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Yesterday morning I went for a quick splash at south Narrabeen. During the sesh we were treated to the spectacle of a pod of dolphins chasing fish through the line up. As it happened, Suzy and Michael from Surf Photo of You were taking pictures. Michael got one of me not looking like a total goose and Suzy (aka Mrs SPoY) scored a shot of one dolphin mid leap only metres from me and another surfer. The waves were pretty forgettable, but the dolphins still made it special.
Michael’s snap of yours truly…
Gardens, Surf Reports.
Just another fab day on the Northern Beaches. Still 3 – 4 foot and nice and smooth down at South Narrabeen. Check out SPoY for some nice fun waves.
At large, Dee Why, Gardens, North Narrabeen.
The puniness continues this morning. Swell is showing out of the east at about a metre at sea, but with a choppy 7 second period. If you were up early to beat the wind, you could find the odd knee to waist high bump at most of Sydney’s beaches (well, not the south facing ones maybe). Quick little take offs and momentary sections were the rule at the places I checked. But there were peaks from North Narrabeen to Gardens on the Collaroy-Narrabeen stretch and that little bump maker just north of the SLSC at Dee Why was producing the odd spot of amusement for the Saturday morning surf crew. Looked like an excellent way to prepare for the morning coffee.
Outlook for the rest of the day is for no significant improvement to conditions. Indeed, the wind is expected to move around to the east and se later this afternoon, so that will really mess up what litttle there is.
Nothing in this morning’s forecasts to alter the Goat’s call that I can see…
Have yourself a great Saturday!
Tides: H @0605, L @1245
A strong high pressure system near New Zealand is slowly moving to the southeast maintaining a ridge to New South Wales north coast and a cold front is crossing the southern Tasman Sea. A southerly change associated with this front is moving along the south and it will extend to the central coast during Saturday morning and weaken.
Forecast for Saturday until midnight
North to northwesterly 15 to 20 knots tending southeast to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots in the morning then tending east to southeasterly in the early afternoon.
Below 1 metre.
Northeasterly 1.5 metres.
Isolated thunderstorms this morning.
Isolated thunderstorms late this evening.
Sunday 24 March
Variable about 10 knots.
Below 1 metre.
Northeasterly 1 metre.
The chance of thunderstorms offshore in the morning.
Monday 25 March
Variable about 10 knots.
Below 1 metre.
Easterly 1 metre.
Beautiful conditions on the beach early. 2 foot and offshore. Enjoy. Surf Photos of You.
Its heaps cleaner this morning than it has been for a while. Swell is out of the E – SE and is a bit of a mixed bag. Its around 3 – 4 foot along the Narrabeen stretch but may be a bit straight there. There are a few waves around. Wind is just swinging around to the NE, so you know where. Enjoy. Surf Photos of You.
There are still some small waves around this morning. Be quick as they are filling fast with the high. Nice light offshore W – NW breeze to make it a nice surf. Enjoy Surf Photos of You.
At large, Dee Why, Gardens.
Grabbed the water-toy and went looking for something to splash around in this morning. Sadly, the high tide just seemed to be swamping the spots I checked – and those that weren’t swamped were getting the wind treatment in a big way.
Speaking of the wind, the SSW’ly really seems to be holding the very straight south swell off the protected ends of the beaches. Even so, I didn’t see anything impressive in the way of banks at sth Curly, Dee Why or Gardens. I got some pictures, but gee it took awhile. Most of the time it was just shutting down unmakeably.
So, guess I’ll get some work taken care of and then see what lower tide looks like…
At large, Dee Why, Gardens, Long Reef.
South swell has ramped right up overnight and as of around 0800 it was tipping the scales at 4 metres on average with a solid period of 10 seconds. It’s a very straight south, so some places are getting the full energy while not far away (eg the beachy and point at Dee Why) people are getting half as many waves.
The Northy to Collaroy stretch was showing chest to head high plus conditions from about Wetherill St north. However, judging from the small number of bods in, there wasn’t much happening at Northy. There were small numbers scattered in the peaks along the beach south from there. Mostly it wasn’t looking too flash, but there were definitely some solid specimens to be had if you were in the right spot.
Around at Longy there were just a few people chasing lumpy chest to head high things on the inside of the bombies. The real action was from about No Man’s southward. Heaps of people were on it and it looked like there were some tasty sections to be had. The point had its usual contingent, but in the time I watched, nothing much happened for them.
The swell is set to continue, if not increase a bit more, for at least another 24 hours. Wind wasn’t too bad to begin with Tuesday morning, but the Bureau has hoisted the strong wind warnings, so the S-SWly’s set to become a dominant factor as the day unfolds.
According to the latest run of the models it looks as though we should get reasonable size swell of some sort for at least a couple days. Wouldn’t surprise me if the average height didn’t drop below the 2 metre mark until Thursday. Some of the model interpretations are showing a reasonable east pulse arriving late Friday into Saturday, so what with one thing and another, it should be possible to get wet all this week.
Go well with your plans and have yourself a great day. (I plan to return later with a few pics if I can get any)
TIDES: H @1030, L @1650
Sydney Coastal Waters, Broken Bay to Port Hacking and 60nm seawards:
Strong Wind Warning.
Tuesday until midnight: Wind: S/SW 20/30 knots, easing to 20/25 knots tonight.Sea: 2 to 3 metres.Swell: S/SE increasing to 2.5 to 3.5 metres. Dangerous surf.
Wednesday: Wind: S/SE 15/20 knots, easing to 10/15 knots later. Sea: 1 to 2 metres abating to about 1 metre. Swell: S/SE about 2 metres.
Thursday: Wind: S/SE 10/20 knots.
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!
At large, Curl Curl, Dee Why, Gardens, South Narrabeen.
First stop this morning for me was at lovely south Curl Curl. Bitterly cold at 0700 and already well populated, it was nonetheless quite consistent and, as it turned out, the biggest spot I looked at. Set wave faces were well overhead and despite a kind of raw look, there were some longish rides being had. I filed a live report from the beach (see bottom right for link) and grabbed a few snaps. The dominant impression is that the swell is generally slow and not very intense. Certainly there are snappy sections now and again, but mostly it’s looking kinda soft to me.
Over the hill at Dee Why it was equally busy in the water as the pre-work crew grabbed a few wave memories to carry them through the day. When I first pulled up it looked as though the point might be kinda interesting, but after watching for awhile it turned out to be pretty slow and weak. Better for the fishy or mal I’d say.
The beachbreak was even less impressive. The swell looked promising on approach but most of the time the payoff was fat and full looking. I saw a couple fun-ish looking lefts come through and the light offshores were contributing in a positive way to the experience.
After filing another quick live report and snapping a few piccies, I was glad to get back into a warm car* and head for my final check out spot on this run – Edgecliff Blvd on Collaroy Plateau. The southern end of the Collaroy-Narrabeen stretch was showing some okay size too. Not nearly as consistent though as the more exposed Curly and Dee Why.
*reminds me… I’d advise taking a couple litres of hot water with ya this morning. You’ll really be looking forward to the warming jolt when you’re back at the car getting changed out of your wettie.
High tide is just on 1000 this morning and low will be at around 1540.
Outlook is for the swell to weaken as the day goes along and by tomorrow to be back into the waist high range.
Get out there if you can and enjoy!