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Posted on September 14th, 2012 in Freshwater, Manly.

A touch more new south swell than forecast and probably breaking better than I expected close to the 6:42am high.  Around 3ft sets at Manly with a cold offshore back to less spring-like temps.  Today I can join the late starters for a mid morning session on the dropping tide before a bad wind change so I’m happy.  Hope you are too.

Mark – Surfboards Direct

 

 


Sticky: Just about flat everywhere

Posted on November 8th, 2011 in Big Picture, Curl Curl, Dee Why, Freshwater.

Hello Friends,

What a corker of a morning. Shame about the utter lack of waves.

Wandered around the joint for a look at the direness and I can tell you that you will need to ramp up the keeness to hysterical levels if you’re going to talk yourself into chasing waves. It looks like a pool most places, but there are a few tiny, weak little peaks flipping over something barely catchable. There was one such at Freshie, another at south Curly and possibly one way up the beach toward No Man’s on the Dee Why to Longy stretch. Bomb sets are maybe into the thigh high range.

Water seems to be warming up and we’re heading to a high of 29 with a 60% chance of a storm later.

Today’s run of the forecast interpretations contains little of hope for Sydney surfers. We’re looking at another week of these micro conditions – at least.

So, go for a swim or a wander along the beach, grab the snorkelling gear, wet a line, but don’t get too hopeful about carving across a clean wall any time soon.

Go well with your Tuesday!

Weather Situation

A slow-moving high pressure system over the northern Tasman Sea extends a ridge to the New South Wales north coast. This pattern will change little until Thursday, when a cold front is expected to bring a southerly change to much of the coast.

Forecast for Tuesday until midnight

Winds
Northwesterly 5 to 10 knots tending north to northeasterly around midday then becoming northeasterly 10 to 20 knots during the afternoon and evening.
Seas
Below 1 metre increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres in the evening.
Swell
Northeasterly 1 metre.
Weather
Isolated afternoon thunderstorms.

Wednesday 9 November

Winds
Northeast to northwesterly 5 to 15 knots tending northerly 15 to 20 knots later in the evening.
Seas
Below 1 metre.
Swell
Northeasterly about 1.5 metres.
Weather
Isolated thunderstorms early in the morning. Isolated thunderstorms during the afternoon.

Thursday 10 November

Winds

North to northwesterly 15 to 20 knots tending southwesterly during the afternoon then tending southeasterly during the evening.

Seas

Up to 1.5 metres.

Swell

Northeasterly 1.5 metres.


Sticky: Grey morning for Duke’s Day

Posted on January 15th, 2011 in Freshwater.

Hello Friends,

I’ve found myself a little corner of the Freshie SLSC to tap out an abbreviated report before I go beach cleaning with the Surfrider crew.

Surf situation is similar to yesterday, only glassier. The swell is 1.5 metres from the east. The period is starting to ramp up though and as I write this is currently showing at about 9 seconds. Quality was not great when I looked around though.

There were a few bods in waiting around at the Bower, but I didn’t see anyone catch anything. The Manly stretch is seeing the swell but like everywhere else after months of mainly small to flat conditions, the shutdown to rideable ratio is off the scale. Expect 10 straighthanders for every makeable section I’d say.

Freshie is very, very busy and from a surf standpoint, not terribly interesting. More shutdownitis. It’s the same story around at Curly where there are plenty of bods chasing some fairly uninspiring lumps.

Outlook is, as the Goat said a day or so ago, for a steady increase in wave energy as a longer period NE swell starts filling in. It’ll hit up north first obviously, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there were a few sets in the mix for us by late this afternoon.

We’re headed for a low tide around midday, so the shutdowns will almost certainly get more nasty. On the other hand, it looks as though the wind will be fading as the day goes along and by tomorrow we could have NW for the first time in awhile. That could work with the swell at some spots…

time to go make myself useful picking up rubbish. Catchya later!

Weather Situation
A high pressure system near New Zealand is maintaining a ridge to the far north coast of New South Wales. Tropical Cyclone Vania is over New Caledonia. During today a deep, slow-moving, complex low pressure system will move south of Tasmania, where it should remain till Monday. An associated weak southerly change will affect the southern half of the coast on Saturday, with a stronger southerly change expected Sunday night and into Monday, as this low moves further east.

Forecast for Saturday until midnight
Winds: Northerly 10 to 20 knots tending north to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots around midday then becoming northeasterly up to 10 knots later in the evening. Seas: Up to 2 metres decreasing to below 1 metre during the afternoon. Swell: Easterly about 2 metres.

Forecast for Sunday
Winds: Northwest to southwesterly 5 to 10 knots tending southeast to southwesterly around dawn then tending northeast to southeasterly up to 15 knots around midday. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: Northeasterly 2 metres.

