview of how I think things will pan out over the outlook period and what that means for us surfers on these shores…sometimes it’s awesome and sometimes it sucks, but often just good to get in.
There’s a bunch of links below that I find most useful. For me, reading the pressure charts has always been step 1 – goes back to the old days when all you had was the weather after the BBC news to make the call about a trip. That was 4 seconds you had to see what kind of systems were heading our way, before Michael Fish got in the way! You had to really understand and read the charts. In fact, our first advert was a met office chart for the best surf conditions for the South West UK. I went to the Met Office and scanned through 10 years of archive charts to find this one! The whole thinking was that if you knew charts and understood what this meant, you’d get the ad and get the commitment behind Finisterre and what it is we do.
In this day and age where there is so much info out there, the best swells are still the unexpected ones….every now and then they’ll sneak in and catch everyone off guard….
Best for wavebuoys
Windguru – this is the one that updates live
Best for charts, making your own wind readings and swell orientation
Good friend Des at Constantine Bay does the best daily report that I know….