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After shooting at North Narrabeen, I decided to see what might be happening at Fairy Bower. I stuck around for an hour and got a few shots… were you amongst it?
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At large, Fairy Bower, Mona Vale, North Narrabeen.
Just a quick wrap for ya on Friday.
I started the morning with a hike up to North Narrabeen to see how the swell was going. It had looked too messy and unphotogenic at Dee Why and I was confident the east swell would be lining up nicely at the old Northy. And it was. So I shot there for longer than I probably should of, but they were such good waves… good to see both Terry Fitz and Mr. Thruster himself, the peerless Simon Anderson in the water. Got a few frames of both too. Here are some samples…
After tearing myself away from Northy, I made my way to another east swell magnet, the mighty Mona Vale. Turned out not to be quite in Northy’s league, but there were a lot fewer folks in the water and some of the sets were looking kinda tasty so I set up the camera and shot for an half an hour or so. The swell was less consistent and the bombs weren’t quite as big. Later, when I got a chance to look at the MHL data, it was apparent that the average size of the swell at sea had dropped close to a 0.5 metre from the 3m peak earlier. Here’s a sample for ya…
After Mona Vale, I looped through Dee Why to grab some sushi and to have a quick squizz. Still didn’t look that clean and no one was in the water at the point, so I decided to see what was what down Manly way. Figured there might be something at the Bower and there was. However the wind was chopping it up a bit and while I watched there didn’t seem to be the energy level of up north. So I shot for awhile and then decided I might as well get wet myself. Rather than drive around any more, I just grabbed the 7S and paddled across to the Bower. It seemed to improve a bit and we were definitely getting the odd set with a wave face into the 8-10 foot range. Jagged a few more for my lifetime total and enjoyed myself despite the large-ish crowd. Anyhoo, here’s a sample from the Bower shooting sesh…
I have hundreds of pictures to sort through from today, so I’d better get on with it because I’m planning to do the same tomorrow. Hope to see you as I’m out and about. Don’t be shy – say hi!
Oh yeah, and tomorrow morning after you’ve had a surf, I can get you an extra coffee for nix at the Green Groper at 2 Ocean Street Narrabeen (immediately north of the servo). Just tell ’em Don from RealSurf sent ya and they’ll give you two coffees for the price of one.
I drove from Collaroy to Manly and no where was handling the swell, although the southern part of Manly was nice and clean but closing out. About 3 – 4 foot. I just caught the last wave of a tow in on the Queenscliff Bommie but decided to head for the Bower. About 10 blokes out getting a few double over head waves.
Fairy Bower, Manly.
Went for a splash under the lowering grey skies this morning. Headed to the Bower just because it’s one of those waves I never tire of and I figured there’d be enough east in the swell for it to be showing something. I was right – as were a fair number of other folks. Tide was low during the session, so I now have a sore knee after Huey tried to shift a barnacle encrusted boulder with my hapless limb. Still, like everyone else out there, I chalked up a few fun ones.
After I got out of the water, I came back along Manly beach front. Tide was still pretty low, but the onshores hadn’t had a chance to work it over too badly, so I stopped and grabbed a few snaps to share. Almost no colour in the day, but never mind, they should give you a rough idea…
Came back via Dee Why and Curly. The latter was forgetable, but the old Dee Why seemed to still be in the shoulder high range on sets. Sadly the onshores were becoming noticeable.
My hunch is that this little pulse is on the fade, so finding something not too trashed by the SE wind might be the plan today, and getting in for the early tomorrow also looks the best idea.
At large, Curl Curl, Dee Why, Fairy Bower, Gardens, North Narrabeen.
Was busy in the middle part of the day over in town. Got back to the beach around 1400. Checked the Bower to see if the wind was tearing it up. Chop wasn’t super bad, but it was too messy to tempt anyone out. Some sizable sets coming in too.
A few people were out along the Manly stretch, but it really looked like a lot of work to get out there and the bomb sets were pretty frequent. Wave faces were into the three metre range on the bigger ones.
Same story, if not a bit bigger again around at Curly. But no one in the water. Just too much of a struggle to get out and there weren’t any obviously consistent peaks.
Around at Dee Why the crowd was starting to gather on the point. A couple bods over in the beachy, but it looked rippy and hard work. The point doesn’t really like east swell, but there were some very makeable and slabby things coming in every now and again. The biggest sets were looking crazy though. I only saw a couple that didn’t shut down and for the most part folks were jumping on the little ones (wave faces in the 2-3 metre range).
Had a look at the Collaroy Narrabeen stretch too. Nobody in the water until you get all the way up to the north end. It kinda looked tow-able in the south, but you probably wouldn’t try paddling out. Northy was very well attended, but did not seem to be as consistent as Dee Why. A couple folks were playing tow-ins at Turimetta too.
The chop was present along all the south ends, but it wasn’t really bad.
Swell is currently in the 2-3 metre range with a whopping 12-13 sec period, so this is not a day for beginners!
Outlook for tomorrow is north to NW wind tomorrow morning and although the swell seems to have peaked up north, I’d be astounded if it was dramatically smaller on Weds.
Have yourself a good one!
Dee Why, Fairy Bower.
Just back from a shooting session at Dee Why. Light was pretty ordinary, but I shot a lot anyway because it was so big. You’ll find the pics below the Bower shots…
In the meantime, here are some snaps I got from a sesh at the Bower this morning. It was pretty setty and the light was fairly dull, but I did get a few okay pics (still having issues with the camera focus mechanism). Waves were pretty fun too. But man did those sets have some clout. I think we all got worked at one time or another…
And here are a few snaps from Dee Why late this afternoon…
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.
Hi evening folk,
Hope you got a wave or two today. I had one of those will-I-won’t-I days. Finally gave into that familiar itch. You know the deal, I’m sure. You know there are waves and you could go… but for whatever reason you put it off. But the antsy feeling finally wins out and you toss the board into the car…
I got there about half an hour before the northerly breeze turned into wind and the little chop turned into big chop. Still, I got wet and I got a few snaps. Very friendly crew out there too. A number of people said “hi”, a couple had a yarn (I always like a yarn!) about this and that. Saw a pod of porpoises too, and a little penguin and a gannet. I’m one of those folks who just digs seeing the creatures who live out their entire lives in and around the sea.
Not great conditions for picture taking, but I have the test sample Panasonic FT-1 waterproof camera to play with for a bit longer, so I figured I might as well grab a few snaps. I still haven’t figured out how to get clean shots every time with this camera. When it’s good, it’s very good, so I’m persisting.
BTW, a few of the folk in the water asked if there would be pics available on the site. The answer is yes, but I have to nut out an easy way to do it first…
Here are a few snaps for you. Have a top old evening!
Fairy Bower, Surf Reports.
Jumped in the water at the Bower for a bit of the swell. Had a waterproof Panasonic camera (the DMC-FT1) to play with, so I grabbed some piccies for you… Anyone who’d like a high res, just use the feedback link in the top menu to let me know. I was having issues with the focus (probably not set correctly) so not all the other shots are sharp enough to use. But there are other shots.