Forecast for Monday
Winds: Northerly 10 to 15 knots tending northwest to southwesterly up to 10 knots during the morning then tending east to southeasterly up to 15 knots during the afternoon. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: Northeasterly 2 metres.

 

 


The Duke’s Day and Surfrider Beach clean-up at Freshy Sat 15/1/2011

Posted on January 14th, 2011 in Environment, Freshwater, Good causes, Surfrider Foundation.

The organisers of the Duke’s Day say it will be a combination sustainability expo and fun events celebration and fundraiser for the Freshy SLSC. Surfrider Foundation will be on hand to conduct a beach clean up from about 0800 to 1000, so if you’re out and about on the day, say hi.


PICS: Queenscliff, Freshy, South Curly Friday arvo.

Posted on June 11th, 2010 in Click! Pics for folk, Curl Curl, Freshwater, Manly, Top stories.

When the lighting is as good as it was this afternoon, a photographer finds it very hard to resist getting out and about with a camera. Yours truly went first to Manly on the off chance the touch of east in the swell was letting it get into the north end of the famous stretch. And sure enough, there were clean little offshore sets for the moderate size crew at the Queenscliff end. I shot for about half an hour, so if you happen to have been in the water there between about 1:30 and 2:00 pm, check back on Saturday for the gallery of shots I came back with.

Queenscliff 11 June 2010 (pm) – Images by Don Norris

Next stop on my afternoon shooting expedition was Freshy. As usual the numbers weren’t on the same scale as Manly, but there was a healthy crew enjoying the unnaturally warm water and sunny offshore afternoon. Sets were a touch bigger too. Quality was similar to Manly as well. I shot from about 2:25 to 2:45 pm before deciding to head around the corner to see what was happening at Curly.

Freshwater 11 June 2010 (pm) – Images by Don Norris

There was a sizable crew on the chest to head high plus offshore waves at south Curly. Looked like people were having fun, despite the somewhat variable quality of the peaks. It looks as though there’s some deep water between the outside peaks and the beach because many waves started out looking good before they kind of fatted out on the inside.  I set up just to the north of the main peak and took pictures from about 3:00 to 3:30 pm.

South Curl Curl 11 June 2010 (pm) – Images by Don Norris


At larger

Posted on January 18th, 2010 in At large, Curl Curl, Freshwater, Manly.

Hello Friends,

Had to drop my old tractor, er, car, in at mechanic’s for rego, so found myself fetched up in lovely Brookvale. Happily mate PB was free to give me a ride home, so we took the long way and checked the beach.

There were a few bods in the water up toward the Queenscliff end of Manly. Seemed to be a bit of a wait for waves, but every now and then a little mal-able option rolled gently in from the sparkling horizon.

Over at Freshy there were similar numbers in the water and the waves were about the same size if not a touch bigger on the sets. The only problem is that there are just no banks there at the moment, so every single one of them was shutting down, including the set wave in the picture below…

Last spot we checked out was Curly. It was around the same size as Manly and showing the same weakness. Looked like you could maybe get a fish up to speed for a few moments as the wave stood up, but that’s about it. Again, water looked inviting and the wind wasn’t into it. There are worse ways to kick off a week…

Finally, I just had a call from Brian up in Ooffs who reports that at long last they have a little something to play on. Wave faces are into the three foot range on what looks to him to be a mainly east swell.


Running around the beaches

Posted on July 4th, 2009 in At large, Curl Curl, Dee Why, Freshwater, Manly.

Hello again Friends,

Wandered around the landscape on your behalf this morning and gathered a few snaps to share…

Started at Manly where the crowds were surprisingly modest for a sunny Saturday morning. Guess that cold wind is keeping a fair number of us out of the water for the early. Sets were into the chest high range, but waits were pretty long. Clean and amusing looking though.

Around to Freshwater next, and there the crowds were equally uncrowdy early. Swell was more consistent, but the shutdown factor was very high when I watched it a couple hours after high tide.

Curly was quite well attended with people scattered from one end to the other of the beach. Sets were into the overhead range and the folks were doing a lot of peak and section chasing. Looks like a good workout and there were a few juicy specimens on offer. Probably the biggest waves I saw.

Over the hill at Dee Why things seem to be about the same as when I reported earlier, ie, inconsistent and smaller at the point, then shoulder to head high up the beach from just north of the clubhouse to the Lugga entrance. Crowds were crowdy too.

If you can’t find yourself a wave somewhere, you aren’t trying very hard!

Little peak didn't go unanswered this morning.

Little peak didn't go unanswered this morning.

SUPster slides into section at Manly this am.

SUPster slides into section at Manly this am.

Gentleman glides stylishly into one.

