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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.


Curly and Dee Why on high tide

Posted on August 9th, 2017 in At large.

At 0900 tide was getting close to high and it wasn’t helping the waves at Curl Curl. Yes the faces were up to chest high or better but they were so fat people just couldn’t get into em. The action shot below was taken just off the sand where for a few seconds it briefly stood up…

Burger at Curly south

At Dee Why you could with a fair amount of hard paddling get into the slow fat but pretty offshore sets. Maybe in another few hours…


Look around to find a little something

Posted on August 5th, 2017 in At large.

Hello Friends,
Clear skies, winter chill, light NW wind and a tiny, sub-1 metre 12-sec SE swell coming in as the Saturday got started. Tide was a 1.3 metre high at 0640 and is now dropping to the low at 1220. It was too small to surf from Collaroy to North Narrabeen, although there was a little knee high peak trying to happen for a couple of keen punters at the alley. Along the Dee Why to Longy stretch the only surfable waves were the waist high specimens appearing from about No Mans to just north of the Lugga. They were pretty fat and slow looking, so the plan would be to take the mal – or your nearest equivalent.
Should be sunny all day and the wind is expected to ramp up from the W-NW – which probably won’t do the tiny swell any favours…
From the shape of this morning’s run of the models, it looks as though we’re in for nearly flat today followed by a couple of days of flatness before, potentially, a south pulse on Tuesday. But it looks like the energy will stay offshore on the Bureau’s modelling. Still, with any luck we’ll have at least a little something mid week…
Have a top old Saturday everyone!

Jagging one north of the Pole at 0645

Flat along most of the Collaroy-Narra stretch, but tiny peak at Northy

Near the lugga it was a mal fest at 0645

Bomb set stands up for a sec near the lugga

Weather Situation
A high pressure system lies to the north as a cold front passes over southern waters today and another on Monday. These systems will direct a northwest to southwest flow over New South Wales waters, vigorous at times over southern and central parts.
Forecast for Saturday until midnight
Strong Wind Warning for Saturday for Sydney Coast
Winds
West to northwesterly 15 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots during the morning and early afternoon.
Seas
2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres by early evening.
Swell
Southeasterly below 1 metre.
Weather
Sunny.
Sunday 6 August
Winds
Northwesterly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots offshore during the day.
Seas
1.5 to 2.5 metres.
Swell
East to southeasterly below 1 metre.
Weather
Sunny.
Monday 7 August
Winds
North to northwesterly 20 to 25 knots tending west to northwesterly 20 to 30 knots during the morning.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres offshore.
Swell
Easterly below 1 metre.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 20% chance of a shower.


Curly and Dee Why flat too

Posted on July 31st, 2017 in At large.

Hello Friends
You can write off surfing this morning. It’s flat everywhere – and choppy.
The SW’ly should kick in this afternoon and by tomorrow be going strongly. At the same time this morning’s forecast from the Bureau confirms what the models have been saying for awhile now, namely that we should see a south pulse fill in tonight and be obvious tomorrow. It looks like being just short period stuff, so only the magnets are likely to see anything of interest — and they have to be friendly to the strong SW wind as well. The models show the swell staying around the 2 metre mark through Friday, but the average period doesn’t look likely to improve significantly. A mixed bag really and I’m not expecting all time conditions anywhere – just hoping it’ll be somewhat surfable somewhere.
Have a great Monday everyone!

Massive set wave at south Curly 0745


Weather Situation
As a cold front moves off the New South Wales coast today, a low pressure system will develop over the southwestern Tasman Sea. This low is expected to deepen later today before moving rapidly east away from the coast tonight and through Tuesday. A vigorous south to southwesterly change will extend along the coast as the low moves offshore. Winds will gradually ease later on Tuesday and through Wednesday as a weak high pressure system briefly develops across the state. An inland trough and low pressure system are forecast to move across the state on Thursday, reaching coastal waters by Thursday evening.
Forecast for Monday until midnight
Gale Warning for Monday for Sydney Coast
Winds
South to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots tending east to northeasterly 15 to 20 knots in the morning. Winds shifting wets to southwesterly 20 to 30 knots in the afternoon, and reaching up to 35 knots offshore in the evening.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the afternoon.
Swell
Northeasterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Cloudy. 90% chance of rain and the chance of a thunderstorm from late this morning.
Tuesday 1 August
Strong Wind Warning for Tuesday for Sydney Coast
Winds
Southwesterly 20 to 30 knots, tending south to southwesterly 20 to 25 knots in the afternoon.
Seas
2 to 3 metres.
1st Swell
Southerly 1 to 2 metres, increasing to 2.5 to 3 metres during the morning, then tending south to southeasterly 3 metres during the afternoon.
2nd Swell
Northeasterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 60% chance of showers offshore, 20% chance elsewhere.
Wednesday 2 August
Winds
Southerly 15 to 20 knots becoming variable about 10 knots during the day.
Seas
1 to 2 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the afternoon.
Swell
Southerly 2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the afternoon or evening.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 30% chance of a shower.


