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Postcards from Norway

Posted on July 17th, 2018 in At large.

Hello Friends,

About a metre of 10-sec SSE swell in Sydney this morning. 7-9 kts of NNW wind and air temps of around 7-8 degrees. Not liking your prospects for a wave, sadly.

No surf on last day in Denmark, but I did see noctilucent clouds last night – which is extremely cool for a weather nerd. Daytime temps again in the mid 20s under sunny skies in southern Scandinavia. We caught a ferry between Denmark and Norway and are now moving north. Very beautiful country indeed.

Twilight landscape in Norway

Norway lakes and mountains.

Norway countryside

Noctilucent clouds over northern Denmark. They’re at 76,000 to 85,000 m altitude & mostly only seen this far north and during summer.

Danish coast way too tiny to surf.

Denmark’s getting 42% of its juice from wind.

Postcards from the far north

Posted on July 15th, 2018 in At large.

Hello Friends,

At 0400 Sydney was seeing 2.8 metres of SSE swell at 10 seconds apart. Wind was coming from the west at 10-12 knots and air temp up at Terry Hills was a bitterly cold 2.9 degrees! Swell is predicted to fade across the day, but from the numbers I reckon you’re in with a chance through to maybe midday tomorrow…
And now some postcards

There are dozens of these fencelines running off the shore and out hundreds of metres on the mudflats.

locals were out in numbers

Looking WSW from Jutland to the North Atlantic.

First time I’ve seen the ocean in days. The tide was out, so there was probably a km or two of mudflats between the shore and the sea. The pictures were taken at a spot called Mando Island on the west coast of Denmark. It’s in the middle of the Wadden Sea National Park and the tiny 7 km sq island is reached at low tide via a narrow causeway. The pictures were taken after 9 pm with the sun still above the horizon. Wind was blowing from the west and temps were mild considering how far north we are. But the entire northern hemisphere is experiencing unprecedentedly high temperatures. Climate change continues its inexorable march…

No waves where I am…

Posted on July 13th, 2018 in At large.

Haven’t seen a beach in nearly a week. And the last one was the coast of Wales where the tide was so low we had to walk a kilometre just to get to the water’s edge. And there were no waves whatsoever. Since then been doing lots of moving and not much picture taking.
From here I can see you’ve got 1.4 m of 12-sec SSE in Sydney. So just on those numbers, there should be something to play with. And the good news is it looks like a little bump upward in the next 24 hours or so. Your wind was light from the NW but damn it looks chilly. Should get real windy but at least it’ll be SW. And it seems set to stay that way for you as the swell kicks up another notch or two. Your mate is jealous.
Here in the north west of Germany about 100 kms inland from the North Sea, it was in the mid-twenties under mostly blue skies. So, warmer than Sydney.
Here’s a postcard for ya. Taken on the streets of Utrecht where my daughter’s been doing a term abroad. A really great University town where bicycles dominate and the beer is good.

What a difference a couple of hours makes

Posted on July 8th, 2018 in At large, Dee Why, Surf Reports.

Swell, but it’s closing out down the beach.

Waves at the point now. Clean too.

Swell hasn’t yet arrive at Dee Why

Posted on July 8th, 2018 in At large, Big Picture, Dee Why, Surf Reports.

Flat at Dee Why Point

A ripple down the beach


According to the charts, at Dee Why, by now it’s supposed to be 2.3m at 11s with 18kn of wind. but it’s windless and there’s no sign yet of the impending swell. Small waves just folding over. Quite a bunch of people down at Long Reef, but in the 10 minutes I stood there looking up the beach, I didn’t see anyone catch anything. Not a soul in the water at Dee Why. Time will tell, I guess. I took a couple of photos, and I’l try to figure out how to load them.


Posted on July 6th, 2018 in At large.

Beautiful morning… blue sky, sunny, mild offshore breeze and some small to medium size waves from East North East….almost Summery.  Tides still a bit low for my taste… and will see if the early crowd thins out later.

Forecast max of 25.

Thursday quickie

Posted on July 5th, 2018 in At large.

Smaller today but great morning conditions . Blue sky, no wind and glassy waves..only prob is that other people are out there ..but they might go to work soon…and there’s a bit of a wait between rides.  Top of 23 today.


Posted on July 4th, 2018 in At large.

Surf’s up from the North East.  About shoulder highish.  Nice clean waves with no wind. Best in protected NE corners or middle of beaches. Should be pretty good all day. Tide is around half tide.

Postcards from LA

Posted on July 2nd, 2018 in At large.

Hello Friends,

Perfect weather in LA but only the tiniest hint of a line showing at places like El Segundo (near LAX) and Redondo Beach. A tiny bit more going on at Palos Verdes, but didn’t see anyone in the water.
Travelling tomorrow, so could be a day or two before you hear from me again…
go well!

Surf report on an El Segundo life guard tower today

El Segundo shories Knee high and sideshore.

El Segundo on a beautiful Sunday afternoon – note the lack of crowd. This is LA!

Lunada Bay slumbers

A ml would go a treat on this little line at Palos Verdes

Near flat for Saturday

Posted on June 30th, 2018 in At large.

Hello Friends,

At daybreak it was a touch under 10C at RealSurf HQ and wind was out of the NW at 5-7 kts. The MHL buoy was detecting only 0.9 m of 9-sec SSE bump.Skies were mostly clear. I did my usual pre-radio report run this morning and can report that it was just about – but not quite – flat.
There were three or four people in the water at Northy where there were knee to maybe waist high bumps sliding in through a glassy sea. From there south to Collaroy and the north side of Long Reef it was essentially flat. Around at Dee Why there were a couple of high tide peaks briefly flickering to life with again knee to waist high bumps. But it was really a case of one or two turns and you’re done.
At report time the tide was running into the 1.34 m high at 0940. It’ll ebb out to a 0.6 m low at 1510.
Looking at the swell models this morning, it would seem Sydney’s facing a week of very small to flat conditions. The very long range projections are currently showing a potential strong south pulse from around next Monday. But they’re also predicting heaps of S-SSW wind with it.
That’ll all be academic for me as by then I’ll be on the other side of the world, from which I hope to send you the periodic postcard (wi-fi gods permitting).
Have a great Saturday everyone!

One turn wonder peak at 0655

No dice for the point

5 seconds of fun at the Pole

Walkers at south Narrabeen

Tiny little peak at Northy 0645

Good morning Saturday

Weather Situation
A high pressure system near New Zealand is slowly moving east as a low pressure trough moves over the Tasman Sea. Winds over New South Wales waters will tend west to northwesterly ahead of a front crossing the region late today and early Sunday, before turning west to southwesterly behind it, as another ridge extends across the state.

Forecast for Saturday until midnight
Northwesterly 10 to 15 knots, reaching up to 20 knots offshore during the day. Winds turning westerly in the late afternoon.
Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore.
Northeasterly below 1 metre.
Sunday 1 July
West to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots turning south to southeasterly below 10 knots during the day.
1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the morning.
Southwesterly below 0.5 metres, tending southerly 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
Mostly sunny.
Monday 2 July
Southeasterly 10 to 15 knots turning easterly during the afternoon.
Around 1 metre.
Southerly around 1 metre.
Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers.


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