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Posted on June 20th, 2020 in At large.

Hello Friends,

At daybreak the buoy data showed 0.9 metres of 9-second swell from the ESE. There was a faint 2-3 kt north breeze and skies were mostly clear. Tide was just about at the 0730 high and the ocean was 19C. Waves were in the ankle to knee high range at spots that were doing anything with the low energy bump. Take your longest, floatiest surf toy and your most kick-backed attitude and you’ll be good.

Outlook is for conditions to be about the same as they are now through to about midweek when we might have a change to some blowy but a bit bigger south conditions…

Go well!

Sinking out at No Mans 0700

Kiddies action

Had it to himself at Gardens

Northy crew getting knee high bumps at daybreak

Winter morning sky

Low power Longy

Weather Situation
A weakening high pressure system over the western Tasman Sea extends a ridge along the New South Wales north coast, directing a generally northerly airstream over the coastal waters. This ridge will weaken further over the weekend as a cold front crosses the mainland. The front will bring a west to southwesterly change to coastal areas on Sunday, tending more southerly early in the new week as a low pressure system develops offshore.

Forecast for Saturday until midnight

Winds
Northerly 15 to 20 knots.
Seas
Around 1 metre.
Swell
Southeasterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Mostly sunny.
Sunday 21 June
Winds
North to northwesterly 15 to 20 knots turning westerly in the evening.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres.
Swell
Southeasterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Cloudy. 90% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm. Possible hail in the late afternoon and evening.
Monday 22 June
Winds
Westerly 15 to 20 knots.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres.
Swell
Southeasterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 70% chance of showers.


Surf options aplenty

Posted on June 13th, 2020 in At large.

Hello Friends,
Looks like a great morning for a surf if you have the time. Waves are a fun waist to chest high and there are lots of places you could get into your share. Surface conditions were smooth and skies were mostly clear with only a light westerly breeze. First tide of the day is the low at 0825. It’ll be back to high at 1440. Swell at sea was around 1.35 metres at 11-12 seconds from the ESE. Water is sitting on 19C and wind should be variable across the day.

Waves should stick around all day and be with us at similar intensity again tomorrow.

Have a good one!

Sunrise over Whiterock

Longy

No Man’s

North Collaroy

Surfrider gardens

North Narrabeen options aplenty

Weather Situation
A low pressure trough off the New South Wales coast is decaying today as a high strengthens over the Tasman Sea. This will direct increasing northerly winds over New South Wales waters, before a cold front brings a west to southwesterly change on Sunday. Behind the change, a new high is forecast to drift across from the west during the first half of next week.

Forecast for Saturday until midnight
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 by evening.
Swell
Northeasterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Partly cloudy.
Sunday 14 June
Winds
Northerly 15 to 20 knots, reaching 25 knots offshore during the morning, shifting west to southwesterly in the middle of the day.
Seas
1 to 2 metres.
Swell
East to northeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 80% chance of rain in the morning. The chance of a thunderstorm in the morning.
Monday 15 June
Winds
West to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots.
Seas
Around 1 metre, decreasing below 0.5 metres during the evening.
Swell
Northeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the evening.
Weather
Sunny.


Pumping Saturday morning

Posted on June 6th, 2020 in At large.

Hello Friends,

Short version: get out there! Swell is 2 metres at 11 seconds from 137° (ESE) as of 0730. So it’s down a bit from yesterday, but still pretty solid with bomb set wave faces at magnets showing head and a bit. Naturally it’s busy, but it also seems to be pretty consistent. It looks as though this morning is the plan because the BoM and the modelling tells us to expect it to weaken as the day goes along. That said, I reckon there’ll still be a few waves at dusk.

First tide of the day is a high at 0835. Water is about 20.

Outlook is generally for the swell to drop back into the marginal range for the coming week.

Go well!

Getting covered at the point

Beach and point options available

No Mans peak

Long Reef

Out for a paddle

Crunchy at Gardens

Weather Situation
A high pressure system over the Bight extends a ridge across New South Wales, and is expected to slowly move east over the next few days. Meanwhile, a cold front slipping to the south of the state on Saturday will leave a weak low pressure trough lingering near the New South Wales coast on Sunday and bring freshening southerly winds to coastal waters on Sunday and Monday. This trough is forecast to erode at the start of next week, as the high pressure system makes its way east to lie over the Tasman Sea.

Forecast for Saturday until midnight

Winds
Variable about 10 knots.
Seas
Below 1 metre.
Swell
South to southeasterly 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres in the middle of the day.
Weather
Partly cloudy.
Sunday 7 June
Winds
West to northwesterly below 10 knots becoming south to southeasterly early in the morning.
Seas
Below 1 metre.
Swell
Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 80% chance of showers.
Monday 8 June
Winds
Southerly 15 to 20 knots turning southeasterly 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres.
Swell
Southerly 1.5 metres.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 95% chance of showers.


