As of mid-June, the tropics remained fairly quiet, but water temps had begun their inevitable climb and that warm water tends to feed low pressure systems that want to spin. Point being: July July come she must, let’s just hope she’s not a bust. No, as Bahamians and East Coasters know too well, July is not the month to plan a surf trip to destinations in this part of the North Atlantic. Somehow we’ve made it through three named storms already this hurricane season, but any swell rewards have been minimal with Tropical Storm Colin sending minimal action through the archipelago. Bottom line, July will yield small wind swell at exposed breaks, nothing worth sending a postcard home about (does anyone do that anymore?), but enough to keep those paddle arms paddling and board shorts wet. Small ground swell will also appear from time to time, especially at islands, like Eleuthera, that have good exposure to deep water and multiple points of the compass. Leave those lobsters in their holes until August 1. The season is there for a reason. See you at Bay Fest in Hatchet Bay at the end of this month, and until next time enjoy our wild Bahamas!