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Had a look at the south end of Manly and the Bower and then stopped by Whiterock and Collaroy to see if anything was surfable. I guess if you’re super keen there are junk burgers to be had, but for the less motivated it looks like a great day to catch up with friends.
Collaroy, Don's surfin' pics, Top stories.
After shooting the big stuff at Dee Why and Long Reef, I went around the corner to see if anything was getting into Collaroy. Sure enough, there were waves. They weren’t very big, but every now and then something kind of interesting came through the Kick. So I shot folks having fun until I filled up the memory card. As usual, click the pic below to visit the gallery.
Collaroy, Long Reef.
The good thing about this strong southerly we have at the moment is that it will spike the swell up for a period, be it only short. The wind is expected to ease Saturday as is the swell. Its southern ends only. There is a small wave down at Collaroy. It may get bigger with the dropping of the tide and slight increase in swell. Dee Why have some waves for the real keen surfer but it is fairly bumpy. Long Reef is good for kite surfers only. Surf Photos of You.
The Kick at Collaroy which maybe the only place rideable this morning. About 3 – 4 foot.
Big Picture, Collaroy, Dee Why, North Narrabeen, South Narrabeen.
Went out for a look around once I had the light. The numbers look up okay – east swell, 3 metres at an average of 9 seconds – and the wind’s not going too hard. But… the surface is still lumpy, the swell isn’t lining up too well at all. Despite the energy levels, I didn’t really see too many waves being caught.
It says something about the conditions that the usually busy Northy had only a few diehards in for the early. There was one tow-in team looking around for something to pull into near Gardens. But it was slim pickings and after finding the wave in my picture, they headed off to pastures new.
Collaroy had little lines but no takers. It looks very flabby indeed and the water (as everywhere else) is pretty ordinary looking.
Longy, well, the picture says it all. Not the swell direction for it.
Dee Why beach looked basically unsurfable, but there were a few in at the point. I had to wait quite awhile before someone managed to jag one. It went for a few seconds and faded out. Not exactly all time.
From the shape of the various interpretations of the WAMs, it looks as though we should still have about the same size and energy levels through today. The prospect is for a gradual decline, probably beginning overnight – when we’re also due to get a little south change. The change isn’t supposed to persist, so maybe we could get lucky tomorrow morning in Sydney.
The fetch that created this swell looks as though it will dissipate this weekend, so next week is not currently looking too flash. Indeed, it could be back to summertime flatness by Wednesday.
Have yourself a top old day and go well!
Tides: L @0810, H @1400
Sydney Coastal Waters, Broken Bay to Port Hacking and 60nm seawards:
Friday until midnight: Wind: N/NE 15/20 knots, increasing to 20/25 knots in the evening.Sea: 1.5 to 2.5 metres.Swell: E/NE about 2 metres. Chance thunderstorms.
Saturday: Wind: Early S change 10/15 knots, turning E/NE 10/15 knots in the afternoon, then increasing to 15/20 knots later.Sea: 1 to 1.5 metres Swell: E/NE about 2 metres. chance thunderstorms.
Sunday: Wind: NE 10/20 knots.
At large, Collaroy.
Had one of those days when I just couldn’t reconcile my hopes with the reality. You know the deal I’m sure. Looked at Dee Why point, Collaroy, the Bower and Manly. None could persuade me to pull on the wetty.
It was a funny sort of day. There were waves around and in some places pretty big, but the quality just wasn’t enough to entice this correspondent.
I took pictures at Dee Why and Collaroy, but I didn’t get too many keepers. Waves were sectiony, often flabby and with the grey skies, rarely photogenic.
Still, I did pick out a couple to share. I took them with a Canon 7D that I have in for review at the moment. I like the speedy autofocus and the built in HD video is kinda cool as well. In fact, as an experiment I shot a wave at Dee Why which should be viewable below I hope.
By the time it got dark, the swell had moved slightly more to the SE. The period is hovering around the 9 second mark and the average size at sea is a touch over 3 metres.
I’m therefore quite confident that we’ll have something again tomorrow. The latest call from the Bureau for the Sydney region is for 20-30 kts of S-SW wind early, but it’s due to swing S-SE during the morning. Given that the tide’s going to be high early, we could face similar challenges vis a vis quality.
Here’s hoping Huey will smile upon us all!
