Back in the days, I mean: way back in the days. Not that far back when a Volkswagen T2 was just a constantly rusting “Bus” with a badly designed engine that you used to travel (but never without carrying a well sorted tool box with you). But far enough back when you still had to put a film into your camera to take photos and for calling a friend you had to enter a telephone box and for a swell forecast you had to listen to the radio and compare their predictions with your experience to translate the sea weather forecast into wind speeds and wave heights at your destination.
Back then we had no clue about the North Sea. At least most of us had no clue. We went on the trip north as soon as the radio promised westerly winds with at least 6 Beaufort and drove to southern or the northern jetty and surfed wind swell that was put into some primitive sort of order by the jetties while the stone dams gave some protection from the onshores. With luck there was a hint of south or north in the wind direction and the resulting marginal cleaner surf was considered the best it could get in the North Sea. Days like these were considered good to epic surfing days.
And when, by coincidence we scored a day with waves and no wind we thought this was a rare anomality comparable to winning in a lottery without having bought a lot. Nowadays we know better and I only make the four to five hours trip north when the is a stable period of westerly swell in combination with easterly winds. This wasn´t exactly what was forecasted for the weekend of October 13th and 14th. Instead strong southerly winds were predicted which should bring very unusually warm weather in combination with sunshine and a fairly solid south swell.