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MONITORING UN-USUAL WAVES OFF GOZO'S NORTH COAST & BEYOND

 

The only actionable and immediate defence against freak waves is a word-of-mouth campaign to be shared by all of us.” 

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September 1st, 2019 our boys and a friend were caught up in a series of (un)usual waves off the northern coast of Gozo on an otherwise perfectly calm day. It happened without any warning of the dramatic change that was instantly to happen to the swimming conditions and sea safety levels. Thankfully some quick thinking and action by Daddy meant all reached shore safely.

We know the beast. Its mesmerising beauty but also its dark side and yet we too were caught unawares. Is there a science behind these (un)usual waves? Does the gravitational force of the new moon have anything to do with this?

Together, we will find out.

WE NEED YOUR HELP

We are inviting swimmers and beachgoers to report any (un)usual wave activity, particularly on the Northern Coast of the Maltese Islands. The focal point for our initial observations and monitoring will be the stretch of coast between Ghar Qawqla in Marsalforn and Xwejni Bay, Gozo (both of which locations have seen multiple fatalities over the years in rough seas).

SUBMIT MY WAVE EXPERIENCE

Have you been caught out by or seen an "out of nowhere" wave? Enter your wave details below and send any photos and videos to hello@ripmywave.com

#RIPMYWAVE RECORDS

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SLIEMA SEAFRONT 170912

YOUR WAVE HERE

YOUR WAVE HERE

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QBAJJAR 2015

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Carmen Felice White rocks hekk jigri Jew 11 ta filodu.jew bejn 3.30 u 5 Bahar kalm fdaqqa mewg li gorr kul ma sib SA fejn jitla nies mil ghargur qaluna dik jajdula Meluba

Monica Ghigo Dak li gralna ahna ilu xi 16 years…. it tfal kienu ghadhom zghar u kont bihom il Qbajjar… konna qed nghumu go bahar kristall u t tfal kienu go dingy li jintefah… f daqqa wahda gie mewg kbir li beda jhabbatna mal blat… erfajt liz zghir ta sena u nofs, u tlajna mal blat kif stajna izda bis sahha tal-mewg u peress li tkun imxarba zelaqli minn idi u qasam rasu…. dan kien 16 years ago…. din is sena inzilt u rajt tabella fejn hemm miktub li perikoluz meta jkun hemm mewg kbir.

Tessie Refalo Fejn it torri tax-Xwejni jidhol kurrent qawwi kuljum ghal xi l-hamsa.

Clint Grech I live in gozo in qbajjar and the waves comes every day and is dangerous.

Frances Xuereb Dejjem fl’istess hinijiet jkunu, jigi mewg qawwi b’sahha enormi, sajf u xitwa u kulljum. (Marsalforn)
Rodianne Sultana In-naħħa tat-torri tal-qbajjar ukoll ikun hemm dawk il-kurrenti f’xi ħin mal-ġurnata anke fil-bnazzi.
Marica Newbould Ahna esperjenzajniha ukoll. Ragel u tfal kienu fil bahar kalm car kristali u jien kont fuq l bkat. Il-mewg ma rarhx gej izda jifforma f’daqqa u mewga b sahhtu tal biza. Kif jifqu dawn 3 jew 5 mewgiet jerga jigi kalm u tara dak kollu li jkun qala mil qiegh qies ghaddiet xi maltempata. J’alla ma terseperjanzahiex imma jirnexxilek tara dan il fenomenu ghax ibelhek onestament.

Silvano Saliba dak il mewg dejjem jidhol fl istess hin kuljum. . jidhlu tlett mewgiet kbar u hadd ma jaf min xiex.

Deborah Briffa Jin u ommi hekk gralna ukoll hemm flistess post kien kalm f daqqa wahda tqalleb u ma stajna nitilaw bxejn gejna kolla grif

Elaine Jane Borg vera bil vapuri kbar jigri dak..sena ilu kont se nereq pembroke u kelli tifla ta 7 dsk iz zmien..irnexxili nahtaf tifla u nitla nigri ghax spiccajt fil qiegh..tal biza..bommi tibki u twerzaq..

Angie Nastri I experienced it more than once ! It can be really dangerous if you are not aware!

Yvette Genovese Ix Xghajra jigri l istess pero nafu fic cert li jigi kkawzat bil kurrent li jhalli l catamaran. Il problema hi wahda pero, li min ikun jaf biha jitla l fuq il hin li narawh diehel fil port. Min ma jkunx jaf jista jsib ruhu f bahar qawwi li facilment jista jhabbtek mal blat

Yvette Genovese Ix Xghajra jigri l istess pero nafu fic cert li jigi kkawzat bil kurrent li jhalli l catamaran. Il problema hi wahda pero, li min ikun jaf biha jitla l fuq il hin li narawh diehel fil port. Min ma jkunx jaf jista jsib ruhu f bahar qawwi li facilment jista jhabbtek mal blat.

Mary Rose Newbould Jiena esperjensajta dijn kont ha nereq jien bil qeda fuq il blat kont kien calm u sabieh fdaqa wahda git mewga li kaxkitni u sibt ruhi fil bahar jien nodos ma nafx nifsi maqtuh taht l ilma alla kien mieghikien se jhabatni mal blat ghamel 3 mewgiet kbar u rega ikalma dan kien il qbajjar meta tkelimt ma xi nies qaluli ghawn bil hijn fnosihnar u fil 5 il bahar hekk jamel u it tiefel u it tiefel tat tiefel li kellu 5 snien ukoll kienu ha jerqu tal bizza esperjanza kerra hafna

Angie Nastri Ingrid Bolger believe me i experienced it more than once ! It can be really dangerous if you are not aware!

As I looked towards the small lagoon it disappeared from my view in a tumbling mass of bubbles and phosphorescence.

In the space of 5 seconds the water changed from being wonderfully calm and clear fun to becoming like the white water of steep river rapids. I felt the rolling and increasing force of strong waves and immediately said to the three boys that we needed to get out, now.

HOW TO STAY SAFE

Take time to spread the word on wave awareness. Wear good goggles. Take buoyancy aids and noodles. Learn the meaning of beach flags. Seek out local knowledge where there are no manned beach posts. Above all, have fun, be safe and of course, enjoy your swimming. Take time to share your own experiences, those of others, and videos of freaky waves you’ve encountered. Use your social media channels, groups and write to us. Submit your Wave. The more experiences we share, the more knowledge we will build and the more lives we can save.

With the onset of Autumn be extra vigilant at sea particularly at the hot spots of Ghajn Tuffieha and Golden Bay (mainland Malta), Ramla Bay, Xwejni Bay, Qbajjar Bay and Ghar Qawqla (Gozo), but not only. Do not underestimate the force of the waves and the hidden undertow beneath the surface. Survey the coast for a safe and easy way to come back ashore before entering the water.

 
Disclaimer: #ripmywave is designed to gather and share information. It is not a source of safety advice. For such advice please speak to your local coastguard or life-saving groups.

BECOME A #RIPMYWAVE PARTNER

#ripmywave is looking for partners to implement a wave monitoring programme starting Spring 2020. Please contact us at hello@ripmywave.com for further details. Thank you.

Together we can rip this!

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