Forget annoying ankle-busters (waves too small to ride). Ten minutes into the new year (PDT), the Moon, on her way to fullness, enters the sign of her dignity, the watery, emotionally-changeable realm of Cancer, where she’s holding court January 1st – 2nd at a beach near you. Are you ready for spectacular?
‘Dude, she’s gonna churn epic waves because she’s SUPER full, way close to Earth. It’s gonna be so rad out there. I’ve been studying up and this Moon is one complex chic. The impact zone (where waves break hardest) can change from hour to hour, breaking left for a while, breaking right a bit later. Off-shore winds this morning could be on-shore by afternoon. It could get a little gnarly (unpleasant) out there. You’re not thinking of bailing (jumping off your board to avoid a bad encounter), are you, bro?
I hear you, man. If you’re feeling clucked (scared of waves), I totally get wanting to ride it out on the couch. I’m definitely not down for dawn patrol (surfing first thing in the a.m.). With the Lady lined up opposite Saturn (2:26am PDT), I don’t think I can hack seeing Noah (a shark) so early in the year. Let the quimbies (beginner surfers) and spongers (bodyboarders) have the beach all morning. I might check out the green room (inside the barrel of the wave) after lunch. It should be pumping (decent surf) by then.
Problem is, all the other dudes are probably thinking the same thing. Venus is opposing Saturn mid-afternoon and competition in the section (where surfers wait for their turn to advance) for the good sets (series of waves) will be fierce. Don’t get me started about localism (hostility by locals towards non-locals), man. Namers (surfers who share secret spots with others) have ruined the place. I’m not into charging (going for a wave aggressively) or cutting off (stealing a wave from someone closer to it) or party waves (a wave several people surf at once) BUT you’ve got to admit, it’s lame when you’re the frube (surfer who didn’t catch a single wave) on New Year’s Day.
Now that I’m talking this through, bro, the real action may not start ’til twilight. By then, the bennies (non-locals) will be gone. The Lady will be totally full (6:24pm PDT), throwing decent light and making heavy (big, awesome waves). By 7pm PDT, Neptune and the Lady will be getting real friendly (trine) and the swell should be dope. Of course, we won’t be able to see much, including men in grey suits (sharks), but I’ve got these new L.E.D. lights, so at least we can see each other and they can see us from shore. It’s not for groms (inexperienced surfers) especially if we’re thrown into the soup (inside the foam/white water), but we’ll really feel the juice (wave’s power) and it’ll look like we’re UFOs tripping on the waves.
Are you in, dude?
Anyway, Tuesday some weird shit is moving in. Even if the swell looks amazing, the Lady is opposing Pluto before dawn and things could get out of control. A lot of hidden shit could get churned up and I wouldn’t want to get locked in (caught inside a crashing wave). Plus, Uranus stations direct and I heard the Lady isn’t happy about a change agent showing up and throwing his weight around. (Moon square Uranus). At that point, I’d just try to keep the Lady happy, you know? My guess is by afternoon things’ll get all mushburger (non-surfable waves without energy) (void of course Moon). That’s when I’m planning to hit the couch and hang loose (relax).
Anything new on Netflix, dude?’
Thanks to Wave Tribe for their glossary of surfing slang.
Gogo wishes everyone a Happy New Year. Keep on surfing!