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A few piccies from this morning

Posted on June 11th, 2009 in At large, Curl Curl, Dee Why, Fairy Bower, Freshwater, Gardens, Long Reef, Manly.

Hello Friends,

Here are a few snaps from my run-around this morning:

Getting the day started in a good way

Getting the day started in a good way

Few bodyboarders poaching little ones at Fairy Bower on hightide.

Few bodyboarders poaching little ones at Fairy Bower on hightide.

One stands up on the inside at Queensy earlier today.

One stands up on the inside at Queensy earlier today.

Bit fat and full to start at Manly this morning.

Bit fat and full to start at Manly this morning.

Catching some size with nothing more than a pair of flippers.

Catching some size with nothing more than a pair of flippers.

No one out for some strange reason.

No one out for some strange reason.

Ah, the old Dee Why point...

Ah, the old Dee Why point...

Lotsa shutdowns - as usual - but the odd rather nice one too.

Lotsa shutdowns - as usual - but the odd rather nice one too.

Waiting for the tow-ins to arrive at low tide?

Waiting for the tow-ins to arrive at low tide?


Evening post

Posted on May 11th, 2009 in At large, Dee Why, Fairy Bower.

Hello Friends,

A brief Monday evening update for you. Went out and about this afternoon with the intention of getting in the water. But the swell was still settling in and nothing really took my fancy. I’m sure you know the drill – you drive around looking, but you just can’t get enthused, or you run out of time or both.

Dee Why point was one of the better options in my view, but the folks I saw in the water at Curly and Manly as well may have begged to disagree. The wind was lightly onshore, so it kind of gave everything that slightly lumpy, unkempt look. Swell angle is SSE at the moment. It’s a touch over two metres at 11 seconds apart.

This afternoon, the period was mostly shorter than that, so it was farily setty. PB and I went down to Manly to see if the wind was a little less onshore. Wasn’t really much less affected than Dee Why. Went out to the Bower and watched a little group of bodyboarders playing around at Winki. Nothing much was getting around into the Bower, but every now and then someone would jag a waist high thing.

Another crunchy one courtesy of Huey.

Another crunchy one courtesy of Huey.

Not exactly all time winki, but there were a few moments for the bodyboarders on it.

Not exactly all time winki, but there were a few moments for the bodyboarders on it.

After tiring of watching and shooting at the Bower, we went back to Dee Why point. As I was walking down the steps for a better angle, I saw RealSurf forum identity Coops take off on a pretty reasonable one.

Fin man flying through another fin test.

Fin man flying through another fin test.

Solid looking set wave gets ready to do the slab thing.

Solid looking set wave gets ready to do the slab thing.

Fun cutty at the point.

Fun cutty at the point.


Morning turn

Posted on April 20th, 2009 in Big Picture, Collaroy, Dee Why, Fairy Bower, Manly.

Hello again friends,
Just back from a tour of the beaches south from south Narrabeen.

Here’s the executive summary:

South Narra: big, messy, no one out
Collaroy: small, not as messy, only one or two chasing waist high things
Dee Why: didn’t see anyone in the water, but didn’t watch for very long either. Big and messy in the beachy, swell angle wrong for the point.
Queenscliff to North Steyne: big, messy, no one out, ferggedit
South Steyne: a bit cleaner and some catchable ones into the head high range, but I’d rate it 5/10 – ie, average.
Bower: shoulder to head high plus, but pretty messy looking when I checked it between 0900-1000. Lotta people in the water, fairly inconsistent, but definitely some fun ones

Not the cleanest conditions, but don't think he'd be complaining (the Bower around 0900)

Not the cleanest conditions, but don't think he'd be complaining (the Bower around 0900)

Bowls to be found amongst the general choppiness at Fairy Bower.

Bowls to be found amongst the general choppiness at Fairy Bower.

Around 0900, not terribly clean, but you could catch em if you were keen.

Around 0900, not terribly clean, but you could catch em if you were keen.


