Archive for July 2009
Went for a splash at the Path this morning. Great fun it was too. Sets were in the overhead range and some of the rides were pretty long. Ran into a couple RealSurfers out in the water as well. How cool is that? I got a few water snaps too. Not in the same league as the mighty DYSH though! What a pic he got at DY today.
After surfin’ I did some mag work and then shot out again to see if I could get a few more pics. Went back to Curly and Dee Why because time was tight. Accumulated a pile of snaps of Curly, and a few of Dee Why. Curly was getting some sizeable sets and, while many of them shut down, there were some folks nailing long, driving walls too. You’d have to enjoy duck diving though.
Around at Dee Why, as has been the case for this swell, it wasn’t as big. The beachy was really shutting down when I was there at around 1600, but a crew were having fun on the sets at the point. Not breaking hard or anything, but the sets were big enough to give ya room for self-expression.
From the MHL data, it looks as though the swell peaked during daylight hours for Sydney. If we follow the pattern that showed up down the coast at Eden, then it looks as though we can expect the average period to drop from around the 11 second mark to something closer to 8 seconds. The average height of the swell at sea should, with any luck, stick around the 2 metre mark through to tomorrow morning. And, again if we’re lucky, there should still be the odd longer period set in the mix for Saturday morning.
But the trend lines are definitely downward and at a fairly rapid clip. So, I’m not too hopeful about the situation for tomorrow afternoon, let alone the rest of the weekend. Mind you, the Goat reckons it looks okay through the day for Saturday, so take my thoughts with a grain of salt.
Have yourself a great Friday evening!
At large, Click! Pics for folk, Don's surfin' pics, surf photography, Surf Reports, Top stories.
Was shooting in an arc that took in most of the middle of the beach. The rig consisted of a Nikon D3 and Nikkor 200-400mm zoom. Deluxe!
If you want a high resolution image (they’re much bigger), then drop me a line via the RealSurf feedback form.
You can view each page of pics full size simply by clicking on any of the thumbnails.
IMPORTANT: Please give me the picture number of the one(s) you want in high res. You can find out the pic number by putting your cursor over the correct thumbnail picture(s). Also, since I have to find time in my day to search out and forward the correct pic or pics to you, I will be much more cheerful if you’ve also made a contribution to my new camera fund via the buy me a drink link (right)! Make sure you mention if you’ve done so (makes me so much quicker!)
There’s a couple of ones out there ay! nah it’s pretty much the same as yesterday, MV is about 3 – 4 foot and closing out.
Big Picture, Dee Why.
Hello Friends,Get out there if you possibly can. Swell is out of the SSE at a couple metres, but most important, it’s packing a 12 sec punch. From the look of the data down the coast, it’s peaking right now (around 0800). Not to worry though as it should stick around all day.
At first light it seemed that pretty much everyone in Dee Why was on it. An impressive number of folk were in the water along the highly productive stretch just north from the club. A goodly pack was on the point as well, but the consistency factor looked to be something of a problem there.
The good thing about long period swell like this one is that it wraps into lots of spots. The less good thing is that it also tends to deliver more shutdowns on open stretches because the lines are so long.
I’m planning to get out and about with a camera again today, so stay tuned for another tranche of piccies later…
Go well with your day!
Sydney Coastal Waters, Broken Bay to Port Hacking and 60nm seawards:
Friday until midnight: Wind: W/SW 15/20 knots, possibly reaching 20/25 knots at times offshore.Sea: 1 to 2 metres, possibly reaching 2 to 2.5 metres offshore.Swell: S 1.5 to 2 metres.
Saturday: Wind: NW/SW 10/20 knots. Sea: 1 to 2 metres. Swell: S 1.5 to 2 metres.
Sunday: Wind: W/SW 5/15 knots, increasing to N/NW 10/20 knots later.
Headhigh meaty swell rolling into pretty much all beaches. Plenty of south in it, so certain spots look better than others
Central Coast, Surf Reports.
Fine, dry and cold on the Central Coast this Friday morning. The swell is smooth and rising at 3 – 4 feet from the southeast. There is light southwest breeze forecast to freshen. Low tide 0925 and high tide around 1615. Local barometer 1011 hpa, 6 degrees C. 92% humidity. Have a good weekend.
Thats all you really need to know to be honest. Its going off. Good size and offshore winds all day. My advice would be that you drop everything that you are doing and get to the beach. I am hoping though (well not really) that you had already planned in advance and so will not be reading this at all but are out there amongst it already. Unlike my mate Alex who is destined for day out west at Parra. Oh I do feel for him – not!!!
Click! Pics for folk, Don's surfin' pics, Top stories.
I went shooting at mid Curly from about 1350 to 1415. The gallery below contains a few of samples of the conditions. I’ll publish all the pictures I took on my personal site very soon.
Conditions were pretty good with a metre and a half of 11 second SSE swell turning into shoulder to head high plus sets along the beach at Curl Curl.
I was stationed in the middle of the beach so that I could get shots across a reasonably wide arc. I was using the professional grade Nikon D3 with a 200-400mm zoom.
Surf Forecast issued Thursday 30 July 2009: Seven day outlook for Sydney
Up, and down, and up and down and up – I think I’m feeling seasick
Friday: in the 1-2 metre range – upper end at places that like refracted South swell.
Saturday: ditto then dropping
Sunday: about 1 metre South
Tuesday: coming up – about 1-2 metres South
Wednesday: 1-2 metre range South
Thursday: small maybe a metre or less, then up from the South.
Friday: in the 1-2 metre range South
Water temp is around 16-17…
Weather from the Bureau
Forecast for Thursday evening
Fine. Light to moderate westerly winds.
Forecast for Friday
Fine. Some morning cloud then mostly sunny afternoon. Light to moderate westerly winds.
Precis: Fine. Morning cloud.
City: Min: 9 Max: 19 Parramatta: Min: 7 Max: 19
Terrey Hills: Min: 8 Max: 18 Penrith: Min: 6 Max: 19
Liverpool: Min: 5 Max: 19 Richmond: Min: 5 Max: 19
UV Alert: Nil , UV Index predicted to reach 2 [Low]
Saturday Fine. Mostly sunny.
City: Min: 8 Max: 19
West: Min: 2 Max: 19
City: Min: 9 Max: 19
West: Min: 4 Max: 19
City: Min: 9 Max: 19
West: Min: 4 Max: 19
City: Min: 11 Max: 18
West: Min: 6 Max: 18
City: Min: 8 Max: 16
West: Min: 3 Max: 16
City: Min: 7 Max: 18
West: Min: 2 Max: 18
Shark attack off Broken Head – from the Northern Star Lismore
Saffron Howden | 30th July 2009
A file picture of a Bronze Whaler.
A 14-year-old surfer was thrown into the air and left with a graze and a punctured wetsuit after a shark made a bee-line for his board this morning near Byron Bay.
The Northern Star understands the local boy, who was surfing off Broken Head, was paddling back out from the shore when he and the shark collided.
The impact caused the boy to fly into the air and his wet suit was swiped and punctured, leaving him grazed.
It is understood his injuries are not severe.
The attack comes as the shark season ramps up in line with the migration of fish they feed on.
“(Shark season) seems to correspond with the run of Australian salmon up the coast,” fisherman and fishing correspondent Tony Zann said.
“The professional industry has virtually stopped fishing for them.”
But Mr Zann said shark attacks could happen at any time.
“At any time of the year if you’re swimming or surfing around a great school of fish your chances of being bitten by a shark are raised astronomically,” he said.
Mr Zann said sharks were particularly active at first and last light.