Yeah, it’s crazy big

Posted on May 23rd, 2020 in At large.

4.8,12,167d (6-10m at 10pm fri) 13-18kts w 0840 H, L 1420, water 21C

Hello Friends,
The swell peaked in the 6-10 metre range at 10 pm last night, but it hasn’t dropped back much. Average heights at sea were running close to 5 metres at 12 seconds from the SSE. As the pictures show, wave faces are pretty close to that size on the bigger ones. Tide is coming into the high at 0840 and will be back to low at 1420. Water’s sitting on 21C. Wind was west 13-18 kts.
There were a couple of insane people in the water at Dee Why, but the real crowds were around at Collaroy where you didn’t have to be a total hell person to paddle out. It’s still pretty big though and beginners should definitely give it a pass for a few days.
Hard to know how long the big stuff will last, but the Bureau’s posted large surf warnings through to Tuesday.
I’m going to grab the camera and go picture taking soon, so check back later to see what I found…

Piling in to Long Reef

Only crazy people in the water

A new left at the beach?

Way out the back

Couldn’t get in

South Narrabeen

Weather Situation
A deep and complex low pressure system over the western Tasman Sea is bringing vigorous south to southwesterly winds and large waves to much of the New South Wales coast. This system is expected to linger offshore for a number of days.

Forecast for Saturday until midnight
Gale Warning for Saturday for Sydney Coast

Winds
Westerly 25 to 30 knots turning southwesterly during the day. Winds reaching up to 40 knots in the early morning and again in the evening.
Seas
1.5 to 2.5 metres, increasing to 2.5 to 4 metres.
1st Swell
Southerly 4 to 5 metres.
2nd Swell
Easterly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Weather
Cloudy. 95% chance of showers.
Caution
Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.
Sunday 24 May
Gale Warning for Sunday for Sydney Coast

Winds
Southwesterly 30 to 40 knots turning southerly 30 to 35 knots early in the morning.
Seas
3 to 4 metres.
1st Swell
Southerly 4 to 5 metres.
2nd Swell
Easterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1.5 metres during the morning.
Weather
Cloudy. 90% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm 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 25 May
Winds

Southerly 25 to 30 knots.
Seas
3 to 4 metres, decreasing to 2.5 to 3 metres during the afternoon.
1st Swell
Southerly 3 to 4 metres.
2nd Swell
Easterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon or evening.
Weather
Cloudy. 90% chance of showers.
Caution
Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.


Tiny waves around the place

Posted on April 2nd, 2020 in At large.

Hello Friends,
Went for a bike ride with the camera…
Wind was light NNW 5-10 kts as of 0900. Swell was out of the NE and was a metre at 15 seconds out at sea. I did not see any obvious sign of 15-second energy though, instead, as the pictures show, it was weak and wind-swelly looking. So, maybe there were bomb sets I missed.
Weather was partly sunny this morning, but there’s a 90% chance of rain by this afternoon.

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  • If you go out, stay 1.5 metres away from other people at all times.
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home.

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Long Reef north side

South Narrabeen

Maybe the odd knee high one at Northy

Collaroy-Narrabeen stretch near flat

Longy crew catching dribs and drabs

Near the Pole

Inconsistent and knee to waist high

Plenty of folk in the water at Dee Why

Weather Situation
A high pressure system lies over the Tasman Sea, directing northeasterly winds along the New South Wales coast. Winds will increase today ahead of a trough that looks to bring a brief southerly change to far southern waters early Friday. Following this, a vigorous cold front is forecast to bring a south to southwesterly change as it crosses the state during the weekend.

Forecast for Thursday until midnight

Strong Wind Warning for Thursday for Sydney Coast
Winds
Northeasterly 15 to 25 knots, becoming north to northeasterly 20 to 30 knots in the late afternoon and evening.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the morning.
Swell
Southerly below 1 metre.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 90% chance of rain and the chance of a thunderstorm this afternoon and evening.
Friday 3 April
Winds
North to northwesterly 15 to 25 knots.
Seas
1.5 to 2.5 metres.
Swell
East to northeasterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 90% chance of rain. The chance of a thunderstorm.
Saturday 4 April
Winds
North to northwesterly 15 to 20 knots turning westerly during the afternoon.
Seas
1 to 2 metres.
Swell
East to northeasterly around 1 metre.
Weather
The chance of a thunderstorm in the morning. Mostly sunny afternoon.


Saturday Surf Report

Posted on March 14th, 2020 in At large.

The southerly has come through all Sydney beaches now, after passing the far south side around 6.30, blowing out the 1 metre waves leftover from yesterday.  It will bring up some south swell over the days ahead, but today won’t do anything for the surf.

Wind is strong with gusts of 70 ks at North Head.

