Wind was offshore for the early and there were still a few longer period sneaker sets coming in for the very tiny number of people in the water. At Dee Why the best peak seemed to be the one near the SLSC. The biggest wave I saw didn’t get caught by either of the people out catching ’em. It might have been chest high on the takeoff that didn’t happen. Mostly it was quite a bit smaller than that, and there were great stretches of beach with nothing much at all.
The same situation prevailed around at the Collaroy-Narrabeen stretch. There were a couple waist high (on sets) peaks in close to the sand from about Marquesas north. Only 3 or 4 in the water up at Northy which looked to possibly be a touch bigger than down the beach, but not dramatically so.
Outlook is for the wind to come around to the south – and stay there until the middle of next week.
The good thing is that thanks to the baleful wind direction, there should also be a gradual increase in wave heights. So, if you don’t mind dealing with junky surface conditions, there could be a few opportunities at south ends.
Have yourself a top old Thursday!
TIDES: H @0820 L @1400
A broad trough of low pressure over eastern New South Wales is moving further east. A cold front over the southern coast, will continue to the north during Thursday. Southerly winds will be maintained along the coast as a high strengthens to the west, strengthening in the north as a low develops over the Tasman Sea.
Forecast for Thursday until midnight
Southwesterly 15 to 20 knots turning southerly 20 to 25 knots during the morning, then easing to 10 to 15 knots late in the day and evening.
1 to 1.5 metres increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the morning, then abating in the evening.
Easterly about 1 metre.
The chance of thunderstorms until late afternoon.
Friday 20 July
Southerly 15 to 20 knots.
1 to 1.5 metres increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres in the evening.
Easterly about 1.5 metres.
Saturday 21 July
Southerly 15 to 25 knots.
2 metres increasing to 3 metres during the evening.
Easterly 1 metre.