Archive for September 2017

PICS: Weekend waves 9 &10 of Sept at Dee Why point

Posted on September 12th, 2017 in Top stories.

A couple of galleries from a sizable south pulse over a sunny weekend…
Saturday Gallery

Sunday Gallery


Still a few left in the tank

Posted on September 12th, 2017 in Dee Why.

Hello Friends,
Swell faded overnight and it’s due to dribble away completely over the next 24 hours. As of 0630 there were still some pretty little chest high lines coming into Dee Why and wind was coming lightly from the NW. It’s expected to pick up into the 15-20 kt range later and when it does, that’ll put paid to the Dee Why end of the beach as a reasonable surf option.
Tide was low at 0615 and is now coming into a 1.6 metre high at 1240. So add that to the factors working against quality waves later this morning. Obviously the plan is to hit it asap because we’re in for hot, windy and flat conditions tomorrow. Thursday looks bad on some models and hopeful on others, so here’s hoping.
Have yourself a great day and check back later to see the galleries from last weekend…

Little waves along the beach at 0630

Long lulls but still the occasional set for the point at 0630

Weather Situation
A high pressure system centred over the northwestern Tasman Sea will direct northerly winds along the coast as a series of cold fronts approach New South Wales from the west. The first of these fronts is expected to skim across the state’s south later today, with little impact on coastal areas. A more significant front will bring a vigorous west to southwesterly change later Wednesday or Thursday.
Forecast for Tuesday until midnight
Winds
Northerly 15 to 20 knots.
Seas
Below 1 metre, increasing to around 1 metre during the morning, then increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres by early evening.
Swell
Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the morning.
Weather
Partly cloudy.
Wednesday 13 September
Strong Wind Warning for Wednesday for Sydney Coast
Winds
Northerly 20 to 25 knots increasing to 20 to 30 knots in the morning then shifting west to southwesterly 20 to 30 knots in the late afternoon.
Seas
1.5 to 2 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning.
Swell
Northeasterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Sunny day. 20% chance of a shower in the evening.
Thursday 14 September
Winds
Southwesterly 25 to 30 knots turning westerly during the day.
Seas
1 to 2 metres, increasing to 2.5 to 3 metres offshore.
1st Swell
Southerly around 1 metre, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the afternoon or evening.
2nd Swell
Northeasterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 40% chance of showers.


Still some swell for Monday morning

Posted on September 11th, 2017 in Dee Why.

Hello Friends,
Light west breeze and somewhat lumpy conditions for the weekend sized crowd in the water at Dee Why around 0640 when I grabbed the pics. The MHL buoy was seeing 2.8m from the SSE at 11 seconds, so it’s off the peak of yesterday, but still capable of producing overhead sets at the point. Tide was low at 0520 and is now heading to the 1.6m high at 1145 and the Bureau still has a dangerous surf warning posted. So, not really a day for beginners and even intermediates should take a minute to assess conditions before diving in.
Interestingly the forecast models are uniformly under-calling it for this morning’s conditions, so maybe they’re unduly bleak about out midweek prospects. If they’re right, we should have energy of some sort tomorrow and then a couple of rest days before we see another ramp up into the head plus conditions at south magnets over the weekend and into next early next week.
Have a great day and check back later because I should have a collection of snaps from the weekend’s surfin’ activities at the point ready for viewing.

Picking up a little section inside at 0640

Fun size waves at 0640

Bombs are smaller than yesterday, but still solid

Section stands up nicely on this one


Weather Situation
A high pressure system drifting over southeast Australia is promoting generally light winds today. On Monday this high will be over the northern Tasman Sea, with northerly winds increasing along the coast as a series of cold fronts approach New South Wales from the west. The first of these are expected to skim across the state’s south later Monday and Tuesday, with little impact on coastal areas, though a more significant front will bring a vigorous west to southwesterly change later Wednesday or Thursday.
Forecast for Monday until midnight
Winds
North to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots.
Seas
Below 1 metre.
Swell
South to southeasterly 2.5 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1.5 to 2 metres by the evening.
Weather
Mostly sunny.
Caution
Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.
Tuesday 12 September
Winds
Northwesterly 10 to 15 knots turning northerly 15 to 20 knots in the morning.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres.
Swell
Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Weather
Partly cloudy.
Wednesday 13 September
Winds
North to northwesterly 15 to 20 knots turning westerly 15 to 25 knots during the afternoon.
Seas
1 to 2 metres.
Swell
Northeasterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Sunny.


Watching Dee Why

Posted on September 10th, 2017 in Surf Reports.

One look at the conditions and I knew it wouldn’t involve me. It was 2-3x overhead on the bombs – which were very frequent. Not a day for rocking off. Quality is not great but not hopeless. Longer boards have the advantage. Will post more pics in next couple days but here are a few for now.