Gentleman glides stylishly into one.

Morning at Freshy

Morning at Freshy

Curly stands one up

Curly stands one up

Moment of weirdness captured at mid-Curly this am.

Moment of weirdness captured at mid-Curly this am.

Bodyboarder skims swiftly across a Dee Why wall.

Bodyboarder skims swiftly across a Dee Why wall.

Custom wave for just this rider.

Custom wave for just this rider.


A few piccies from this morning

Posted on June 16th, 2009 in At large, Curl Curl, Dee Why, Freshwater, North Narrabeen.

Hello all,

Went for a wander this morning to see if I could get a few pics before the southerly took effect.

First stop was Freshwater. There were actually a few bods in the water too. Swell was getting in there okay, but the banks were/are extremely ordinary. There were very few makeable sections on offer and the swell was looking pretty gutless as well.

The sections were very short and the surface was starting to ruffle up.

The sections were very short and the surface was starting to ruffle up.

Next visit was the south end of Curly. Nothing worth taking a picture of it has to be said. Just its usual disorganised and sloppy self, but I could see a little knot of surfpersons bobbing around up the north end, so I headed up that way for a look. Turned out there were some good size sets (shoulder head high) getting in. But as at Freshy, the relatively short period meant they didn’t have tremendous power. Quality was also so-so. Not as sloppy and messy as the south end, but some way from being all time Curly.

Size showing at the north end of the beach this morning.

Size showing at the north end of the beach this morning.

Over the hill at Dee Why it was looking glassy and the super peak was throwing up the odd tasty looking morsel for the attendants. Again, the waves at a distinctly sluggish quality, but they were clean and fun looking if you got a reasonable section. Nothing doing at the point, and didn’t really seem to be any surfers up toward Longy.

This one stood up and then shutdown a couple seconds later.

This one stood up and then shutdown a couple seconds later.

As I was getting ready to take off, I noticed a young bloke named Milan getting out of the water with one of those Alia boards. When I stopped him for a chat about the board, it turned out that he’d borrowed it off a mate. He told me that they’re really fun but that obviously you have to ride them quite differently from ordinary boards. If you’re standing on ’em, you have to keep a wide, and low stance in order to hold your line. They can be ridden bellyboard style too and apparently if you get them into the pocket and angled down just the right amount, they’ll race along in that position for as long as the wave holds. I’d love to try one.

Finding another way to enjoy ocean energy.

Finding another way to enjoy ocean energy.

From Dee Why I headed up to North Narrabeen – but not because I expected to find any waves. During the big swell of last month I’d heard that a fair amount of sand had been carved away from the dunes. As it happens I’ve not been up that way for a look in some weeks, so I was curious to see the situation. There was one person in the water when I got there, but the conditions were so ordinary that they didn’t get even one wave while I was checking out the dunes.

As you can see from the picture below, the dunes really have been cut back amazingly. If those dune faces were waves, I’d be calling the 1.5 to 2x overhead! Since winter has only just started, you have to wonder how much more sand will be carved away by springtime. It’s worth remembering that those big dunes to the north of the clubhouse are a fairly recent (as in the last 25-30 years) accumulation. Hope that their re-integration with the beach and offshore banks will be a good thing for Northy.

Lotta sand has been moved back into the break I'd say...

Lotta sand has been moved back into the break I'd say...


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?


Pic round up from this morning

Posted on April 29th, 2009 in At large, Curl Curl, Freshwater, Manly, South Narrabeen.

Hi all,

Ran out and grabbed a few more piccies for ya (am I barking mad, or what??) . Here’s the executive summary for around 0900

Manly: south end best, knee to waist, with occ. chest high 5/10
Freshy: waist to chest, rare bigger one, 5/10
So. Curly: chest to head high and some bigger, south end only, bit dodgy, but fun sections 6/10
Dee Why: see earlier report! 7-8/10
Sth Narra: tide affected, waist to chest high, odd bigger one 6/10

Really needed a longboard up the Queenscliff end of the beach around 0900.

Really needed a longboard up the Queenscliff end of the beach around 0900.

Making the most of a cruisy little wave at the beach formerly known as Harbord.

Making the most of a cruisy little wave at the beach formerly known as Harbord.

Not far from the Harbord Hilton around 0900.

Not far from the Harbord Hilton around 0900.

The odd fun section on offer around 0900.

The odd fun section on offer around 0900.

Throwing an impressive amount of spray considering how small this south Narra wave was.

Throwing an impressive amount of spray considering how small this south Narra wave was.

Long, long wait for sets like this at around 0930

Long, long wait for sets like this at around 0930

Not huge or anything but the odd catchable one around 0900.

Not huge or anything but the odd catchable one around 0900.


 

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