Still a bit messy but some size to it. The pics make it look better than it actually is… Tomorrow prob be improved. Wind howling at 30+ knots from the SW, gusts to past 40. I’d give it a miss today.
At large, Collaroy, Dee Why, Fairy Bower, Manly, South Narrabeen.
Bit of a mixed bag this morning. I started my survey of options with a visit to Manly. Not many in the water along the beach but looked like a fair few at the Bower early. Beachy was producing some very, very nice looking set waves, but you’d be doing a bit of work if you got caught inside and as a consequence it was not excessively populated. Looked to be waves from one of the beach to the other.
Didn’t check Freshy, but did have a look at Curly. Couldn’t see anyone in the water from the middle of the beach south. Too glarey to see the north end but I’d be surprised if there was much quality given the look of the rest of the beach. Big, but disorganised and chaotic looking for the early.
Over the hill at Dee Why the situation was much the same. Swell was overwhelming the point and the beachy just looked messy and big and confused. Every now and then you could jag one of the medium size ones at the point (too big and they just close out across to the top of the super peak). Only a small crew in the water for the early.
Up at Collaroy things were pretty ho-hum. You could get a left back from the pipe, but the swell needs more north to really get going. Nothing much getting into the Kick. A sole tow-in was working out at Centuries…
Last stop on the run-around was a visit to south Narrabeen. Only a couple bods in the water there and for good reason. Very high percentage were shutdowns and they’re big and quite heavy so you really don’t want to be in the impact zone for any length of time. Had to wait 10 minutes to get a shot of a person on a wave – and then I forgot the autofocus wasn’t on… d’oh!
Looked like quite a crew up at Northy as well.
At large, Collaroy, Curl Curl.
Decided to do a quick survey of a few nearby beaches before it got dark. First stop was Mactier street to see if anything was showing along the Collaroy-Narrabeen stretch. Twas very small along the Gardens to Collaroy zone. Only saw one person in the water, and they didn’t manage to latch on to any of the waist high sets coming in. Although I didn’t keep going north, I grabbed a shot looking up toward Northy. From the backs evident in the shot, I’m guessing there were some pretty okay size sets coming into the teeth of the stiff and cold offshore winds.
Hooked down to Curly to get another fix on the swell energy levels. Just glanced at Longy and Dee Why on the way past, and it was plain that the swell had jumped quite a bit since lunchtime. Around at Curly there were a fair number of bods in the water both at the south and north ends. Damn chilly standing there taking pictures, so I can only imagine how toasty they would’ve been in the water! Sets were pushing into the head high range and it seemed to be quite consistent.
The forecast for tomorrow morning hasn’t shifted much. It’ll be windier early, maybe slackening off a little in the middle of the day and then coming up again in the afternoon. The models reckon we should be seeing some 3-4 metre 10sec south swell across the next couple days. It’ll be pretty sharpish tomorrow for the early – the Bureau is currently calling for a low of 6 degrees (it’s supposed to warm up to 16 later).
First tide of the day will be a low at 442am. The high will be 1.2 metres at 1034.
Sydney Coastal Waters, Broken Bay to Port Hacking and 60nm seawards:
Wednesday until midnight: Wind: SW 25/35 knots, 30/40 knots offshore.Sea: 2.5 to 4 metres. Swell: S/SE around 2 metres.
Thursday: Wind: S/SW 20/30 knots, reaching 35 knots offshore early and again late. Sea: 2.5 to 3.5 metres.Swell: S 2 to 3 metres.
Friday: Wind: SW 10/20 knots, 25 knots offshore early, easing during the day and tending NW late.
Saturday: Wind: NW winds 10/20 knots.
Gee, I’m kinda thirsty after all that running around and typing and stuff… wouldn’t mind a coffee… or maybe a Coopers… 🙂
Watched Coll-Narra stretch for awhile this morning, took some pics, but due to glitch, can’t upload them until later. Very heavy at Gardens, heaps in at Northy, with wave faces ranging from head high to well overhead. More approachable down at Collaroy where sets aren’t much above the shoulder high range. That’d be one of the few places suitable for intermediates. Couldn’t recommend anywhere I’ve seen to beginners. Going out to take a few snaps and will probably file a vid report at some point, so check to see if the date bottom right has changed.