Not small at all

Posted on September 10th, 2017 in Dee Why.

Hello Friends,

Wild and woolly as Sunday got started. Sunny skies and light westerly wind greeting a raw looking south swell at Dee Why. Tide is heading to high at 1100 and swell is supposed to fade this morning. It was around 3.7 metres at 0600 and coming from the SSE at 14 seconds apart. It’s right on the limit of what the point can handle and as the pictures show it’s pretty messy looking. I’d say surf options are going to be limited this morning – and you’ll need to be both confident and fit.
Wind is supposed to be light and variable later, so maybe things will settle a little in the afternoon. Maybe.
Go well with your Sunday everyone and good luck if you get in!

Bomb set looking rather bomb-y at 0730

Surfable looking smaller set

High fitness required to surf the beachy.

Weather Situation
A high pressure system drifting over southeast Australia is promoting a gradual return to lighter winds this weekend, with many areas expected to see afternoon seabreezes today. By Monday the high will be over the northern Tasman Sea, as a trough and cold front approach New South Wales from the west. Northerly winds will freshen ahead of this feature, which is forecast to bring a vigorous west to southwesterly change later Wednesday or Thursday.
Forecast for Sunday until midnight
Winds
South to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots becoming variable about 10 knots in the middle of the day.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the morning.
Swell
Southerly 3 to 4 metres, decreasing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning.
Weather
Mostly sunny.
Caution
Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.
Monday 11 September
Winds
North to northeasterly about 10 knots tending north to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots early in the morning.
Seas
Below 1 metre.
Swell
Southerly 2 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1.5 metres during the afternoon.
Weather
Mostly sunny.
Tuesday 12 September
Winds
Northerly 15 to 20 knots.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres.
Swell
Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Weather
Partly cloudy.


Still waves at dusk

Posted on September 9th, 2017 in Dee Why.

Hello Friends,
Just a late update to report that there were still waves to be had at Dee Why as the sun sank in the west. Wind was SSE 8-10 kts, so surface conditions for the late session were definitely choppy and junky looking. Swell is expected to still be happening tomorrow morning and with luck we’ll see a repeat of the offshore conditions we had today for the early.
Tide will be heading to a highish high of 1.67 m at around 1100, so expect things to be pretty swamped by 9 ish and to stay that way until after lunch.
Some of the models are showing longer period swell for tomorrow early, so surf options will be pretty limited if that turns out to be correct…
Have a great evening!

Burn off time. I’d be a bit nervous if that was my house though

Water drop coming up

Just before 5pm a solid set at the point…

Weather Situation
The combination of a deep low over the southern Tasman Sea and a high over South Australia will maintain a vigorous south to southwesterly airstream over most coastal areas today. During the weekend the high will drift across New South Wales as the low moves further east, resulting in significantly lighter coastal winds on Sunday. By Monday the high will be centred over the northern Tasman Sea with coastal winds shifting northerly.
Forecast for Saturday until midnight
Strong Wind Warning for Saturday for Sydney Coast
Winds
South to southwesterly 15 to 25 knots, reaching 30 knots offshore until evening.
Seas
2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1 to 2 metres by evening.
Swell
Southerly 2 to 3 metres inshore, increasing to 3 to 4 metres offshore.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 30% chance of a shower offshore at night.
Caution
Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.
Sunday 10 September
Winds
West to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots tending south to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots before dawn. Winds shifting easterly about 10 knots during the afternoon.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre around midday.
Swell
Southerly 3 to 4 metres, decreasing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning.
Weather
Mostly sunny. 20% chance of a shower offshore.
Caution
Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.
Monday 11 September
Winds
Variable about 10 knots becoming north to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots during the morning then tending north to northwesterly during the evening.
Seas
Around 1 metre.
Swell
Southerly 1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1.5 metres during the afternoon or evening.
Weather
Sunny.


Solid Dee Why late am

Posted on September 9th, 2017 in Dee Why, Surf Reports.

Somewhat scrappy but seeing 1.5x overhead sets regularly. DYSF running a comp and another dozen plus in the water. I’ve been taking pics for an hour or so and it seems to be getting messier so you need to be strong and keen.


Pumping Saturday morning

Posted on September 9th, 2017 in At large.

Hello Friends,
A couple metres of 11-sec south swell pushing in as Saturday kicked off. The Bureau says it should come up a bit more this morning too. Waves were solidly overhead on the bombs at Dee Why point and on sets up the beach. There were 30 people in the water at the former and that, combined with a straight south’s inconsistency, meant that competition was intense for the good ones.
There was a small group at Collaroy chasing fattish chest plus sets, but apart from that, it’s just too lined up for the beaches.
Wind was west early but will be more S-SW later.
Outlook is for the big stuff to stick around for the next 24 hours. From Sunday midday it starts to fade again, but we should still have some little fun ones for Monday.
Have fun but know your limits!

