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Cool start but waves at SE spots

Posted on October 7th, 2017 in At large.

Hello Friends,

A chill in the air as Saturday kicked off. The skies were mostly cloudy but the wind was light and the ocean surface smooth. Swell perked overnight as expected and while you probably couldn’t surf anywhere from Collaroy to Narrabeen (too small and tide too high) there were waist to shoulder high sets from about the lagoon to kiddies at Dee Why. There were occasional waves for the keen crew at the point, but they looked to be mostly in the waist high range.
By around 0700 the wind was still light WSW, but the forecast tells us it’ll go southerly 15-20 kts later. Tide was coming into the 1.7m high at 1000. The Bureau has a large and powerful surf warning up, but from the look of the MHL buoy data, the pulse peaked last night. At 0400 it was 3 metres at the Sydney buoy and coming from the dead south at about 9 seconds apart.
Outlook is for the swell to fade across the day and by dusk it looks like it’ll be pretty marginal. Some models show the conditions staying marginal to near flat for the next week or so, but there might be a small uptick for Monday thanks to an increase in average period (according to some models). From around Tuesday onward, the prospects are not exciting. Right now it looks like a run of shorth period east to SE wind bump.
So, get in now if you can!

Mals looked to be the optimal choice as of 0640 at the point

Bomb set at the Pole 0640

Cute peak at Narrabeen

No Mans set at 0635

Not happening at Northy

Weather Situation
Southerly winds are prevailing over the New South Wales coast behind a trough moving away to the east, while an associated low pressure circulation deepens over the Tasman Sea. A high pressure system, currently south of the Bight, will drift across southeast Australia in the trough’s wake, reaching the southern Tasman Sea by late Saturday. Winds are expected to gradually shift northerly later on the weekend as the next trough approaches from the west.
Forecast for Saturday until midnight
Winds
Southerly 15 to 20 knots becoming southeasterly below 10 knots in the evening.
Seas
1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing below 1 metre around midday.
Swell
Southerly 1.5 to 2.5 metres.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 30% chance of a shower in the morning and early afternoon.
Caution
Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.
Sunday 8 October
Winds
Variable about 10 knots becoming northerly 15 to 20 knots in the middle of the day.
Seas
Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon.
Swell
Southerly 1.5 metres, increasing to 2 metres during the morning, then tending south to southeasterly 2 metres by early evening.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers in the afternoon and evening. The chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon and evening.
Monday 9 October
Winds
Northerly 15 to 20 knots tending northwesterly 10 to 15 knots during the morning then shifting southerly 15 to 25 knots during the evening.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning.
Swell
Southeasterly 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the afternoon.
Weather
Mostly sunny. 40% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon and evening.


Very small but clean and sometimes catchable

Posted on September 30th, 2017 in At large.

Hello Friends,

High cloud and only a hint of a line trickling in along the beaches as Saturday kicked into gear. The lulls are long and the sets are struggling to make the thigh high mark at the most exposed spots. On the plus side, it was dead glassy for the early risers.
Tide was dropping to the low at 0935 when I grabbed the pics around 0645. It’s back to a 1.4 m high at 1610. Wind should start picking up from the west this morning ahead of an afternoon south change. With luck there could be a few forerunner sets before the wind change.
Once the southerly piles in, the swell should begin to push up with it and the Bureau has a large and powerful surf warning for tomorrow morning when they’re calling for the southerly swell to peak in the 3-4 metre range.
The models show the swell mostly staying offshore because it’ll be straight south, so I reckon the morning session tomorrow could be the coming week’s peak day. Will it be 3-4 metres on faces? Hmmm… maybe… but I’m thinking more like shoulder plus to head and a bit is the likelihood.
By Monday it looks like things will simmer back to only a bit more than we’re seeing this morning.
Have a great Saturday everyone!

SUP sliding at the Lugga 0640

Tiny Makaha

The Saturday crew hanging out, waiting for another set at Dee Why

A set arrives!

