Monday, 3 June 2013

The Wave of Disapproval

The weather has been fantastic recently.  Now all we need is good surf.  When I say 'we' I really mean Phil as he is the surfer in the family.  However, as anyone who lives with a surfer will know, no waves means no smiles. 

Northerly onshore winds have seemingly hit our north coast 'forever' (as Phil put it last night) and, with a lack of any sizeable swell, both have conspired to keep Phil from his proper wave fix for a while now.  Let's just say there is currently a distinct wave of disapproval from our household about recent conditions.

I have also noticed a scientific correlation between lack of waves and the sudden urge from Phil to buy a new addition to his quiver of boards.  This is another interesting part of living with a surfer.  Apparently you need a different type of board for all the different types of waves.  Now I understand this to a certain degree.  Longboard equals smaller waves and shortboard equals bigger surf but no, there is much more to it than that I'm told.  This is the reason that anybody contemplating shacking up with a surf dude should prepare themselves for the fact that you will have an assortment of said varieties of boards sprinkled around at least 5 rooms of your house.  The mystery is with why the urge to buy a new board coincides with a period of no waves.  What type of board do you need for that type of wave?  Or is it more a case of lack of surf 'boardom' leading to a sudden rise in surfboard browsing?

The good news is that there is a possible improvement in conditions predicted for tomorrow or Wednesday.  Smiles all round then.  And in the meantime, our bathroom will currently be safe from an expansion of the surfboard collection....for now.

Sunshine good, surf bad

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