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How keen are ya

Posted on September 15th, 2018 in At large.

Hello Friends

Down in Canberra this morning but I can see that the 1.5 metres of 6-8 sec north-NE wind swell is producing knee to waist plus at magnets. Water’s a chilly 16C and the light early morning north breeze is going to ramp up into the 15-25 kt range as the day warms. Late this evening the wind should be still going as hard, but it’ll be SW.

Tide’s currently running into the lunchtime high.

Outlook is for some south energy tomorrow but with strong SW wind. With luck the swell energy (I’m hoping on your behalf for shoulder plus sets) will stick around into Monday morning. Looks like we have a midweek fade to near flat, but with a slight hope for an uptick on Thursday-Friday…

Have a great day!

WRL’s 0630 pic shows the short period swell pushing in

Postcard: Nice beach day in the Netherlands

Posted on September 10th, 2018 in At large.
Not a lot happening surf wise at Den Haag Zuidstrand. .The Hague South Beach. .but a few tried hard.
Lots of people having fun at the beach. The entire cafe on the sand is dismantled every year before the Winter storms.

Beautiful day in NL

The Goat sends a postcard from Newquay

Posted on September 7th, 2018 in At large.

7pm ..onshore ..cold for an Aussie..and there’s a surf school on!


Lovely Newquay, UK

Postcard from the Isle of Wight

Posted on September 4th, 2018 in At large.

No surf at the main surfing beach. Lovely day though.

Smooth, glassy and little bumps for the early

Posted on September 1st, 2018 in At large.

Hello Friends,

Really tiny as this morning got started along the beaches. There’s a weak but clean little NE bump making itself felt at various places thanks to a metre or so of  6-8 second NE windswell along with a hint of south component. Sets at magnets were knee to waistish and it really looked like the floaty your equipment the better. Tide was low at 0540 and will be back to a 1.5 m high at noon. There was just a breath of NW wind.

There’s a strong wind warning for 15-25 kts of westerly later today. Swell doesn’t look like coming up at all today, so the plan is to hit it now before the westerlies and high tide knock it about.

Father’s Day is shaping to be southerly, cloudy and with a chance of showers. The Bureau says the southerly swell should pick up, but the wind will limit surf options pretty severely. Sorry about that fellow fathers!

The rest of the week is not currently looking too exciting. Basically onshores and small to medium size south swell. At this stage, Thursday morning looks about the best option.

Have a great Saturday everyone!

Longy, 0630: Struggled mightily to get into it, but couldn’t


Early morning Dee Why lagoon


A tiny slow moving little glassy peak at Kiddies 0625


Maybe with a bodyboard… tiny south Narrabeen 0620


Too small to surf at Gardens


NE lines in a coppery sea


Pretty little peak perking briefly at Northy, 0620

Weather Situation

Fresh to strong and gusty westerly winds expected over NSW coastal waters today in the wake of a cold front. A secondary cold front will see winds tend southerly during the weekend as a high develops to the west. Winds will then tend east to southeasterly in the new week as the high centre shifts into the Tasman Sea. A coastal trough is expected to form about the northern coast on Monday and linger on Tuesday.

Forecast for Saturday until midnight

Strong Wind Warning for Saturday for Sydney Coast

Westerly 15 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots offshore during the morning. Winds turning southwesterly during the afternoon and evening.
1.5 to 2.5 metres.
Northeasterly around 1 metre.

Sunday 2 September

Strong Wind Warning for Sunday for Sydney Coast

Southerly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 30 knots offshore early in the morning.
1.5 to 2.5 metres.
Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the morning.
Cloudy. 60% chance of showers.

Monday 3 September

South to southeasterly 15 to 20 knots tending east to southeasterly during the day.
1 to 1.5 metres.
Southerly 2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 2 metres during the afternoon or evening.
Cloudy. 80% chance of showers.

Marginal morning along the beaches

Posted on August 25th, 2018 in At large.

Hello Friends,

A steady NE wind, overcast skies dropping the occasional drop of rain but only a feeble and scrappy little SSE-NE combo swell making itself felt along the beaches this morning. The MHL buoy was seeing 1.7 m at 10 seconds, but I didn’t see too many wave faces in that range when I checked conditions around 0730. Tide wasn’t a big issue as the 0740 peak is a modest 1.3 m. It’ll be back to a lowish 0.48 m at 1315. Water temp has dropped to 16°C.

