Late arvo update: pretty ordinary again

Posted by: on February 14th, 2009
Couple hundred metres up the beach from the stormwater pipe at Collaroy.

Couple hundred metres up the beach from the stormwater pipe at Collaroy.

Hello Friends,

Got out and about between about 1600-1700 to see if I could grab a few snaps for the Saturday evening visitors. Conditions, as you can see, are still pretty ghastly. But that hasn’t put folks off. About the most intense looking wave I saw was the one above. It was grinding into a shallow bank up the beach from Collaroy SLSC. About four bodyboarders on it too.

Gee, you needed to be keen late this afternoon.

Gee, you needed to be keen late this afternoon.

Collaroy proper was not looking too fabo. The 15-20 kts of SE wind was chewing it up pretty badly and though the windswell is now just about east and a couple metres at sea, the period has slipped below the 8 second mark, so utter gutlessness is pretty much the story.

Around the corner at Long Reef there was really nothing worth taking a snap of. Surprisingly small (guess it’s the east direction) and windblown junk making for an unsummery scene sadly.

1630: Dee Why looking just sort of rideable. Long waits, rain, wind, etc.

1630: Dee Why looking just sort of rideable. Long waits, rain, wind, etc.

Dee Why was only slightly better. You could at least surf there and a few bods were having a crack at the point as a small flotilla of traditional surf rescue raced out and back from the beach. The intermittent showers and wind have churned the ocean into a soupy mess. Blergh.

Realistic rescue conditions for these vintage boat enthusiasts.

Realistic rescue conditions for these vintage boat enthusiasts.


Here’s the latest marine forecast for Sydney from the Bureau:

Saturday until midnight: Wind: E/SE 15/20 knots reaching 20/25 knots at times. Sea: 1.5 to 2.5 metres. Swell: E/SE 2 to 2.5 metres.
Sunday: Wind: E/SE 15/25 knots increasing to 20/30 knots later.Sea: 1.5 to 2.5 metres rising to 2 to 3 metres later. Swell: E/NE 2 to 2.5 metres.
Monday: Wind: SE 25/33 knots.
Tuesday: Wind: E/SE 25/33 knots.
Oh, and there’ll be rain periods through the next three days…

Am I full of it? Was it in fact really fun? Why not use the comments field below to tell your valentine’s day surf story…

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