Had a look at Collaroy and Whiterock as well as Dee Why this morning and can report that the south swell has just too brief a period to really get around into the corners. The swell went south before daybreak and by 0830 had ramped up to three metres at sea, but the period is just 7-8 seconds. And that means sets at semi-surfable spots were struggling to get much above the waist high range. If you don’t mind hunting waves in the teeth of a fierce onshore, you could get some bigger faces. However, I didn’t see anyone trying!
Outlook is for the wind to abate during the day and as it does so, I’d expect the swell to subside along with it. From the look of the models, it should hit a peak around midday.
Keeping it brief because I’m getting into we love waves conference mode now and there are lots of little chores to do ahead of the event. If you’d like to come along, you can register at the door. However, we’re really hoping most people will use the online rego instead. Catchya later!
A cold front will move north along the coast today, with a fresh to strong southerly change spreading throughout. A high will move to the west Tasman Sea in the wake of the front. Another cold front is expected to pass Tasmania on Saturday. High pressure will then build over the southern Tasman Sea and become semi-stationary, with a ridge extending to the north coast of New South Wales through the week.
Forecast for Friday until midnight
Winds: Southerly 25 to 30 knots decreasing to 20 to 25 knots during the afternoon then decreasing to 15 to 20 knots later in the evening. Seas: 2 metres increasing to 3 metres during the morning. Swell: Easterly 1 metre. Isolated thunderstorms this morning, mainly offshore.
Forecast for Saturday
Winds: South to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots tending east to southeasterly up to 10 knots during the afternoon then tending northeasterly later in the evening. Seas: Up to 1.5 metres. Swell: Southeasterly about 1.5 metres.
Forecast for Sunday
Winds: Easterly and light tending east to northeasterly up to 15 knots during the afternoon. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: Southeasterly about 1 metre.