Archive for February 2011
Cloudy, grey and the first of a couple warm days for Sydney. Alas, the wave situation has not improved since yesterday. The metre or so of 9 second period SSE swell is producing knee to waist high sets at exposed spots such as North Curly. There were a few bods in the water and the wind was not a factor for the early, but the swell is quite inconsistent, so waiting around is the order of the morning.
Looking at this morning’s run of the forecast models reveals that the super computers are still showing short odds for a boost to energy levels on Wednesday There could be some 3 metre south swell with a useful 9-10sec period, but the wind is set to be onshore all day according to the Bureau. Protected south corners look to be the best bet at this stage.
Although the Wednesday pulse is expected to fade quickly, I’m hoping it won’t come back to the micro conditions of today (and tomorrow probably).
As always, we shall see…
Go well with your Monday!
TIDES: H @0600, L @1300
A high pressure system north of New Zealand extends a ridge to southern Queensland, while another ridge lies over Bass Strait. Between these systems, a broad trough of low pressure lies across southern and central parts of the New South Wales coast. A southerly change is expected to push the trough north during Tuesday, with a ridge building across the south. This pattern then looks set to remain relatively unchanged through to the end of the week, when another high strengthens from the west and the next significant southerly change affects the region.
Forecast for Monday until midnight
Winds: East to southeasterly 5 to 10 knots tending east to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots around midday. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: Easterly 1 metre tending southeasterly later. The chance of thunderstorms.
Forecast for Tuesday
Winds: Southwesterly 5 to 10 knots tending southerly up to 25 knots during the afternoon then tending south to southeasterly 20 to 30 knots by early evening. Seas: Below 1 metre increasing to 2 metres by early evening. Swell: Southerly about 1 metre tending easterly 1 metre late in the evening. The chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening.
Forecast for Wednesday
Winds: South to southeasterly 10 to 20 knots tending east to southeasterly about 10 knots during the afternoon then tending east to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots during the evening. Seas: Up to 2 metres decreasing to below 1 metre during the evening. Swell: Easterly 2 metres tending southerly about 2 metres from the morning.
The forecast may have been for very light north easterlies, but Huey another plan in mind, in Byron Bay today. By 9.am the wind has swung to a straight northerly and was already pushing around twenty knots. From that point nothing really changed all day. At times it got a little stronger, other times a little lighter, but there was zero sign of that northerly backing off in the bay. In fact the weather was looking a lot more like we are about to enter spring than drift in autumn in the next few days. The waves, well there’s still some swell which is just as well, but it’s pretty windswept and lumpy no matter which side of the cape you looked. Of course Byron being Byron that didn’t deter anyone, the crew was still out in force. Paddling into a few lumpy lines and just making the most of what was on offer, which is just the way we do things here, In Byron Bay Today.
Hazy sort of start to what is expected to be a warm Sunday. Swell continues its long, slow fade. It was glassy around 0800 this morning and every now and then a knee to waist high line would come in. There were a few people in the water as you might expect under the circumstances. The swell’s out of the SE now and averaging around a metre at sea. The primary period is 9 seconds but the MHL data shows some 11 second component in the mix.
You’ll want something rather buoyant today and it never hurts to paddle out with a relaxed attitude.
Outlook for the coming week isn’t too exciting, but the models are showing the possibility of a brief south pulse arriving on Wednesday. The Bureau says it’ll be a cloudy, showery day with east to SE onshores of around 15 kts. Thursday is set to be cloudy as well, but the winds are supposed to decrease so perhaps we’ll get something at south spots before the pulse fades.
I’m off to the city soon to join Simon Marnie and Rob Brander (aka Dr Rip) for a bit of surfy chat from around 1000 on ABC 702 on the AM band.
Have yourself a great Sunday!
TIDES: L @1200, H @1800
A high pressure system over the southern Tasman Sea is moving east maintaining a ridge to New South Wales far north coast. A cold front will move across the southern Tasman Sea today bringing a weak southerly change to the southern half of the coast. Stronger southerly change id expected to move along NSW coast on Tuesday as another cold front crosses the southern Tasman Sea.
Forecast for Sunday until midnight
Winds: Northerly 10 to 20 knots tending northwest ahead of a southerly change 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon. Seas: Up to 1.5 metres. Swell: Easterly 1 metre.
Forecast for Monday
Winds: East to southeasterly 5 to 10 knots tending east to northeasterly around midday. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: Northeasterly 1 metre. The chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening.
Forecast for Tuesday
Winds: Light winds tending westerly up to 10 knots during the morning ahead of a south to southwesterly change up to 15 knots during the afternoon. Winds tending southeasterly 15 to 20 knots during the evening. Seas: Below 1 metre increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the evening. Swell: Northeasterly 1 metre. The chance of thunderstorms offshore from midday.
Curly’s got it’s groove back!
Compared to yesterday where you were lucky to make even one turn, it was positively going off at Curly this morning. And boy were the punters happy. A couple of the banks were firing (finally) and showed their true effect when the sets rolled through. Occassionally it was head-high (OK – it was one set wave!) but for the most part hovered between waist to chest high. The big difference over yesterday was the fact walls were stronger and well-formed so it was possible to dial in a few turns and enjoy a relatively longish ride.
