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Postcards from up north

Posted on May 14th, 2018 in Crescent Head.

Dusk at Pebbly Beach, Crescent Head

Little lines at the end of the day

Small but not totally flat at Crescent Head this afternoon

Swell mostly pushing past the point this afternoon because it’s just too south.

Set wave around 430 Monday afternoon

There’s a bodyboarder in there. North Haven shories about noon.

A frame situation at North Haven around midday Monday.

Bonny Hills lines 1240 Monday


Postcards from Crescent Head

Posted on May 2nd, 2018 in Crescent Head.

Interesting position for the feet…not sure it’ll work

 

Bomb set (saw one of these about every 20 mins)

 

The beachy well attended but tiny as well

 

Swell fading out

 

Slo-mo lines at the point around 1000

TUESDAY…

A little more activity on Tuesday morning at the beachy

Fun size sets at the point 0645

 

Sunrise at Crescent Head

 

Knee to chest with plusses on Tuesday morning


Crescent dribbly but not flat

Posted on March 20th, 2014 in Crescent Head.

Hello Friends,

Not to worry. You’re not missing much at Crescent Head this morning. The joint may be overflowing with boomer longboarders (there’s a comp this weekend), but only about 10 people could be bothered having a go at the knee to waist high gutless dribble. Happily we got in a couple of times yesterday (see vid below from the morning sesh), so we’re being philosophical about the situation. Might go for a paddle just to get wet later.

Sydney’s got about a metre of 12 sec SE swell, with light NE wind as of 0900. It feels a bit more SSE up here, and the size is about the same at sea, but Crowdy Head is reporting about 9 sec periods – hence the gutlessness. Although the wind forecast is dour for us, the swell should start to perk overnight, so we’re gonna stick around just in case.

A few days ago the swell models were projecting substantial swell for Sunday, but they’ve gone off the boil this morning. This isn’t to say it looks bad or anything, far from it, but it probably won’t be gun worthy. Still, there could be solidly overhead sets at east spots, particularly on Monday, so that’s not too awful a prospect.

Have yourself a great day and keep on smilin’!

At 0830 only 10 people in the water - for obvious reasons.

At 0830 only 10 people in the water – for obvious reasons.


After hopping madly to keep his speed up, he spends it all in final whack.

After hopping madly to keep his speed up, he spends it all in final whack.

Weak and junky conditions at Crescent Head this am

Weak and junky conditions at Crescent Head this am

Forecast issued at 4:10 am EDT on Thursday 20 March 2014.
Weather Situation
A weak trough lies just offshore through central part of the coast this morning before dissipating as a high pressure system moves over the the southern Tasman Sea later today. A southwest change is expected to reach southern waters late on Friday before moving slowly northward along the coast. This change is expected to weaken over central parts of the coast later in the weekend.
Forecast for Thursday until midnight
Winds
Easterly 10 to 15 knots, reaching up to 20 knots offshore early in the morning. Winds turning northeasterly in the afternoon.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the morning.
Swell
Easterly around 1 metre, tending south to southeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning, then tending southerly around 1 metre during the afternoon.
Weather
Scattered thunderstorms, becoming less likely in the early afternoon, then becoming more likely at night.
Friday 21 March
Winds
North to northeasterly 15 to 20 knots.
Seas
Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
Swell
Easterly around 1 metre.
Saturday 22 March
Winds
Northerly 15 to 25 knots decreasing to 10 to 15 knots during the evening.
Seas
1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing below 1.5 metres during the morning.
Swell
Easterly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Weather
Isolated thunderstorms.


Up the coast at Crescent

Posted on March 19th, 2014 in At large, Crescent Head.

Hello Friends,

With the swell fading away, and a happy coincidence of schedules, RS reporter of yore, PB and I headed north last night to set ourselves up for some mal riding at Crescent this am. Fortunately the forecast was pretty close and we woke to glassy little knee to chest plus lines at the point. Poi-fect!

It was a bit busy though. It may be midweek in the shoulder season but the caravan park was pretty full and there were always at least 30 folks in the line up. Apparently it was insane on Monday when the swell was macking up this way. 100 plus in the water apparently. So much for the uncrowded north coast.

