I often talk with people that are surprised to hear about how often we are on the water up here in Klitmøller. They almost don’t believe me, when I tell that we are on the water almost every day in the high season. This is what I love about living up here its nonstop action! Off course there are times that are not so good, but when you are also into Slalom/speed, SUP and surfing like I am, there’s almost always action to be found somewhere in the area. Let me take you through what the last week was like up here. That was a pretty average week for this time of year.
This day was a little tricky, there was a lot of wind south of us, actually a storm low-pressure system, but they didn’t predict that much up here. HOWEVER, it turned into a great day, the forecast got it wrong, and it was an absolutely joyfully sideoff session in Middles sailing with 4,2 and my small 68 JP Twinser Quad.
These days were the worst predicted all year, on this day the forecast couldn’t get any better! They called for plenty of wind and massive waves with a great side offshore wind direction for Middles.. I was hyping myself up all morning for a heavy wave session, packing plenty of food so I could last the whole day. But boy, were we disappointed when we arrived. Not anything like they had announced. After a lot of waiting it actually got all right with 2-meter waves and decent down the line conditions. It wasn’t so windy, so after a while windsurfing I decided to go surfing instead. This day reminded me what is was like going to beach 20 years ago with very dodgy weather forecasts that never got it right. Despite this big miss by the weather service, nowadays the forecasts actually almost always gets it’s right.
Waking up in the morning I actually thought, this would be day I would finally have to take the bike out and for a change do some land exercise. But nope, there was a nice swell running in a light offshore breeze cleaning out all the chops and it was a fantastic day for SUP. This is what I absolutely love about this area, the ability to suck in some swell even on days that look hopeless in the forecast!
This wasn’t the most exciting day in Middles, but there were some wind and waves making it for an all right light wind wave session. Any day on the water is a good day! Also Christian and I had fun making some water shots.
This was another day without any wind and not really any waves forecasted either. However there were some waves in the morning, but I was simply to tired to go, day after day on the water had taken a toll on my body. I thought the waves were just “leftovers” from the day before and would quickly be gone anyways. So I decided it would be a resting day and I would get something done in the office. However, by mid day I was surprised to see the waves still rolling in, and since I was feeling pretty powered up again, I went out and took advantage of some clean peeling waves on a beautiful sunny day at my favourite SUP spot in Bunkers.
The wind had swung around to North East, normally a wind direction that provides fine conditions. But this time of year, it also brings cold weather. There’s was plenty of wind for some slalom sailing, but with a temperature of just 3 degrees, I figured I take that long due resting day!
The wind was still in NE and gusting up to 20 M/sec. Perfect for speed sailing down south in the area of Krik. Unfortunately the wind died off just as I got there, but still enough to go on the speed needle with a 6,2. It was only 2 degrees, and this was the coldest session so far.
With the wind forecasted to stay in North East as far forward as you can see it doesn’t look good for improvements for the cold wheather! If it’s stays like this we are going to get the same heavy winter conditions as last year. Bugger! I love those mild winters where the wind stays in the westerly corner, however even with wintery conditions there will be plenty of good surfing and SUP action, where it’s easier to stay warm than with windsurfing. But thoughts are starting to wander towards warmer destinations now!
Thanks to Christian for taking pictures!