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Snaps from this morning

Posted on July 11th, 2009 in At large, Curl Curl, Gardens, North Narrabeen, South Narrabeen.

As noted earlier, I was out and about with the Nikon D3 and 300 f/2.8 looking for some surf snaps. Got quite a few which I will post to galleries on my personal site later on. For now, here are some samples…

You can just imagine where this is going next...

You can just imagine where this is going next...

All smooth and clean and ready for the next move.

All smooth and clean and ready for the next move.

Mostly not as good as this one in the middle at Curly this morning.

Mostly not as good as this one in the middle at Curly this morning.

Pop up peak at maybe Emerald St or thereabouts this morning.

Pop up peak at maybe Emerald St or thereabouts this morning.

Another smooth moment at Gardens this am.

Another smooth moment at Gardens this am.

Nice rebound by a future NN boardriders champ from this morning at Northy.

Nice rebound by a future NN boardriders champ from this morning at Northy.

Tide was kinda high and waves soft but very clean at Gardens.

Tide was kinda high and waves soft but very clean at Gardens.

Ski guy gets a shapely one over the reef at Northy.

Ski guy gets a shapely one over the reef at Northy.


Gardens on high tide

Posted on July 7th, 2009 in Gardens, South Narrabeen.

Stopped by south Narra to see how it was faring at around 0830. Skies were mostly heavily overcast, but there were some photographically interesting patches of light on the sea. Naturally I had the camera with me, so I grabbed a few shots to share.

The surf conditions were clean, but the tide was just on high so they were mostly floppy and hard to get into for the crew of two or three in the water. Wind was okay as well, but at that point it was still out of the SW. Once it comes more around to the predicted S-SE those smooth faces will probably be a lot less so. However, the Bureau does say the wind should back off a little in the afternoon.

Swell is due to stick around at about the present size, but the period is still averaging a less than amazing 8 seconds – with some 10sec component.

Have yourself a top old day.

Hunting sections at high tide Gardens.

Hunting sections at high tide Gardens.

Silvery sea and surfer at Gardens.

Silvery sea and surfer at Gardens.

Gull running before a Gardens shutdown.

Gull running before a Gardens shutdown.


Photo crazy

Posted on July 5th, 2009 in At large, Dee Why, Gardens.

Your webmaster has flipped. He’s goin’ nuts with the camera. I’ve already shot sth Narrabeen, Dee Why beach and Dee Why point. Plus I looked at but rejected as not worth the effort Mona Vale, Warriewood, Little Narrabeen and Northy. Late this afternoon I grabbed another couple hundred of the folks messing with the junky conditions at Dee Why beach. Funny how even in those ordinary circumstances there were a few okay ones. The way I figure it, even if a shot of you looks only half decent, it’s still better than no shot at all!

I plan to post the pics to my site tomorrow. Though that sorta depends if I go out shooting again or not…


Winding down, but not gone

Posted on June 26th, 2009 in At large, Dee Why, Gardens, North Narrabeen.

Hello Friends,

Did the Collaroy Plateau ridge run for a quick survey of the swell status. There seems to be some NE left in the tank, but it’s mainly showing at the really exposed stretches. For instance, there are waves up at Northy, but they’re smaller and less consistent looking compared to the chest high sets getting into Gardens.

Around at the Longy to Dee Why stretch, the same phenomenon is visible, but it’s a bit smaller. There is a small south line showing at Butterbox and weakly at Longy, but it’s too marginal to have attracted any punters. The bulk of people in the water this morning were down the south end of the beach, picking over the odds and sods popping up in the general vicinity of the SLSC. A couple of folks on longer equipment were poking around at the point for something catchable.

Wind was not a factor for the early and the tide was benign as well.

Have posted all yesterday’s watershots from Dee Why point on my site.

Sydney Coastal Waters, Broken Bay to Port Hacking and 60nm seawards:
Friday until midnight: Wind: W/NW 10/15 knots, tending N/NW.Sea: to 1 metre.Swell: E/NE 1 to 1.5 metres.
Saturday: Wind: W/NW 5/15 knots, turning S/SW 10/20 knots. Sea: to 1 metre. Swell: E/NE to 1 metre.
Sunday: Wind: S/SW 15/25 knots.

Basically the only option along the stretch.

Basically the only option along the stretch.

...but they sure look good doing it.

...but they sure look good doing it.

