Archive for July 2009
Shark attack off Broken Head
By Saffron Howden | 30th July 2009
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.
Seems Huey has stirred things up a bit in the past hour.
Had a quick surf at The Point a while ago. Lots of waiting for about one decent wave every 10 minutes. Now it seems to have started to fire a bit. Sets are coming more frequently, tide’s rising and the big ones are overhead and a bit with some hollow ones being had by the brave and adventurous. Wind seems to be behaving better now as well compared to an hour or so ago.
Curl Curl, Dee Why.
Wagged my magazine proofing this morning and grabbed a few snaps, along with a few waves at the point. Only out for an hour, but durning that time the sets seemed to be getting more frequent and juicier. You had to be patient though. According to the latest MHL data, the swell height increased slightly since my first report and the average period has stretched out a touch as well. With luck the period will get a little longer and the consistency will improve too.
There’s a few sick closeout’s coming through Mona, you can really pick up some good speed as your going straight down the face, it’s really nice and warm in the water and i recommend everybody should go surfing out there today! Yeeeeww
At 0830 there’s the rare head-high set at Dee Why but they’re few and far between. About half a dozen SUPs, Skis, BBs and one surfer doing a lot of waiting. Dozen or so out further up the beach. Charts are showing about 1.5m of SE swell at 10 sec — a far cry from the predicted 18 second interval–but it COULD still come. Should be more of the same for the next few days.
Don’t expect anything epic but at least it’s not flat.
Bit of a rise in size, but although the buoys reckon there’s longer period stuf happening, it still looked pretty weak to me. Around chest-high most places
Big Picture, Dee Why.
Good news, we have a little break from the slight to flat conditions. Nothing to get over excited about, but thanks to 10-11 seconds on the power setting, we have a surfable little 1.5 metre SSE swell. Should be a few surf options around this morning as I’d expect the waist to chest high lines will be working into numerous places. One such is Dee Why where both the point and the beach are showing.
The models reckon we should be getting 14-16 sec period energy today, but as things got started, there was no sign of it in the latest MHL data for Sydney. However, down Batemans Bay way the peak period has bounced into the lower end of that range a couple times in the last 12 hours. So, if you’re getting in the water today, don’t be surprised if the odd bomb set turns up amongst the waist to chest high average stuff.
Should be a sunny day with offshores too. Guess I might just get out and about with a camera…
Have yourself a top old day!
Low: 0825, High: 1516
Sydney Coastal Waters, Broken Bay to Port Hacking and 60nm seawards:
Thursday until midnight: Wind: W/NW 10/15 knots, increasing to 15/20 knots in the evening.Sea: to 1 metre, rising to 1 to 2 metres in the evening.Swell: S 1 metre, rising to 1.5 to 2 metres later.
Friday: Wind: W/SW 15/20 knots.Sea: 1 to 2 metres.Swell: S 1 to 2 metres.
Saturday: Wind: NW/SW 15/25 knots.
Central Coast, Surf Reports.
Fine, dry and cool on the Central Coast this Thursday morning. The swell is smooth and small at 1 – 2 feet from the southeast. There is light southwest breeze will be here all day . Low tide 0825 and high tide around 1515. Local barometer 1016 hpa, 4 degrees C. 96% humidity. Have a good one.
Central Coast, Surf Reports.
Fine, dry and cool on the Central Coast this Thursday morning. The swell is smooth and small at 1 – 2 feet from the southeast. There is light southwest breeze forecast to freshen and go northeast later. Low tide 0825 and high tide around 1515. Local barometer 1016 hpa, 4 degrees C. 96% humidity. Have a good one.
Well after a few days in the nations capital anything would look like waves to me. This morning its lovely and clean and very smooth. The banks are not doing too much though with this low tide causing the majority of the small waves to close out. There are still a few that don’t but its not looking that flash to fair. Sets are knee to waist high and a distinct feel of south in them. The bouys confirm this. I would think that you would be better rewarded with a trip to the beaches slightly north of here which would be picking up a bit more size. No prizes for which ones I mean. A great morning to be down the beach with a brillant sunrise and the normal amount of early morning joggers doing their morning workout whilst the boxer’s get amongst it on the grass. So much for winter. Forecast is for light offshores all day and a hopefully building long period south swell. Have a great day.