I wore my funky homemade GoPro rig when we went out, so the water pics are all framegrabs from the video footage. I’ll try hacking it together to share later.

From the look of the MHL data, Sydney and Crescent are around the same size – ie about a metre at 11 seconds apart. Outlook is for the wave size to hang around at about this level for another day before it begins to pick up again on Friday and into Saturday. The forecast models are still showing a juicy swell event for Sunday-Tuesday as we get another east pulse. Some of the estimates have it bigger than last weekend, some smaller, but it seems head high plus-plus is not an unreasonable conservative guess. And it could be nutty big too…

Wind’s a bit of question mark, but from the way things are shaping now, it looks as though the mornings of the big swell event could be okay…

Have yourself a top old Wednesday everyone!

Glassy with occasional chest high sets.

Glassy with occasional chest high sets.

Good to see a mate on a wave - unless you haven't had one yet!

Good to see a mate on a wave – unless you haven’t had one yet!

The bigger ones were a hoot on the mal.

The bigger ones were a hoot on the mal.

About half way through a 30-sec ride

About half way through a 30-sec ride

A touch smaller than this am, but still catchable.

A touch smaller than this am, but still catchable.

You could do worse.

You could do worse.

Forecast for Wednesday until midnight
Winds
South to southwesterly 10 to 20 knots in the morning then tending south to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the late afternoon.
Seas
Around 1 metre.
Swell
Easterly below 1 metre.
Weather
Isolated thunderstorms from early this afternoon.
Thursday 20 March
Winds
Variable about 10 knots becoming easterly 10 to 15 knots in the middle of the day then tending northeasterly in the evening.
Seas
Around 1 metre.
Swell
Easterly around 1 metre, tending south to southeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning, then tending southerly around 1 metre during the afternoon.
Weather
The chance of thunderstorms from the late morning.
Friday 21 March
Winds
Northeasterly 15 to 20 knots increasing to 20 to 25 knots during the evening.
Seas
Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the afternoon.
Swell
Easterly around 1 metre.
Please be aware
Wind gusts can be 40 percent stronger than the averages given here, and maximum waves may be up to twice the height.
Nearby Coastal Waters


On Surfari: heading home day & one last sesh

Posted on May 2nd, 2010 in Crescent Head, On the road.

Hello Friends,

Slept under the stars last night at Crescent Head (thanks Timbo!) and once again the noise from the beach convinced us that the swell was picking up. It’d been awful small when we checked Scotts Head on the way south yesterday afternoon (no sand in the corner, so the joint needs some serious swell to work atm). Crescent didn’t look much good either as the sun set on Saturday.

First light revealed that the swell hadn’t changed much, but at least the junky NE wind of last night was gone and it was glassy smooth. We paddled out shortly after the sun came over the horizon and there were already 40 people up the point from us. Looked like a lot of us were on the other side of 50 too.

It was fairly setty, but being crescent, if you were on a mal, it was possible to make 100 m + things that weren’t much above thigh high. Every now and then a bit bigger set would turn up to keep things interesting. Invariably there’d be someone on ’em, but if you were patient and picked where the waves were backing off or sectioning, there were opportunities aplenty – despite the crowd.

Tapping this out as we’re driving south. The Telstra wireless is cutting in and out heaps on the stretch between Kempsey and Taree… not sure if we’ll make any more stops now… that NE’r will be knocking things about at most places. Might just keep rolling for home.

Go well with your Sunday!


On Surfari: Old Bar and Crescent Head

Posted on April 26th, 2010 in Crescent Head.

Hello late evening fans,

Set off on my biennial surfari with mate Guy this morning. (We first started doing these trips back in 1977!). We left Sydney with some pretty tasty looking conditions early and were therefore hopeful about what we’d find. We checked the situation at Old Bar around 1400. Winds were good at the point, but there was no hint of swell, so we pushed onward, hoping to find something at Crescent before the light went away.

What we found was extremely small, but not totally flat conditions. Fortunately we have mals as well as short boards, so we went for a splash. It was very inconsistent and rarely above knee high, but there were three or four sets, so against the evidence of our senses, we’re nurturing hopes for tomorrow…

Here’s the wave of the late arvo session… it came in while we were getting ready to go out…