Weird wave trick at south Narra 0630

Tiny Gardens peak

Glassy and knee high at North Narrabeen

Weather Situation
A front will extend a southerly change along the coast today, behind which a ridge of high pressure will develop, moving slowly east to be over the Tasman Sea by Monday.
Forecast for Saturday until midnight
Winds
Westerly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots offshore during the morning and early afternoon. Winds turning southerly 15 to 20 knots in the early afternoon.
Seas
Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the morning.
Swell
Southerly below 1 metre, increasing to 2 to 3 metres by early evening.
Weather
Partly cloudy.
Sunday 1 October
Winds
South to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots turning westerly 10 to 15 knots early in the morning then becoming variable about 10 knots in the early afternoon.
Seas
About 1 metre.
Swell
Southerly 3 to 4 metres, decreasing to 2 to 3 metres during the day.
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 2 October
Winds
Easterly 10 to 15 knots tending northeasterly 15 to 20 knots during the morning then tending northerly during the evening.
Seas
Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore during the evening.
Swell
Southerly 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
Weather
Partly cloudy


TGs summary surf report from Angourie now

Posted on September 19th, 2017 in At large.

Anga this arvo


No…

Tide’s too high, angle is wrong, wind is getting up, two white pointers caught here last week! !!, stinky dead whale on back beach, but the day’s beautiful pod of 5 whales, then 2 more out off tgeand the temps about 26 and the water was nice for a quick dip close to shore
-The Goat


Glassy morning for Sydney

Posted on September 16th, 2017 in At large.

Hello Friends,

Chest high and glassy at SE magnets thanks to 1.5m of 10sec energy from 155°. Skies were mostly cloudy when I checked the beach, but there really wasn’t any wind to speak of. Tide was dropping to the low at 1040. Today’s high is a biggish one of 1.7 m at 1710.
It wasn’t super crowded either, so maybe the grey skies have put a few folks off. The good news is that until a southerly change arrives this afternoon, we should see improving swell energy ahead of it with W-NW wind in the 15-20 kt range. Basically, if you feel like a surf, you should be able to jag a few at your fave SE spot this morning.
The southerly change could mangle conditions this afternoon, but tomorrow should see SW wind along with a bit bigger but more southerly swell. Plus it should be mostly sunny.
Mon to Friday looks like being mostly south swell influenced, but there should be something in the knee to chest range depending on the day pretty much all week.
Have yourself a great Saturday one and all!

Fun little wall near the lagoon

This set wave ran for around 200m just north of The Pole

Looks like a few were getting into Northy at 0630

Man in No Man’s

Weather Situation

Winds will strengthen today as a cold front brings a gusty southerly change over southern waters during the morning and over central waters during the afternoon and early evening. The southerly change is expected to reach the Queensland border early Sunday, followed by an easing of winds. Fresh northerly winds will develop on Monday ahead of the next front, which is forecast to move through most of New South Wales on Tuesday.

Forecast for Saturday until midnight

Strong Wind Warning for Saturday for Sydney Coast

Winds
West to northwesterly 15 to 20 knots, ahead of a southerly change 20 to 30 knots in the afternoon.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres by early evening.
Swell
Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1 to 2 metres by early evening.
Weather
Mostly sunny morning. 50% chance of showers during this afternoon and evening. Chance of a thunderstorm offshore in the afternoon.

Sunday 17 September

Winds
Southwesterly 15 to 25 knots becoming variable about 10 knots in the late afternoon.
Seas
1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning, then decreasing below 1 metre during the afternoon.
Swell
Southerly 2 to 2.5 metres.
Weather
Mostly sunny. 20% chance of a shower offshore, near zero chance elsewhere.

Monday 18 September

Winds
Northerly 15 to 25 knots.
Seas
Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the morning.
Swell
Southerly 1 to 2 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the morning.
Weather
Sunny.

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


Beautiful Saturday morning

Posted on September 2nd, 2017 in At large.

Hello Friends,

Corker of a morning for the dawn patrol. At daybreak swell was a touch under two metres and was coming from the S-SE at 10 seconds apart. The consequence was chest to shoulder high wave faces on sets from around Kiddies north to the Lagoon entrance on the Dee Why to Longy stretch and knee to waist from about a little south of Carparks to the Alley at North Narrabeen. Skies were clear and wind was coming lightly from the NW. Tide was high at 0530 and is now dropping back to the low at 1110.
Outlook is for the waves to decrease across the morning, so if you can get down there asap, that’d be the best plan.
Tomorrow promises to be much windier but there might be a few little waves for the early session but thereafter the models hold little joy for surfing prospects until around Thursday when the south magnets should perk up into the surfable (knee to waist) range.
So get out and enjoy your Saturday!

