Flyer: A Mighty Wind

Stu Nettle

Not sure about your coast, but I was inundated by choppy waters this week. Every single day was the same, though it was worse during the early part of the week when snap squalls appeared from off the radar.

They rode over the top of good energy, unsettled the surface conditions, which meant I spent more time reacting and trying to stay on the level, rather than relaxing and staying calm.

Monday: A steady onshore regime set itself up in the Tasman Sea, while Snapper Rocks was surprisingly and unceremoniously dropped from the Championship Tour. Twenty-something years it’d been running steady.

Tuesday: An easterly devil wind soured what would have been a great day of waves, as North Narrabeen was surprisingly added to the CT after twenty-something years off the calendar. It had been absent even longer than Snapper had been present. The Dream Tour concept was suddenly turned on its head.

Wednesday: Not only was Margaret River confirmed as a CT event but so too was Rottnest Island - another surprise of course. Sudden too. It was about his point I began feeling seasick, a condition not aided by the third straight day of jumped up onshores.

Thursday: Dawn broke to an ill wind blowing across the Oz media landscape, with news Facebook had purged the News Feed of every media outlet. It doesn’t affect Swellnet much, but the WSL, who maintain flexibility by contacting fans via social media and then live stream across Facebook? How will that be affected..? No-one can say for sure. And the wind of course was onshore…

Friday: ‘Twas onshore again and I could barely bring myself to look at my inbox for what may leap out. Yet when I did the Swellnet Forecast Notes appeared on the monitor. “Swell increasing,” it said. “Wind decreasing.” 

And a calm descended on the land.

Yours metaphorically,

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zenagain Saturday, 20 Feb 2021 at 8:00am

Smooth sailing from here on?

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Gra Murdoch Saturday, 20 Feb 2021 at 8:31am

What could POSSIBLY go wrong?

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sangsta Saturday, 20 Feb 2021 at 8:50am

Those onshores always feel like headwinds mate, so from one pirate to another, there is always rum.

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stunet Saturday, 20 Feb 2021 at 9:10am

At 9am in the morning?

What a fine idea!

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shoredump Saturday, 20 Feb 2021 at 11:16am
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jayet-010 Saturday, 20 Feb 2021 at 2:50pm

How very Chas Smith of you

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batfink Saturday, 20 Feb 2021 at 5:39pm

Some offshores wouldn’t go astray. Could blow some blueys out to sea too. A mate said Cronulla was awash with them on Thursday.

Love autumn, looking to make a pig of myself in some nice offshore swells.

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tubeshooter Sunday, 21 Feb 2021 at 6:39pm

Fortunately I've been lucky enough this week to score several glass offs after some rainy patches ended up saving the onshore session.
But yeah the bluebottles are getting a bit annoying.

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Groper Monday, 22 Feb 2021 at 4:25pm

A mighty wind alright, driving hot water and laden with the stench of a pelagic feast. What a week!!!

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greg-n.williams Sunday, 28 Feb 2021 at 8:34am

Been dry-docked again due to another injury after having 2 weeks back in the water after a torn meniscus which kept me out for 3 mnths! You don't know what you've got till it's gone, on shores or not! As far as the Wozzle goes I guess it'll give me something to watch, bring it on!!!