Every now and then the weather is just too bad for surfing the usual breaks and you have to find a sheltered bay and just ride it out. Sometimes these storm days are the most fun.
With high winds, heavy rain, very unsettled weather and a big swell this weekend, surfing Rhossilli or Llangenith just wasn’t an option.
So we headed to Caswell Bay during a lull in the storm to surf the steep powerful waves coming in. It was short boards and bodyboards only, with fast suicide drops into these steep closing out waves.
I was joined by Sharon, Fin and our trusty waterproof Nikon S33 camera.
No Molly this time as dogs are still not allowed on Caswell Beach until the end of the month. For full details on the Swansea and Gower Summer dog bans click here.
It was a really wet afternoon, but rain doesn’t really matter when you are surfing, and we had plenty of sunny spells.
It was more a day for the bodyboard, but the short board drops were serious fun, even though most drops turned into wipeouts.
Fin was taking the bodyboard all the way to the shore in the powerful white water.
The storm force waves really teach young surfers about the power of the waves. It is great to see someone concentrating on the conditions and learning a lot.
I like to pass the baton down to the next generation of Wild West Wales Surfers.
I love that sharing of the enjoyment of just being in the sea and the infectious fun of surfing. The best surfer in the water is the one having the most fun.
These powerful waves were small but really good fun.
The waves were impressive in shape as the walls rose up.
We really enjoyed and it was a great way to spend a rainy Saturday afternoon.
I never regret getting in the water no matter what the conditions. Hopefully I will get in a lot more as Surftember turns into October, DimExcuses.