Between Kiddies and No Mans at 0640

Little lines at Northy for the crew

No takers for the shutdowns at south Narra

Fun looking section near the Lugga at Long Reef

No Man’s wall

Close to the rocks at the point

Weather Situation

A high pressure system drifting over eastern New South Wales will be the dominant feature today, while a low over the northern Tasman sea is weakening and losing influence on coastal winds. Winds will turn northerly during today as the high reaches the Tasman Sea, strengthening in many coastal areas on Sunday as a cold front approaches from the west. This front looks set to bring a gusty change to the southern coast late Sunday, continuing through to the north on Monday.

Forecast for Saturday until midnight

Winds
North to northwesterly about 10 knots tending north to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the middle of the day.
Seas
Below 1 metre, increasing to around 1 metre by early evening.
Swell
Southeasterly 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1.5 metres during the morning.
Weather
Sunny.

Sunday 3 September

Strong Wind Warning for Sunday for Sydney Coast

Winds
Northerly 15 to 25 knots shifting southwesterly 20 to 30 knots in the evening.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the morning.
1st Swell
Southeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre around midday.
2nd Swell
Easterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Mostly sunny.

Monday 4 September

Winds
Southwesterly 15 to 20 knots turning west to northwesterly during the morning.
Seas
Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres offshore.
Swell
Northeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the morning.
Weather
Sunny.

Pictures from this morning

Posted on August 28th, 2017 in At large.

Just a few snaps gathered on my morning commuter run…

Occasional set waves of interest at the Kick

Not even high tide and waves wetting pedestrians

Waves forming hundreds of metres off DY beach this morning

Coffee run

Queenscliff looking rather heavy

Boom!

Took forever to catch this one at Queensie about 0830

Swell going past the Bower for the most part – but there were exceptions.

Breakfast time may not be well attended aboard this ship

Not so quiet between Queenscliff and Freshy


Chest high sets – in the right spots

Posted on August 26th, 2017 in At large.

Hello Friends,

Looking at the forecast last night, I wasn’t very hopeful about this morning’s prospects, but happily I was too gloomy and there are waves at spots with optimal orientation to the SSE swell. At 0500 the MHL buoy was showing 1.6 metres at around 8 seconds. Tide’s building to the high at 1130 and swell should fade out this morning as the wind backs off a little. Then tomorrow looks to be flat, but come Monday-Tuesday it seems we’re in for some solid south energy. The models are showing 3+ metres at 11 seconds with wind from the south Monday but going SSW Tuesday and getting pretty strong. Could be a crazy day or two…
Have a top old Saturday everyone!

too small to surf Makaha

Kicking out at Northy

Momentary interest at South Narra

No Mans soft but fun looking

Goodly crew enjoying nice peak at kiddies


Weather Situation
Southerly winds along the New South Wales will tend west to northwesterly in the south later today ahead of a strong southerly surge associated with a cold front during Sunday. Behind the front a high pressure system will move over southeastern Australia on Sunday extending a ridge to the western Tasman Sea and winds should ease.
Forecast for Saturday until midnight
Winds
Southerly 10 to 15 knots tending southwesterly in the morning then becoming variable about 10 knots in the early afternoon.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the morning.
1st Swell
Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the morning.
2nd Swell
Southeasterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Sunny.
Sunday 27 August
Strong Wind Warning for Sunday for Sydney Coast
Winds
North to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots shifting southerly 20 to 25 knots in the middle of the day. Winds reaching up to 30 knots during the afternoon and evening.
Seas
Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the morning, then increasing to 2.5 to 3 metres by early evening.
Swell
Southerly around 1 metre, increasing to 2 to 3 metres by early evening.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers offshore, 30% chance elsewhere.
Monday 28 August
Winds
Southerly 15 to 25 knots turning southeasterly 10 to 15 knots during the evening.
Seas
1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon.
Swell
Southerly 2 to 3 metres.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers


Pumping Saturday

Posted on August 19th, 2017 in At large.