30 competitors and longish waits for the quality ones at 0645

Mostly shutting down along the beach

Screamer among the shutdowns

Everybody’s in on it at 0645

Collaroy crew at 0635

Mostly shutting down at south Narrabeen

Whiterock and Makaha

Weather Situation
The combination of a deep low over the southern Tasman Sea and a high over South Australia will maintain a vigorous south to southwesterly airstream over most coastal areas today. During the weekend the high will drift across New South Wales as the low moves further east, resulting in significantly lighter coastal winds on Sunday. By Monday the high will be centred over the northern Tasman Sea with coastal winds shifting northerly.
Forecast for Saturday until midnight
Strong Wind Warning for Saturday for Sydney Coast
Winds
South to southwesterly 15 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots during the morning and early afternoon. Winds decreasing to 10 to 15 knots in the late evening.
Seas
2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1 to 2 metres by early evening.
Swell
Southerly 2.5 to 3 metres, increasing to 3 to 4 metres during the morning.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 30% chance of a shower offshore later tonight. Near zero chance of rain elsewhere.
Caution
Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.
Sunday 10 September
Winds
West to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots tending south to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots before dawn. Winds shifting easterly about 10 knots during the afternoon.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre around midday.
Swell
Southerly 3 to 4 metres, decreasing to 2.5 to 3 metres during the morning.
Weather
Mostly sunny. 20% chance of a shower.
Caution
Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.
Monday 11 September
Winds
Variable about 10 knots becoming north to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots during the morning then tending north to northwesterly during the evening.
Seas
Around 1 metre.
Swell
Southerly 1.5


Swell at sunset

Posted on September 8th, 2017 in Dee Why, Surf Reports.

Waves looking very fun at the point and on the beach at 5pm on Friday afternoon. Pretty busy at the point but reasonably consistent. Really wish I had my board…


Clear skies, offshores, and an ocean full of lines

Posted on September 8th, 2017 in Dee Why.

Hello Friends,

Beautiful Friday morning with waves for those fortunate enough to be able to get into ’em. At 0600 the MHL buoy off Sydney was picking up two metres of south (165 degrees) swell with around 11-12s periods.  At the point that meant typical waves were in the waist to chest range, but judging from where people were sitting, there are probably bigger sets in the mix than I saw. And the size up the beach toward the Pole was looking consistently bigger.  Waves looked kinda fat to me, so the 1.57m high tide at 0930 was the likely culprit.

By the time the tide’s dropping, the SW wind should be into the 15-25 kt range by the time it’s noticeably lower again.

It looks as though the swell should bump up a little across the day and by tomorrow the Bureau thinks we could have large and powerful surf conditions. I’d have a quick read of the Goat’s forecast if you’re planning a weekend surf. Could be quite the weekend.

(Apologies about missing a report yesterday, but I was having a second go at getting my ear reamed. Didn’t pan out for technical reasons, so I get to surf for another couple of weeks before placing myself in the hands of the fine medical professionals at RNSH.)

Go well with your day and I’ll try to add a few more pics later if I can.

Crew scrambling to snag the set waves

Sorta fat looking line at the point 0730

Looking bigger up toward the pole

Weather Situation
The combination of a deep low south of Tasmania and a high pressure ridge over central Australia will maintain a vigorous westerly airstream over most coastal areas through the remainder of the week. During the weekend the ridge will extend across New South Wales as the low moves away, resulting in significantly lighter coastal winds.
Forecast for Friday until midnight
Strong Wind Warning for Friday for Sydney Coast
Winds
Southwesterly 15 to 25 knots reaching up to 30 knots in the late evening.
Seas
1 to 2 metres.
Swell
South to southwesterly 1 to 2 metres tending southerly 2 to 3 metres during the afternoon.
Weather
Mostly sunny. 40% chance of showers offshore, 20% chance elsewhere.
Saturday 9 September
Strong Wind Warning for Saturday for Sydney Coast
Winds
South to southwesterly 20 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots during the morning.
Seas
2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1.5 to 2 metres by early evening.
Swell
Southerly 2 to 3 metres inshore, increasing to 3 to 4 metres offshore during the morning.
Weather
Mostly sunny.
Caution
Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.
Sunday 10 September
Winds
South to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots shifting east to northeasterly below 10 knots during the afternoon.
Seas
1 to 2 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the morning.
Swell
Southerly 3 to 4 metres, decreasing to 2.5 to 3 metres during the morning.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 20% chance of a shower.


 

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