I have mixed emotions about the passing of Summer, for on the one hand the temperature is dropping, the days are shortening and while it is sunny at the moment, the rain and wind is probably just around the corner. That said, there is something comforting about the transition from Summer into Autumn, which is probably instinctive and related to the notion of preparing for Winter. Plus the tourists have pretty much all departed, that alone is something to be thankful for.
Also, the Autumn swells should beginning to hit us any time now, beyond that there should be surf throughout the Winter months. This year I am going to make the most of it. For a start it's time to invest in some new Winter surf essentials, by that I mean a new suit, boots, gloves and even a new hat. And while I have no interest in chasing storm surf, or going out in ugly grey slabs, I have every faith in there being enough cold, crisp, smaller days to keep the stoke up through the cold, dark months of Winter.
I might change my mind once we've had a few weeks of it, but right now I am welcoming the onset of the Autumn, the evenings remain light enough to get out and about, biking, surfing, or simply enjoying the incredibly fresh air and amazing sunsets that this time of year yields. Then in a few weeks time, it'll be a case of wrapping up warm, getting the sunshine and waves when I can, but making the most out of it is probably what it will be all about. That said, if it gets too much I can always get a cheap flight and escape to somewhere hot for a few days. There's always an option to escape.