Hello Friends,
Dead south, 3 metres at 11-12 sec means solid head to head and a bit on the sets at Dee Why point as the day kicked off. Plenty of size along the beach, but it was way too lined up to be worth the considerable effort involved. The Collaroy to Narra stretch was a victim of the swell direction and long lines, but you might find something at Collaroy proper. Tide was high at 0600 and is currently headed to the low at 1145.
Wind is brisk from the SW and set to ramp up into the 25-35 kt range before swinging south this evening. Swell is set to peak into the 4-6 metre range offshore during the day and then it’ll fade back into the 1-2 metre range by late Monday. Wind will be southerly tomorrow says the Bureau, so it looks like the optimal prospects are today. Monday could be okay as there should still be fun size swell and the wind goes more variable.
Have a great Saturday and beginners, know your limits!

First rays of sunshine

Uncrowded shutdowns

South Narra shutting down

Nice looking section at the point

No takers at Northy

Weather Situation
A complex low pressure system lies over the eastern Tasman Sea, while a high is centred near Adelaide. This pattern is maintaining vigorous winds along the New South Wales coast today, and is generating a large southerly swell. Winds will ease significantly during Sunday as the high drifts over southeast Australia and the low loses influence. By Monday the high is expected to be over the Tasman sea.
Forecast for Saturday until midnight
Gale Warning for Saturday for Sydney Coast
Winds
Southwesterly 25 to 35 knots turning southerly in the late afternoon or evening.
Seas
3 to 4 metres.
Swell
Southerly 2.5 to 4 metres, increasing to 4 to 6 metres during the day.
Weather
Cloudy. 80% chance of showers, mainly offshore. The chance of a thunderstorm.
Caution
Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.
Sunday 20 August
Gale Warning for Sunday for Sydney Coast
Winds
Southerly 20 to 30 knots, reaching 35 knots offshore at first, decreasing to 15 to 25 knots in the middle of the day then decreasing to 10 to 15 knots in the evening.
Seas
3 to 4 metres, decreasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres around midday, then decreasing below 1 metre in the evening.
Swell
Southerly 4 to 6 metres, decreasing to 3 to 4 metres around midday.
Weather
Cloudy. 80% chance of showers offshore, 30% chance elsewhere.
Caution
Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.
Monday 21 August
Winds
Variable about 10 knots becoming northwesterly 15 to 20 knots during the afternoon then tending westerly during the evening.
Seas
Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore during the evening.
Swell
Southeasterly 2.5 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the afternoon or evening.
Weather
Cloudy. 40% chance of showers.


Really tiny but every now and then a bump arrives

Posted on August 12th, 2017 in At large.

Hello Friends,

As of 0600 the MHL buoy was showing less than a metre of 10-sec south swell. An hour later at North Narrabeen it looked to be around the knee high mark and quite inconsistent for the handful of keen folk in the water. Around at the Long Reef to Dee Why stretch everybody was scattered along the little peaks north from about the Pole to the lifeguard hut. Again, waves were infrequent and struggling to make the waist high mark. Lots of folk in the water too.
Tide is running into the 1.5m high at 1125. Wind was light NW and should stay out of the westerly quarters all day. Swell prospects don’t look too red hot for the rest of the weekend. It might possibly come up a touch tomorrow, but only a touch. The week ahead is shaping to be pretty quiet as well – according to the models.
So enjoy what we have and have a great Saturday!

Just part of the goodly crew between the Pole and Longy at 0655

Four wave hunters awaiting knee high lines at Northy 0645

Momentary wave at 0655 near the Pole

Weather Situation
A cold front is currently moving through the New South Wales coast, causing north to northwesterly winds to shift fresh to strong southwesterly in its wake. By mid-morning today, the eastward-moving front will have cleared the coast as a high pressure system moves over inland New South Wales coast, causing winds to ease. The high is expected to be centred over the northwestern Tasman Sea by the end of the weekend.
Forecast for Saturday until midnight
Winds
Westerly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots offshore in the late evening.
Seas
1 to 2 metres.
Swell
Southerly around 1 metre.
Weather
Mostly sunny.
Sunday 13 August
Winds
West to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots, reaching up to 20 knots offshore early in the morning. Winds decreasing to below 10 knots in the early afternoon then becoming north to northeasterly in the evening.
Seas
1 to 2 metres, decreasing below 1 metre around midday.
Swell
Southerly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning, then increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the afternoon.
Weather
Partly cloudy.
Monday 14 August
Winds
West to northwesterly about 10 knots tending north to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots during the day then tending west to northwesterly during the evening.
Seas
Around 1 metre.
Swell
Southerly around 1 metre inshore, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore.
Weather
Mostly sunny. 20% chance of a shower.


 

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