Morning pic round-up: Manly

Posted on April 17th, 2009 in At large, Curl Curl, Dee Why, Fairy Bower, Freshwater, Manly.

Hello Friends,

Another bout of picture taking by yours truly… started at Manly around 0730 and took pics for about 20 minutes. It was pretty consistent, but not quite at the pace of yesterday. Size was down too, but it was still clean and pretty fun looking – if a wee bit soft. Seemed to me that fishes and mals were had the edge overall. Didn’t take a close look, but it appeared that there were a number of folks hooking waves out at the Bower as well.

Nice use of a little stall to set up the section, midway between Queensy and North Steyne this morning.

Nice use of a little stall to set up the section, midway between Queensy and North Steyne this morning.

Goin' for a reo halfway between Queensy and south Steyne.

Goin' for a reo halfway between Queensy and south Steyne.

Again, there were some zippery sections on the inside at Queensy.

Again, there were some zippery sections on the inside at Queensy.

Looks like they had a few fun ones out there this morning.

Looks like they had a few fun ones out there this morning.

Between north and south Steyne.

Between north and south Steyne.


Out and about midday Sunday

Posted on April 5th, 2009 in At large, Curl Curl, Fairy Bower, Manly.

Sorry about the daily pic gallery showing yesterday… a new bug to chase down, oh joy. Anyway, lotsa average quality waves around for the Sunday crowds. No such thing as a decent uncrowded wave from Northy to Fairy Bower. In fact, I’d guess the same applies up to Palm Beach and I’m pretty sure the eastern suburbs and the Shire will be much the same. Lot of water time getting racked up today – hope you got some!

Here are a few snaps taken at Manly and Curly around lunchtime…

Bigger one looking empty at Winki.

Bigger one looking empty at Winki.

The north end was well populated this afternoon at North Curly.

The north end was well populated this afternoon at North Curly.

Mild, some swell and Sunday adds up to very crowded.

Mild, some swell and Sunday adds up to very crowded.

Somewhat junky but okay size at Queenscliff.

Somewhat junky but okay size at Queenscliff.


Doing the run around

Posted on April 3rd, 2009 in At large, Curl Curl, Dee Why, Fairy Bower, Freshwater, Gardens, North Narrabeen.

Lotsa waves around this morning. Nowhere truly mindblowing, but there are heaps of opportunities for fun all up and down the beaches. I saw perfectly surfable waves at the following:

The executive summary:
Northy: 6/10
Dee Why beach: 4/10
Dee Why point: 4/10
North Curly: 7/10
Freshwater: 5/10
Queenscliff: 6/10
North Steyne: 6/10
South Steyne: 7/10
Bower: 6/10

Down the beach from North Steyne there were some fine moments for the crowds.

Down the beach from North Steyne there were some fine moments for the crowds.

Not as consistent as the beach, but clearly waves at the Bower for the crowds.

Not as consistent as the beach, but clearly waves at the Bower for the crowds.

North Curly had a solid crowd chasing the odd set like this.

North Curly had a solid crowd chasing the odd set like this.

Dee Why point pretty torn up and weird but sections to be had.

Dee Why point pretty torn up and weird but sections to be had.

Looks like everyone's in at Northy.

Looks like everyone's in at Northy.

Empty grinders, no one out.

Empty grinders, no one out.

Pretty messy but some solid sections at Dee Why.

Pretty messy but some solid sections at Dee Why.

Not as consistent or as big as at other spots, but some perfectly catchable ones.

Not as consistent or as big as at other spots, but some perfectly catchable ones.

Quite busy in the water, but fun size.

Quite busy in the water, but fun size.


More pics

Posted on April 2nd, 2009 in At large, Fairy Bower, Long Reef.

You know how it is with swell and not great conditions – you keep wondering if maybe it’s improved someplace… the pressure got to RealSurf and so late this morning made a run down to see if the Bower was cleaning up and if by some fluke there was something getting in on the north side of Long Reef. I should know better… but still, had to look.

