Far from epic week with short period, northerly windswell. May see some better groundswell into the weekend.
Synoptic situation – Low (994mb) far Atlantic moves east, deepening for a time as it does. High (1033mb) Bay of Biscay extends NE towards UK for a time, before retracting back south.
Been a crazy summer on all fronts. Loved the weather, few waves and lots on in here, so apologies for slippage in regular surf forecast updates. Will try and get them up more regularly. Anyway hope you’ve all had a good one – best summer for ages. Things taken a turn cooler over the last few days as Autumn begins to show – cooler NW airflow and weak, poor shaped wind waves for the North Coast. Looks like this is the way things will stay right through the week, so get fishing/swimming enjoying getting in when you can – water is the warmest it has been in ages. We may see bit of NW groundswell in for Saturday and Sunday, but early days yet, so check back later in the week. For the trippers amongst you, Scotland and Ireland could be worth a visit. Hang in there, autumn fruits will be on the way.
Low tide 7am/7pm, moving to springs.
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….