Light westerly breeze and clear skies before dawn and a touch over a metre of 8 sec period east wind swell reported at 0200. It should be getting bigger as the day goes along. Winds will be out of the N to NE later and this evening will see a south change.
As the day got underway, it was evident that conditions were pretty so-so for the early risers. Dee Why looked junky and messy but around the waist to chest high mark on the bigger wave faces. Still no banks to speak of at the south end, so a high percentage of shutdowns were on offer. Looked a touch cleaner up the beach, but smaller too. I’m hoping it’ll clean up later, but there could well be better offerings elsewhere anyway.
Tide’s low at 0710 and back to high at 1310.
Outlook for tomorrow according to the Bureau is for S-SE 15-20 kts with the swell picking up a touch more as the period increases. Swell will stick around one way or another into the middle of next week – but that stupid SE wind is shaping to hang around with it. According to some of the modelling, the biggest period will be Monday-Tuesday, when we could see overhead sets at east spots.
It’s a rough cut with a few editing errors, but if you’d like to see some more surfer point of view GoPro footage from Crescent Head, check out my compilation of Weds and Thurs afternoon’s waves here: http://youtu.be/5EgNz0yHbrw
Have yourself a great day!
A high pressure system near New Zealand extends a ridge over northern New South Wales this weekend. A southerly change currently on the South Coast will extend to the central parts this evening before stalling and weakening into Sunday. A strong high pressure system south of the Bight is forecast to extend over Tasmania and into the southern Tasman Sea during the first half of the new week.
Forecast for Saturday until midnight
North to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots increasing to 15 to 20 knots this afternoon ahead of a southerly change of 15 to 20 knots late this evening.
Below 1 metre.
Easterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres around dawn.
Isolated thunderstorms offshore, extending throughout from early this afternoon.
Sunday 23 March
South to southeasterly 15 to 20 knots.
Around 1 metre.
Easterly 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres offshore around midday.
Isolated thunderstorms, more frequent offshore.
Deceptively powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.
Monday 24 March
Southeasterly 10 to 15 knots.
Below 1 metre.
Easterly 1.5 to 2 metres.