With their monthly comp on this morning, The North Curly Longboarders was in pretty high spirits as a result. I was down at Curly between 7-9am so if you would like to check out the shots you can see them here: http://www.wozthatyou.com/portfolio157938.html
I haven’t written a post for awhile so thought I’d take the opportunity to bring you up to speed on a few new developments at wozthatyou.com. First of all, I’ve introduced a new gallery called surf~Art which features more general beach/surf inspired subjects mounted on canvas. So if you’re looking for some new art to hang on your walls please have a look – http://www.wozthatyou.com/portfolio152800.html
Secondly, I’ve expanded my repetoire to now include wedding, family and corporate event photography – weddings, parties anything really so if their is a wedding in your family’s future, you need some shots of your family or your company’s having a big staff event visit http://www.wozthatyou.com/lifestyle to find out more.
Cheers and have a great week,
The swell has finally left us. Long Reef is 1 -2 foot knee high. Its fairly still but there was a puff of southerly now and then. Very grey and dull just like the surf. Surf Photos of You.
Surfrider Foundation, Top stories.
National Geographic Adventurer of the Year 2010
Wednesday 2nd March,
7:45pm North Narrabeen SLSC
Roz Savage, British Ocean Rower and Environmental Campaigner, is bidding to row solo across the Indian Ocean. Roz will launch from Fremantle 5th of April and row 5,000 nautical miles on to the west coast of India, aiming to land in Mumbai in Sept/Aug this year.
Roz is the first woman to row solo across the Pacific Ocean. Coupled with her solo row across the Atlantic, she has rowed 11,000 miles to date, taken over 3.5 million oarstrokes and has spent nearly a full year solo at sea. She was recently awarded National Geographic Adventurer of the Year 2010.
Next Wednesday 2nd March Surfrider Northern Beaches will host an evening with Roz where you can hear her stories and see images from her previous expeditions, hear about the impending Indian Ocean voyage and why she is rowing towards a greener future.
The evening is free, however donations can be made to support Roz’s Indian Ocean voyage and Surfrider Northern Beaches.
For more info on Surfrider Northern Beaches, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Branch President, Brendan Donohoe 0422 900 501.
We’d be hard pressed to find anyone complaining about the waves we’ve been blessed with over the last seven days in Byron Bay. It may not have been everyone’s cup of chai, but Huey sure had most of the crew on a high. We scored decent breach breaks over the duration of last weekend and the bay fired up early in the week only to get better as each pay passed away. There were barrels on offer all over the place plus some sweet little logger lines not to mention a few funky beachies for the more adrenaline junkie inclined. There’s simply no debating that only the way too fussy are still waiting, but the rest of us scored as the bay of plenty dished up many bright moments this week, In Byron Bay Today.
Curl Curl, Don's surfin' pics, Top stories.
A not quite faded south swell was still producing the odd lump of interest for a large crew scattered the length of Curl Curl beach. I grabbed the camera to see if I could find any snap-worthy moments as I started walking from the north end toward the middle of the beach. I did get a few pictures, but because the hit rate was pretty low, I decided to wrap things up after half an hour or so. If you were in the water then, you might want to have a look at the gallery (click the picture below), to see if I got any of your waves…
I was happily surprised to discover that my estimate for surf conditions this morning turned out to be incorrect. Although it’s only a metre out at sea, the period of the south swell we’ve had for the last few days has improved to almost 11 seconds. As a consequence anywhere with south exposure was picking up waist to shoulder high waves at first light. The models are pointing to a gradual decline in the energy levels through the day and by tomorrow the predictions are pointing to much shorter periods – and therefore near flat conditions.
The wind was not a factor early, but as the day goes along it’ll pick up from the north east and be pushing along at summer standard 15-20 kts this afternoon.
So, it looks like you should make a move earlier rather than later if you mean to get wet today. The outlook is for a run of small to flat days with a possible junky pulse mid week.
Gotta do the radio thing now!
TIDES: L @0930 H @1520
A slow-moving high south of the Bight extends a ridge along the New South Wales coast. On Saturday the high is forecast to move across the Tasman Sea, while a broad trough approaches western New South Wales. This trough appears likely to bring a southerly change to southern half of the coast later on Sunday. The next major southerly change is likely to affect most of the coast in Tuesday.
Forecast for Saturday until midnight
Winds: Northeasterly 10 to 15 knots increasing to 15 to 20 knots during the afternoon. Seas: Below 1 metre increasing to 1.5 metres by early evening. Swell: Southeasterly 1 metre.
Forecast for Sunday
Winds: Northerly 10 to 20 knots tending west to northwesterly up to 15 knots during the morning ahead of a southwesterly change up to 10 knots in the afternoon. Winds tending northeast to southeasterly up to 10 knots in the evening. Seas: Up to 2 metres decreasing to below 1 metre around midday. Swell: Easterly 1 metre tending northeasterly in the afternoon and evening.
Forecast for Monday
Winds: East to southeasterly about 10 knots tending east to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: Northeasterly 1 metre. The chance of thunderstorms from midday.
At large, Curl Curl.
Went for a paddle at Dee Why point just before lunch. It was marginal to say the least but it’s so nice to be in the water at the moment. After getting out, I trundled over the hill to have a look at the mighty Curly. Shoulda gone out there I guess. Oh well. It wasn’t dramatically bigger, but the sets were producing the odd chest high face so it was better than most of what came through at the point. Plus, whilst busy enough, it was far from weekend crowd intensity given the smooth surface conditions and approachable little peaks around the place. I hope I’m not being a starry-eyed optimist, but I could swear there were a few more take-off zones than we’ve seen there of late…