I woke up about half 6 and looked out the window to see the sun rising over the horizon which was pretty amazing. Having rolled out of bed and checked the surf it was about 1ft and clean due to the early offshore breeze. It looked like the start of a beautiful day, without a single cloud in the sky.
After some breakfast I skated up to the point and took some photos of the next beach over to the north. The surf there was the same size but looked less constant, so I decided I would go for a paddle out the same beach as yesterday.
I stayed in for about an hour and a half, but then I had to get out as I was just freezing cold. The air was a far amount cooler than the sea (which is about 15/16 I'm told) and the breeze made it freezing. The longer I was in the sea the closer a big weather front like last night arrived from the south. By the time I got out about 9:30am it was completely overcast and was threatening to rain.
The only way I could warm up was to get back into bed under my duvet, so I led there checking my surf book for where to go next up the coast, and text Lorraine. Apparently the surf has been much the same up at Spot X as here over the last few days, and they Havnt had the best weather either...at least I'm not missing much up there either.
When I had warmed up a bit I sorted out the car and headed off. First i went to a Maccas for the usual internet routine, then went on the next beach, in a place called 'Thirroul'. It wasn't as nice as where I has just come from, and I wasn't all that bothered about hanging around there really. I went for a bit of walk to check out down the beach more, while eating lunch. It turned out the surf was marginally better here, but not enough to make me want to go in..
Miraculously the sun came out, so I found a sheltered patch on the grass above the beach from the strong onshore winds, and listened to my music in the sun. For some reason I'm super tired, must be going to sleep later the last few nights, but I think I dozed off once or twice while laying there.
All of a sudden the unsettled weather struck again a few hours later. Big storm clouds blew over and it was raining and extremely strong winds within 15/20 mins. I sat in the car and faffed with my scruffy looking dreads until they were looking half respectable again, then drove on the next place north 5 minutes away called 'Austinmer'.
There was a beach car park which didn't appear to have any 'no camping' signs, so I guess I will stay here tonight?
The forecast is showing a 2m ESE swell to be here by morning, hense the gale force winds ripping through currently. I just hope it lives up to its forecast and there are some half decent waves in the morning!
It was horizontal torrential rain when I wanted to cook some dinner, and even the picnic areas were getting washed out. I ended angling the car so the passenger window could be fully opened without the rain coming in,then used gas stove on the passenger seat so heat up noodles cooked in soup. Not someone think I wish to do again in a hurry!
(Photo - the view from the car park im in tonight. Kind of reminds me of Hawiian and Tahitan photos where the mountains go right down to the beach..)