Dialled up

Posted on July 22nd, 2017 in At large.

Hello Friends,
At daybreak the wind was coming from the west at a steady 10 kts and temp was about 8 degrees under mostly clear skies. Swell is out of the SSE at 13 seconds and out at sea it’s 3 metres. Along the beaches it’s probably 3 metres on faces at exposed spots, maybe even a bit bigger than that on the bombs. Dee Why and Collaroy were really the only surf options I saw this morning on my radio report run. Both were intensely crowded at 0700 but Collaroy was around waist high while Dee Why was solidly overhead on the bigger ones.
Outlook is for the swell to peak this morning but to remain solid for another 24 hours at least. Wind should be offshore too. Know your limits!
Tide was a 1.46m high at 0710 and is now dropping to the 0.36m low at 1250.
Have a great Saturday everyone and I’ll try to grab a few pics of the action to share later.

Pocketed at the point 0700

Late take off not ending well at the point

Empty up the beach

No surfing at Northy this morning


Weather Situation
The combination of a deep low pressure system near New Zealand and a high over southeast Australia is directing fresh southerly winds along the New South Wales coast today. The high will move to the state’s northeast later today, with most coastal areas returning to light to moderate winds. On Sunday winds are expected to freshen and shift westerly as a cold front skims across the south, easing again on Monday as the high across the north reasserts its dominance. A more significant cold front is forecast to affect the region mid-week.
Forecast for Saturday until midnight
Winds
West to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots turning northwesterly during the morning. Winds reaching up to 20 knots offshore in the late evening.
Seas
Around 1 metre.
Swell
Southerly 3 metres, tending southeasterly 3 to 4 metres during the morning, then decreasing to 3 metres during the afternoon.
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 23 July
Winds
Northwesterly 15 to 25 knots tending westerly in the late evening.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the afternoon.
Swell
Southeasterly 2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the afternoon.
Weather
Sunny.
Caution
Large and powerful surf conditions in the morning are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.
Monday 24 July
Winds
West to southwesterly 15 to 25 knots.
Seas
1 to 2 metres.
Swell
South to southeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres, reaching 2 metres offshore during the afternoon.
Weather
Mostly sunny.


It’s a lake

Posted on July 19th, 2017 in At large.

Hello Friends,
Minimal swell plus days of offshores has delivered us near perfect flatness this morning. At 0700 there was no way you’d catch anything, anywhere along the beaches. There was less than half a metre of 3-second north breeze bump.
The good news? This should be the nadir of the flatness according to the Bureau. Energy levels should gradually increase slightly by the end of the day and then overnight a south pulse should start to fill in and tomorrow morning the call is for 2-3 metres of swell with strong SW wind. And the models are still showing the 10-12 sec south to SSE swell staying above the 2 metre mark into Sunday.
But for now, it’s flat as a tack.
Enjoy your Wednesday everyone!

Weather Situation
A deepening, slow moving low in the Tasman will direct a vigorous cool southwesterly airstream over New South Wales on Wednesday and Thursday. As a low stalls near New Zealand, a high will expand from the west to be centred over the state on Friday and Saturday with winds becoming light by the weekend.
Forecast for Wednesday until midnight
Strong Wind Warning for Wednesday for Sydney Coast
Winds
Westerly 15 to 25 knots turning southwesterly 20 to 25 knots during the afternoon and evening. Winds reaching up to 30 knots in the evening.
Seas
1.5 to 2.5 metres.
Swell
Below 0.5 metres, tending south to southwesterly 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 70% chance of showers offshore, near zero chance elsewhere.
Thursday 20 July
Strong Wind Warning for Thursday for Sydney Coast
Winds
Southwesterly 25 to 30 knots tending west to southwesterly 20 to 25 knots in the morning then becoming southwesterly 25 to 30 knots in the late afternoon.
Seas
2 to 3 metres.
Swell
Southerly 2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 2 metres during the afternoon, then increasing to 2 to 3 metres by early evening.
Weather
Mostly sunny. 50% chance of showers offshore, near zero chance elsewhere.
Friday 21 July
Winds
Southwesterly 20 to 30 knots turning southerly during the day.
Seas
2 to 3 metres.
1st Swell
Southerly 2 to 3 metres, increasing to 2.5 to 4 metres offshore.
2nd Swell
Southeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing below 0.5 metres during the afternoon.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 60% chance of showers.


 

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