Hi everyone, this weekend should gift us some nice waves in Dadonghai. Saturday looks to have a 0.8 meter south swell, building to a solid 1.2 meters by Sunday, and holding out until Tuesday of next week. The wind will be blowing onshore all weekend, so be sure to get out early for the cleanest waves of the day and to avoid the crowds. Let’s hope the forecast holds and we can enjoy some waves outside our doorstep this weekend. Picture of Sunday’s swell below.
Today we went to Houhai for a change, hoping there would be some rideable waves in spite of the small swell this week. At first glance Houhai looked flat but the wonderful thing about Houhai is that the bay is enormous, and sure enough, on the south side of the bay we found clean little longboard waves. The swell is at half a meter tomorrow but will be a meter plus from Friday through the weekend. Today we were joined by Steve and Sigrid from Austria and Gary from Korea. There’s a nice sequence from today’s lesson below.
Sanya welcomed me back with a surf party right outside the shop.The summer has definitely started and it is nice to be back, everyone went out and we all had a great night together. And here you can see the proves:
Last week there were waves in DDH, not really big but definitely fun. All the surfers in Sanya came out to surf in DDH to welcome the summer. We all look forward to having more surf in DDH in the near future.
This is going to be a disjointed blog of a few details from the month so far. April has been a transitional month. We’ve had the first waves from the south in over five months but it looks to be a few more weeks before we start seeing consistent surf in Dadonghai. In the last few days the rain has started to come down in sudden downpours that last anywhere from five minutes to an hour. The weather and water is heating up and we can now surf comfortably in Riyuewan without a suit or a neoprene rashguard. Last night I was biking home in the middle of a downpour and when the headlights of cars passed me I could see steam rising off the asphalt.
Last week I was out on a night paddle and making my way back the shop. I was blanking out staring at the reflection of Dadonghai’s neon swirling in the ocean water when a winged insect landed on my arm. It was about the length of a fingernail and it had a double set of wings. I brushed it off and kept going. When I got back to the shop and set the board and paddle down I saw that there were swarms of them flying in the night air. They flew to our shops flourescent lights by the dozen. These insects were the same as the one that hit me out on the water but about twice the size. Within a few minutes most of the insects began to lose steam and alight on the ground, waiting to get picked off by the gecko lurking behind the water tank. They were all dead by the end of the night. By the next day there was no trace of them because they were all eaten by bigger night creatures.
Oh yeah, Alien Dog (see September 2010) has puppies now. Alien Dog knows how to care for her litter. The puppies are staying dry under an abandoned bus and getting huge.
The wind has turned onshore this month but I still picked off a few waves at Riyuewan. Thanks to Quinn for this pic.
A snake on the road found on the way to Dadonghai. Really nice patterning on this one, not sure what it is.
The first waves of the season in Dadonghai!
Shop gecko taking down unidentified winged insects.
This local guy just a Koi fish on each arm…
…and this mermaid tat.
Underneath this abadnoned bus there’s a something cool…
Looks like last week I missed the first south swell of the year. I can’t wait for some summer waves at Dadonghai, just around the corner from the shop. Moyu sent me some old pictures he randomly found on a photo contest in a Chinese website of me surfing tiny waves in Dadonghai. When you like surfing everything becomes surfable. Check them out:
I went on holidays to Denmark to visit Martin. I had a great time up there, I almost went surfing into the cold Nordic Sea but the wind was too strong and the messy waves didn’t inspire me to get in a winter wetsuit, I knew I would be back to the warm water soon.
There will be small waves on the east coast this weekend and flat water in Sanya and the south-facing regions of the island. This weekend’s swell height is increasing from one meter on Saturday to 1.2 meters by Sunday. The wind will be blowing steadily onshore this weekend, lightest in the morning and evening and strongest in the mid-day through the late afternoon. Look for small knee to waist high waves on the beachbreaks. The photo of Sunday’s wave forecast is below.
Today was a day of extremes. We arrived at Riyuewan at high tide with strong lines of whitewater rolling onto the beach, which made the lessons challenging and gave the students an incredible workout. We ended the day at low tide with mellow little waves rolling in, which I’m sure the students appreciated since they were already tired from the morning session. Everyone did quite well especially considering how much energy we all spent in the ocean today.
Today’s swell was about 2 to 2.5 meters with waist to head high waves in the morning, dropping to knee to waist high waves by the late afternoon. The wind was blowing onshore for the entire day, making for choppy conditions.