[dropcap]I[/dropcap]f the cooling trend, that began in mid-January, keeps up in March expect water temps to be about as cool as they get for the Bahamas. For spots like the Abaco cays and Eleuthera – more northern islands – that means water temps hovering around the 70 degree mark. Brrrrr! But honestly it’s handled with a decent rashguard or wetsuit top and maybe some extra paddling to stay warm. All those cold fronts also mean lots of swell rolling onto the reefs and sandbars around many of our 700 islands. The first two weeks of February featured northwesterly winds – a cool, frontal wind – which blow offshore at some breaks, but blow out the waves at many others. This month be prepared for similar conditions, but also as the days pass, warming air and water temps. Swells arrive from the north and northeast and can range from knee-high to well overhead!
Looking ahead to the warm months of summer, it’s not too early to get registered for the June 6 Pineappleman Sprint Triathlon, held in Gregory Town, Eleuthera. Register on active.com or email yours truly for details. Also Bahamas Out Island Adventures is now accepting sign-ups for its tenth annual summer surf camp. Three weeks of camp are being offered beginning June 22. Visit our website for more information.