About a dozen in the water chasing sections in 1.5x overhead sets at the Bower, but the swell was mostly going wide and the rideable bits weren’t too long. Grabbed a couple snaps that make it look better than it probably was…

Long Reef was relatively clean inside, but the quality was strictly so-so…

Ready to duckdive boys?

Ready to duckdive boys?

He was briefly airborne, got a turn and then it faded out.

He was briefly airborne, got a turn and then it faded out.

Long Reef was rideable on the inside.

Long Reef was rideable on the inside.

Just big and stupid still at whiterock

Just big and stupid still at whiterock

Bower having a moment of clarity.

Bower having a moment of clarity.


Mid-arvo: rain, wind, building swell

Posted on March 31st, 2009 in At large, Collaroy, Fairy Bower, Manly.

Hello Friends

As promised I went out to see if I could grab a few pics for ya. Not the most photogenic conditions unfortunately. First stop was the Bower and it was looking just plain crazy out there. Lots of water in motion, sets in the 2x or bigger range and only a couple mad people tossing around in it. Saw them get a couple but mostly it was just maintaining through the choppy surface conditions on gradually diminishing shoulders.

A small group of equally demented surf persons were rocking off in front of that boat shed just north from the shops at Bower Lane. Some of the sets were doing some unpleasant looking things amongst the rocks too. The surfers would then paddle out and around to south Steyne where there were some very big and generally messy looking peaks. Again, as with the Bower, the main point seemed to be to get in the water and catch a few on a really big day. Not much in the way of performance surfing going on.

Headed north to see what was happening up at Collaroy. There were a couple folks battling their way out to Brownwater and I even got a picture of one bloke on a wave. Collaroy looked totally out of control, ditto the kick.

Then the rain really set in, so I decamped up to Mactier street for a squiz at the far southern end of Gardens. The rain was bucketing though and I had to wait awhile for it simply to lift enough to grab a snap of the seriously heavy stuff sweeping down the beach from the north. Not surfable by anyone in their right mind. But impressive power and I wonder how it’ll go for the beachfront places along that stretch tonight when the high tide and swell look set to peak around the same time…

If possible I’ll try to get out for one more look at things before close of play today…

Stormy and crazy at the south end of Manly.

Stormy and crazy at the south end of Manly.

Throwing seaweed and sand right up to the Bower lane cafe's doorstep.

Throwing seaweed and sand right up to the Bower lane cafe's doorstep.

Over the falls at south Steyne around noon.

Over the falls at south Steyne around noon.

The Bower was mostly a diabolical heaving mess at high tide.

The Bower was mostly a diabolical heaving mess at high tide.

Like name like nature. Near the chair at Brownwater 1300ish.

Like name like nature. Near the chair at Brownwater 1300ish.

Those are a couple hundred metres away, so it ain't small at Mactier St.

Those are a couple hundred metres away, so it ain't small at Mactier St.


Curly to Manly

Posted on February 17th, 2009 in Fairy Bower.
Wind getting into even the most protected bits of the coast.

Wind getting into even the most protected bits of the coast.

Hello Friends,

Even on a dull day, there are always folks on the beach at Manly.

Even on a dull day, there are always folks on the beach at Manly.

Not even worth taking a picture at Curly as it was – predictably enough – blown out junk. So it was on to Manly. Like Curly, the Queenscliff end of the beach was just a write-off. Sadly, the situation as Big Al has already noted, was little better at the south end. There were a few people in the water testing the limits of the flaggeged area as they hunted for something worth the effort in the generally diabolically sloppy conditions.

Here’s a question: when the local SLSC broadcasts warnings to surfers to get out of the flagged area, they always do it in English. So what happens if an international visitor is the offender? I’ve heard them going off at an apparently recalcitrant surfer and wondered to myself if maybe the object of the ire was blissfully unaware of their transgression.

The Bower was definitely cleaner and bigger yesterday when I checked it. This morning it just looked shocking. Really lumpy and messy out there. On the good side there were some okay size sets (see the pic below), so there is some swell around if you are super keen.