Wind should pick up later in the day, while the swell seems unlikely to improve in any respect.

According to most of the models, outlook for the week ahead is not red hot for Sun-Tue but Weds-Thr looks hopeful on a couple of the predictions.

Have a top old Saturday!

Rainy day coming up


Soft little peak briefly stands up at No Mans 0640


Long Reef shories for the keen


Kiddies set at 0640


Northy flickering iweakly at 0635


South Narrabeen unoccupied


Fishing maybe the better plan

Weather Situation

A high pressure system lies over the western Tasman Sea whilst a low pressure system and associated trough lie over the far northwest of the state. North to northeasterly winds will freshen as the low moves east this weekend. Late on Sunday winds are forecast to turn southerly along the southern half as the trough moves into the Tasman Sea. Southerly winds are then expected to extend along the coast during Monday as a complex low pressure system forms over the Tasman Sea.

Forecast for Saturday until midnight

North to northeasterly 15 to 20 knots turning northerly during the day.
1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres offshore.
Southeasterly around 1 metre.
Cloudy. 90% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Sunday 26 August

Northerly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots offshore in the late morning. Winds shifting west to southwesterly in the evening.
1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres by early evening.
Southerly around 1 metre.
Cloudy. 80% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm offshore in the early morning.

Monday 27 August

West to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots tending south to southwesterly 15 to 25 knots during the morning.
1 to 2 metres.
Southerly 1 to 2 metres.
Partly cloudy. 60% chance of showers.

Postcards from this morning

Posted on August 23rd, 2018 in At large.

Hello Friends,

On the Pacificc Highway headed home as I write this. Got up this morning to find the point at Crescent Head just flickering. There wasn’t anything at the top of the point, but out from the clubhouse the SUP riders were dominating the occasional waist high waves.

Charging one at Crescent 0730 

Decided to look in at North Haven on the off chance there’d be something interesting. No one in the water and a few locals messing about in the carpark told the story. The open beach had waves, but no discernible peaks and up next to the breakwall there were occasional little sections, but they were very few and far between.

Plausible little section North Haven

Bonny Hills mal waves with the odd interesting one.

Around lunch time we pulled off the road for a look at Old Bar and the point. The open stretches were just starting to blow out and the point was pretty small (again, the SUPs had the best of it). We did see a spectacular Regent Bowerbird, but of course the camera was not to hand.

SUP riders messing about at Saltwater 1045

The point looking marginal at low tide…

Postcards from the mid-north Coast

Posted on August 22nd, 2018 in At large.

Just some happy snaps to share from this morning…

Racecourse to himself just before noon

Some old geezer from Sydney at Racecourse

Deceptively pretty (they were small but fun on a mal)

Not too busy

Size but no takers

This was getting overwhelmed by the swell even as Crescent Head was too tiny to surf

Hopeful start at Crescent

Posted on August 22nd, 2018 in At large.

Hello Friends,

Cold but beautiful morning on the mid-north coast. Swell still mostly missing the point at Crescent, but there should be energy elsewhere, so going for a look around shortly with, I hope, pics to follow later.

Decision time

Postcards from Crescent Head

Posted on August 21st, 2018 in At large.

It may be 2.8 metres at 12 seconds out at sea, but coming from 160 degrees means that the swell is pushing past the point at Crescent Head. It’s quite annoying to see a solid overhead set at Pebbly Beach, but when it gets to the top of the point it just fats out and slides off to the north. Inside it’s right on the edge of too small to catch. The more exposed beaches have some size but the onshore is making a mess of the conditions. So it appears we’ve struck out so far. The Goat said he thought I was being a bit optimistic. Ah well, it’s still nice to be up here and who knows… maybe tomorrow we’ll find something. In the meantime, a few postcards…

Really tiny at Crescent this afternoon

Pebbly Beach seeing swell

Know this view?

Set arrives south side of Crescent head headland

Same set as the other pic, but this spilled wide and was totally unsurfable a few seconds later


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