Low tide was at 7.

If you want to get wet and have a swim try protected southern corners.  The water temp is 22,23 and the water is crystal clear. And there are lots of other ways to exercise if you’re not sick.

Just for info, following the Council of Australian Governments meeting yesterday SLSA has announced that the 2020 Australian SLS Championships due to be held at Kurrawa Qld 18-26 April have been cancelled due to COVID 19.

And the WSL events for March have been cancelled.

The good news is the world will keep turning, the sun will come out, the winds will blow and there will be waves

Stay well.

 

 


Saturday Surf Report

Posted on March 7th, 2020 in At large.

Hi all

 

We have two swells producing surf of variable quality on virtually all beaches at the moment… left over ENE and strengthening Southerly, the primary swell. The MHL buoy is showing around 2.6 – 4.6 metres offshore from SSE. Size on the beach is varying but is mostly in the 1-2 metre range, bigger at northern ends.

 

Wind strength is varying at the moment from Cronulla to Palm Beach, with stronger winds on the south side, but the wind will strengthen through the day everywhere… so protected corners are going to be sought after and will be well populated

 

Sky was mostly cloudy with a few blue patches half an hour ago but is mostly blue up north now.  Air is nice and fresh…. Oops a few clouds are starting to reappear.

 

Water temp is around 22. High tide was at 7:07…Low will be at 1:50.

 

Beachwatch is saying pollution is possible or likely at most places but judging by the numbers in the water already at places, the younger fitter ones with good immune systems seem prepared to risk it. Quality has been worse, relatively speaking.

 

See The Goat’s Surf Forecast for the outlook>>>


Sydney Saturday Surf Report

Posted on February 29th, 2020 in At large.

Happy leap day… last official day of Summer!  Hasn’t it been a beauty… fires, floods, storms, you name it.

Today though is fab.  The sun is out the sky is blue … in the south just a cloud or two…

Swell offshore according to the MHL buoy is in the 1.8 – 3 metre range from South South East with periods of 6 – just under 10 seconds.

Waves at the beach are in the 1-2 metre range depending on which way the beach faces.  Water surface is still a bit ruffled from yesterday’s wind, so quality is varying from beach to beach.

Tide was low at 6:36 and is coming in, but it’s still a bit shallow at places.  Might be best around mid tide.

Wind at the moment is delightfully calm to light on the coast, but the Bureau is forecasting winds to turn East later, so best to get to the beach before the waves get too wind affected.

Water quality has improved a lot.. There is still some weed and driftwood debris on some beaches but councils are gradually getting around to cleaning up. Water temp is a very pleasant 22, 23.

All in all… not a bad one…

Have fun!


Saturday Surf Report

Posted on February 22nd, 2020 in At large.
Small windblown onshore waves around 1 metre or so, with weed and who knows what still hanging around in the water at some beaches after the stormy weather earlier in the week.
Been raining steadily most of the night…Grey skies. Visibility is not great at times…very misty, but clearing.
On Friday I heard some people – mostly younger ones – say they had a fun time in similar surf … keen for exercise I guess.
Beachwatch Friday was reporting that pollution was unlikely,
at most Sydney beaches except near some of the lagoon entrances etc
But given the major flush out that rivers like the Hawkesbury,  coastal lagoons, and drains have had, and with lots of weed still in the water and possible debris, I would suggest the eyeball test is best for those with health concerns – ie have a look at it.
There are piles of driftwood (for collectors) and full size logs (for landscape gardeners) on some beaches, and there might still be some floating around in the water.  At least the color of the water isn’t the chocolate brown it was earlier in the week, mainly from river runout.
I heard yesterday of a fridge washed up on the beach at North Palm beach, and our local online community newspaper Pittwateronlinenews  http://www.pittwateronlinenews.com/community-news.php reported
” A dead Goat on Long Reef Beach, two cows on Patonga Beach with bite marks and a dead Bull Shark on Station Beach suggests that everything up the river has flushed out to Pittwater and Broken Bay.”
For the super keen…
The swell offshore is around 2 metres from dead South so not a lot of that is getting on to beaches, with choppy bumpy surf somewhere in the 1-2 metre range at the moment.  And the wind today is forecast to turn Easterly onshore, and the wave size will go down through the day.
Water temp is around 23.
Wave quality is ordinary.
Conditions are ordinary.
Water quality is sus.
Outlook is for small surf and onshore winds to continue through the week ahead… see TG’s forecast below..

Collaroy views

Posted on February 14th, 2020 in At large.

A few snaps of conditions on the Collaroy to Narrabeen stretch around 0930 this morning.

Ocean full of lines

Double overhead set at Northy

Swell still coming up and high tide 4 hours away….

Greenspeiple and bombie

White rock

White rock hoax right

Swell showing at Collaroy but not really surfable