They are calling it a 50 year storm. Record high tides, combined with a massive swell and extremely bad weather pushed in by an overactive jet stream. This almost perfect storm surge is the freaky side affect of our relatively mild winter temperatures. The weather men forecast it, the surf charts saw it coming and the relevant authorities issued weather warnings. So irresponsibly we took Molly the puppy out for a look at what this storm was going to do to Gower.
Heading out last night, Langland was our first stop, and fair play it was awesome, but there is no lighting down there, which meant it was hazardous and we couldn’t get any photos. Just one of Molly surveying the surf.
Limeslade was better lit and the waves were breaking over the road, but again the storm was making photography impossible. Heading to Caswell Bay it was absolute chaos. The sea was crossing the road and the storm foam was moving into the car park. After I got this very poor shot of the chaos it was time to head home and dry off.
Today (Saturday 04/01/14) the storm has passed for a while but more high tides are due. We headed down to Caswell to survey the impact of last nights storm. Just leaving the car park the damage and mess is clear.
If it wasn’t driftwood across the road…
…it was boulders thrown up on the beach head.
The poor old Surfside Cafe had been completely overwhelmed. Water had got in and churned the whole place up.
The damage to the shutters is clear and that then just let the waves in. Let’s hope they get it fixed up soon without too much distress to the owners, Molly and I love their latte with a bacon bagel.
The surf at Caswell was looking a complete mess, massive and dangerous. Two surfers were in the water, but they were just getting a right royal pasting.
We decided to head around to Langland Bay as it should be getting a better wave due to its more sheltered positioning on the Gower coast. The improvement in weather combined with the dropping tide produced some epic Langland surf and plenty of riders were in the water trying to make the most of the heavy conditions. There was a good break between sets, but the set waves were massive.
The reduction in wind was ensuring some clean faces…
…as long as you made the drop.
Apparently these high tides are continuing until at least Monday, the swell doesn’t appear to be dropping much and more storms are on the way. Anything could happen, watch this space and stay safe, DimExcuses.