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Weekend windup Jul 10 In Byron Bay Today

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Welcome to . It was a bit of a wintery, wild and woolly old week in Byron town. We started off well enough, with glorious weather early in the week, warm with gentle offshore breezes. But by mid week it quickly degraded into windy, wet and cold in the bay. All that blustering and yet we didn’t begin to see any real swell until late Thursday. Now if there was a theme for this week, it would have to be the story of the grossly unprepared surfing population, both residents and visitors alike. People just don’t expect it to get this cold this far north, and so there was much grumbling from the majority about not having enough rubber. Some folks were turning blue in boardies and vests. The crew have been spinning out about how cold it’s been, but how soon we forget. We go through this every year in the bay. It can and does get cold here. In fact if you live here you need more variations of wetsuits than further south. Down the coast you get good thick and warm rubber. It does you all winter spring and autumn. But in Byron, well you need a bit of everything, lighter rubber for the warmer days. slightly heavier for the cold and windy days, and an array of differing thickness vests for spring and autumn. Although the water’s warmer, the wind and air temperature can vary quite radically in winter. So when you drive into town pack enough rubber to make a choice. Because in winter it can be summery like warm one minute, and downright bloody cold the next, .
To all those fantastic folks who chose to pose, we’d just like to say. Thank you for being here with us.