Dramatic drop but fun to be had

Posted by: on May 16th, 2010

Hello Friends,

midday update:
Shot for a short time at both Dee Why beach and Mona Vale this morning. Sets still reasonable size (overhead a bit) but the banks at both places were less than perfect. And the swell direction as well as the surface conditions were pretty marginal at Mona Vale in particular. I’ll post a couple galleries anyway. The way I figure it, I may have taken the best picture of one of the surfers they’ve ever had – conditions not withstanding! Here are couple samples…



Yesterday at this time the swell was 4-6 metres at sea and the period was 11 to 14 seconds. This morning you can almost cut those height numbers in half. Fortunately while the period has pulled back as well, it’s still a useful 9 to 10 seconds. If Dee Why’s any guide, it will be densely crowded wherever the sse swell is getting in across Sydney. Waves look to be a fun chest to head high on the bigger sets and ahead of the southerly, conditions were quite smooth.

Outlook is for the swell to fade steadily and for things to be back to smallish by tomorrow. But not, I hasten to add, micro. The latest run of the models is showing Tuesday as tiny day for the coming week and, the good news is that the long range projections are showing another sizable pulse developing Fri-Sat.

I should have a gallery of pics from Dee Why point yesterday morning up later today, followed by another from the Bower later. Plus I’ll try to grab a few more shots from today…

TIDES: H @0950, L @1520
Sydney Coastal Waters, Broken Bay to Port Hacking and 60nm seawards:
Sunday until midnight: Wind: Southerly 10 to 15 knots.Sea: to 1 metre. Swell: South to southeasterly about 2 metres.
Monday: Wind: South to southeasterly 5 to 10 knots.Sea: less than 1 metre. Swell: South to southeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Tuesday: Wind: Southerly 5 to 15 knots.

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