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PICS: Saturday morning cooking at Cooks

Posted on July 24th, 2010 in Click! Pics for folk, Cooks Tce, Top stories.

Looked around for somewhere to photograph on Saturday morning before it clouded over and ended up tramping down to the sands of Cooks Terrace. A crew was having a lash at the heavily shutting down conditions. Every now and then a wave would come through so I popped off a few frames with a Canon 5D MKII and a Nikon D90. As usual, click on the image and you’ll be taken to a full size version. To make it yours, look for the “add to cart” link at the top when you get there.

Cooks Terrace 24 July 2010 0815-0900 – Images by Don Norris

A Saturday with waves…whadya know

Posted on July 24th, 2010 in Cooks Tce, Dee Why.

Hello Friends,

Since I have Canon’s schmick 5D MkII and a 100-400mm lens to test (good being a photo mag editor!) at the moment, I wandered around looking for waves to take pictures of. Found some at Cooks Tce where a small group were basically risking board and limb to get into some very crunchy sections. Shutdown percentage was very high, so even after 45 minutes, I didn’t have all that many snaps to show for my efforts. The light went flat and the shutdowns seemed to be around the 9 out of 10 mark, so I came back to the office to process the results. Here’s a sample from what will eventually be a gallery…

If you were up for the early this morning, you were in with an excellent chance of scoring something at your favourite SE spot. Basically if you got waves there yesterday, go back again because Huey’s pretty much left the settings unchanged since yesterday. At Dee Why that means somewhat setty conditions but the big ones are getting into the shoulder high range at least. And while there was a shower headed toward it while I looked, the wind wasn’t a factor.

As the Goat’s forecast noted, we should see the swell gradually run out of puff over the next 24 hours. Go now if you can because it currently looks as though we’ve got a week of marginal conditions coming up.

Have yourself a good one!

Sydney Coastal Waters, Broken Bay to Port Hacking and 60nm seawards:
Saturday until midnight: Wind: South to southwesterly 5 to 10 knots.Sea: Below 1 metre.Swell: Southeasterly about 2 metres.
Sunday: Wind: Southeast to southwesterly 5 to 10 knots tending northwest to southwesterly around midday then becoming southwesterly 10 to 15 knots later in the evening.Sea: Below 1 metre.Swell: Southeasterly 1.5 metres.
Monday: Wind: South to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots tending west to southwesterly up to 10 knots during the afternoon then tending west to northwesterly during the evening.

Lazy Sunday afternoon

Posted on July 19th, 2009 in Avalon, Big Picture, Cooks Tce, North Narrabeen.

Hello Friends,

Coming back from kid soccer around noon, I had a look at the waves in Avalon, Cooks and Northy. All were very small, but people were out having a go anyway because it was just such a fantastic day. Mild, sunny, light offshores… if only we had a couple more feet of swell.

Biggest set I saw might’ve been waist high on the take off. Mostly though it was smaller than that.

The models have turned rather pessimistic for the coming week. I think we’ll be doing well to find anything much in Sydney. The seasons are gradually changing. I hope the super computers are wrong on this one, but as usual, we shall see what we see!

Lunchtime fun one at Av.

Lunchtime fun one at Av.

Just the equipment to sort out this little peak at Cooks

Just the equipment to sort out this little peak at Cooks

Very tiny little waves rolling ashore at noon.

Very tiny little waves rolling ashore at noon.

Quick litte one zips over a shallow bank.

Quick litte one zips over a shallow bank.

Dee Why to Bungan report 10:45am

Posted on April 9th, 2009 in Bungan, Collaroy, Cooks Tce, Dee Why, Gardens, Mona Vale, North Narrabeen, South Narrabeen, Warriewood.

Drove from Dee Why to Bungan earlier this morning, checking everything along the way and the tip is South Narrabeen, although you’re way to late to avoid the crowd that’s gathered.

Lots of quick, zippey barrels, quite a few close-outs and mountains of seaweed on the inside, but some great waves. Not much happening anywhere else though should improve as the tide drops.



Mona & Cooks looks

Posted on February 28th, 2009 in At large, Cooks Tce, Mona Vale.

Had a look at the Mona to Warriewood stretch around 0900. Plenty of swell on tap, but the situation at the Mona end looked fairly chaotic. There were folks out in it, but they were doing a lot of work chasing the odd reasonable section. Not that it was a bad thing to be doing on the last morning of summer. And when someone found a clean one, they were rewarded with a bit of push.

Down at Cooks Terrace the size was about the same (ie around the shoulder high mark), but it was quite a challenge to extract a decent section. Dunno if it was the tide or what, but the bank was not being too productive for the dedicated few who were bobbing around out there.

Late arvo update: Wazza to Mona

Posted on February 27th, 2009 in Big Picture, Cooks Tce, Warriewood.
Just before it got crowded... Cooks Tce offering a few fun ones.

Just before it got crowded... Cooks Tce offering a few fun ones.

Running a bit late with the late arvo update! Oh well. Had a look at the Warriewood to Mona stretch at around 5pm. There were quite a few bods in the water up at Warriewood. but only a few up toward the more wind exposed Mona Vale. If you didn’t mind a bit of chop and breeze, it actually looked fairly fun. I wouldn’t exaggerate the quality, but when the water’s this warm, any wave is a good wave, isn’t it?

Grabbed the snap above while taking pictures of some paragliders at Cooks Tce. There were only a few people on a little peak down below the cliffs, but when I headed home, a bunch of folks turned up and were running down to join them.

Swell has drifted more around to the SE. It’s still about a metre but the average period has bumped up ever so slightly to a still-marginal 7 seconds.

Wind this evening was pretty light. Only around 6-8 kts from the ENE.

Tide is still rising, and tomorrow will start out with a rising tide as well, peaking at 1009.

Here’s the Bureau’s latest call

Sydney Coastal Waters, Broken Bay to Port Hacking and 60nm seawards:
Friday until midnight: Wind: E/NE 8/13 knotsSea: about 1 metre.Swell: SE 1.5 metres.
Saturday: Wind: NW 8/13 knots tending N/NE 10/15 knots in the afternoon, then turning E/SE in the evening.Sea: below 1 metre rising to 1 to 1.5 metres.Swell: SE 1 to 1.5 metres.
Sunday: Wind: Early S/SE change 20/25 knots.
Monday: Wind: E/SE 10/20 knots.

Saturday Snaps Cooks to Northy

Posted on August 16th, 2008 in At large, Cooks Tce, North Narrabeen, Warriewood.

Hello Friends,

Did a lot of shooting but no surfing – and you’re the beneficiary! First up, pics from Cooks to Northy…

Mid-arvo, Sunday & a few tiny ones

Posted on August 10th, 2008 in At large, Cooks Tce, North Narrabeen.

Hello Friends

Out and about on errands of one sort or another and made sure I stopped by the beach to grab you a snap or three. After a bitterly cold change at lunchtime, this afternoon cleared up pretty nicely along the northern beaches. A stiff offshore breeze was making the tiny scraps of south swell look their best. But there were very few takers. Three or four at Cooks Terrace, a few up toward Mona Vale, and half a dozen in at Northy. Cutest peak was the little right hander that showed some nice form before it snapped over on the bank. Got a nice pocket shot of a cat on a longboard. The alley right was fat and little and slow, but it was putting smiles on a few dials anyway. And iron guy of the day award goes to the guy bodysurfing in boardies and flippers at the alley. He picked up a couple impressively long lefts too. Impressive skill.

Hope you’ve had yourself a top old Sunday!

Here’s some pics…