Monday, February 20, 2012

Figure out Nave

This was forecast to have the best surf of the whole trip, so an early start.
The previous session on Saturday had enough current to push me out of position by the time the next set arrived. So I urgently needed to work out a method of staying in the right place way out here.
Paddle out until you are where you want to be in relation to the breaking wave.
Look straight down into the water and note the pattern on the bottom, especially the bright white blotches (could be quartz).
Stay on top of that pattern for as long as it takes for the next wave the right shape and size to come through.

Next: 2012/02/heavy-rain-2-sessions

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Meet the Kalabay kids

Discovered that there is a seabreeze effect in the area that adds to the north east to east trade wind. A slow start getting into the surf at Temotu Lite was almost the cause of missing the best surfing of the day. Wind came up at 11am and chopped the left up. The current in the bay also built and I learnt a lot about when to surf the bay.

Walked out to the beach at Nave and picked up a crew along the way.

Next: 2012/03/figure-out-nave.html

Saturday, February 18, 2012

1st surf at Kalabay

Flight in to Lata Airstrip from Honiara then a three hour "canoe" (see picture) trip east to Kalabay (Carlisle Bay).
Contact at Lata was Walter Talva and at Kalabay it was his uncle, Gabriel Tavakie

Afternoon surf at a spot I later found out was called Nave. The combination of the direction of the swell and the incoming tide meant that movement away from the break was a problem.
I quickly found out that the best surf forecast for the area is WindFinder

Next: 2012/02/meet-kalabay-kids

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Preparation for the Trip

Here are a bunch of links that I thought may be needed for the visit to Temotu Province.
I place them on a page on my other blog and make an easy shortcut to the page in case I have to refer to it from an internet cafe along the way:

North Pacific wave height
and period
and note the following:

From Surfline
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Ignore the southern swell in these forecasts:

Surfline Text forecast

Language - Äiwoo or Ayiwo (ISO 639-3: nfl)
Vocabulary with links to other language resources:
OLAC resources for this language

Next: 2012/02/village-of-kalabay.html


There are a lot of things that can go wrong travelling, there are more things that can go wrong travelling to surf.
Feel free to contact the contributors for more information before setting out to do a trip to here or similar areas. Get information and remember that you, and only you, are responsible for what happens to you.