Light wind and surprisingly smooth as the day got started. More importantly though, the swell cleaned up a lot overnight and it was still pretty big. Wave faces on the bombs at Dee Why point were into the 2x overhead range. Definitely not a morning for beginners, or even a fair percentage of intermediates.
The wind was offshore at 0630, but the forecast has it coming up from the south before weakening again in the afternoon into the 10 kt range.
As of 0400, the MHL buoy was seeing a mix of NE and SE swell. The dominant SE component was close to 3 metres at 12 seconds. Solid, in a word.
Next tide’s a high at 0750 and the low will follow at 1430.
This morning looks like being the best few hours for a wave across the next week. That said, there could still be something of interest tomorrow morning at south magnets.
I’m planning to spend some time at the beach this morning, so check back later for an update.
Have a great Friday and stay happy!
A complex low pressure system over the Tasman Sea is moving southeast and a strong high pressure system south of the Bight extends a ridge behind it directing southerly winds along New South Wales coast. Winds are expected to turn southeast to northeasterly during Sunday as the high moves over the southern Tasman Sea maintaining the ridge to the northwest.
Forecast for Friday until midnight
Southerly 10 to 15 knots, reaching up to 20 knots offshore in the morning. Winds turning east to southeasterly below 10 knots in the early afternoon.
1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing below 1 metre around midday.
Southeasterly 2 to 2.5 metres.
Saturday 9 January
South to southeasterly below 10 knots becoming northeasterly in the morning then increasing to 10 to 15 knots in the early afternoon.
Below 1 metre.
Southeasterly 1.5 to 2 metres, tending southerly 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the morning, then decreasing to 1.5 metres by early evening.
Deceptively powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.
Sunday 10 January
Northeasterly about 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon.
Around 1 metre.
Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the morning.