Saturday, February 10, 2018

Everything Changed Forever.

(above) The Glen Apocalypse now , Photo: Sven Martin  @svenmartinphoto

February 2nd 2018, whether you like it or not... was the day...
 That was always going to happen.
A combination of storm surge and extra high tide and a large swell was the trifecta that straight flushed the pokie machine of weather however there was one missing element. However dramatic the day was with homes flooded across Tasman Bay and the greater west coast of the south island Nelson copped a beating but somehow we managed to escape the day with very little rain.
Had we have had 100mm of rain on top of the trifecta mentioned above the outcome would have been catastrophic.

The Boulder Bank was breached in at least 10 places by set waves and the high tide "brow" of the bank was combed over into the paddocks, sea and in Glenduans case, the houses behind. 
The whole angle of the Boulder Bank was changed. The inside of the hook in the cut has dropped so much that the inside cut surf break and outside cut may become its own little island within a couple of years. Harbourmaster Dave Duncan has sighted and says this is not a maybe..... but a given.

So, before we jump on the climate change bandwagon, lets be honest. 
Nelson hasnt had a  'good' cyclone season since 2004 and the highly ironic thing is we now have a new storm, Cyclone Gita,  threatning to do exactly the same damage, however a smaller tide this looks like a strong large groundswell but this time what we lack in rain shall be made up for with...... (drum roll please ) ......... Rainfall.

(above): Rabbit Island at High Tide looking more like an obstacle course than a beach .

Unfortunately, as a low lying town we have been playing a game of russian roulette with Swell/Tide Combos for a good decade, but with a damaged boulder bank and another approaching storm the reality is that now.... there might be 3 bullets in the chamber instead of one.

Nothing like a nature driven reality check. - Take care out there are and lets surf the shit out of this next swell.


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