Fair number of folk hanging around for sets like this.

Fair number of folk hanging around for sets like this.

Haven't run a shot from Longy for awhile... here's why.

Haven't run a shot from Longy for awhile... here's why.

Looks better for wetting a line at Butterbox.

Looks better for wetting a line at Butterbox.


Running late, sorry

Posted on June 25th, 2009 in Gardens, North Narrabeen.

Hello Friends,

Sorry, slept in. How remiss of me. Looks like we still have swell though. Woo-hoo! Huey’s still got the power setting on 10sec, but he’s set a new heading: SE. Heights at sea are around the two metre mark, so there are some fun size waves to be had again today.

Stopped at Mactier St for a look at the situation around 0840 and can report that there were some shoulder high sets on offer for a smallish and well scattered crew. It was dead glassy and there was a high, thin cloud layer taking some of the colour out of the scene. It looked a little setty to me and folks seemed to be getting caught behind on most of the waves I saw caught. Lefts predominate again.

Didn’t do the loop up to Northy, but from a distance it’s clear that there are sets happening up that way as well.

For those folks at the Bower yesterday who wanted to know when/where they could see the pics I shot with the Panasonic FT-1 waterproof digi cam: I’ve created a couple galleries over on my personal page that you can look through to see if I got any shots of interest.

Okay, a couple pics for ya:

Witness watches as attempt is made to make one south of Gardens.

Witness watches as attempt is made to make one south of Gardens.

Looking interesting at one end of the Collaroy Narra stretch...

Looking interesting at one end of the Collaroy Narra stretch...


Dropping tide

Posted on June 24th, 2009 in Gardens, South Narrabeen.

It got overcast and cold, but for the hardy few who were willing to snap a board if they got in the wrong spot, there were waves to be had on the dropping tide. Ah, winter time.

The middle size ones seemed to be the cleanest.

The middle size ones seemed to be the cleanest.

Tidy looking options.

Tidy looking options.

The tea gardens used to be near here.

The tea gardens used to be near here.


Beautiful morning

Posted on June 24th, 2009 in Big Picture, Dee Why, Gardens, North Narrabeen.

Out the back of the Narrabeen Firey's joint.

Out the back of the Narrabeen Firey's joint.

It’s on

Posted on June 23rd, 2009 in Big Picture, Dee Why, Gardens, North Narrabeen.
Lots on it from first light... and you can see why.

Lots on it from first light... and you can see why.

Hello Friends,

Sorry about the very late report, but naturally I had isp issues this morning. Big Pond cable is crawling for me atm. Anyway, who cares? It is going orf at spots that like the east swell. But it’s not so hot at those that don’t.

I’m going to post this report as a sequence of updates so that I can get something online asap.

Let's see... could it be any better?

Let's see... could it be any better?

The Northy to south Narrabeen stretch is getting the swell very nicely indeed. Northy had a good 30-40 people in the water when I checked about an hour ago. There were only a few down toward Gardens. Sets were solidly overhead and very clean looking. Definitely for experienced surfers only. If you aren’t pretty fit, you could run into problems pretty easily.

Want relatively uncrowded waves and willing to take a (small) hit on quality?

Want relatively uncrowded waves and willing to take a (small) hit on quality?

Bodyboarder gets one at the point

Bodyboarder gets one at the point

Swell kinda getting in here, but not the top spot on the beaches today.

Swell kinda getting in here, but not the top spot on the beaches today.

Around at Dee Why to Longy, the situation was not nearly as interesting. There are little waves as far north as about No Man’s, but the swell angle just has not worked for Dee Why (it rarely does). Some okay size and there are waves both at the point and in the corner. Size on the biggest ones I saw I was approaching head high.

I’m heading out with a camera or two to see if I can find any other pics for you today. Go well!

Here’s the latest from the Bureau:

Sydney Coastal Waters, Broken Bay to Port Hacking and 60nm seawards:
Tuesday until midnight: Wind: W/NW 10 knots, turning NE inshore in the afternoon.Sea: to 1 metre.Swell: NE about 2 metres decreasing to 1.5 metres.
Wednesday: Wind: NW 5/10 knots increasing to 10/15 knots in the afternoon and 18/23 knots in the evening.Sea: below about 1 metre rising to 1.5 to 2 metres. Swell: NE 1.5 to 2 metres.
Thursday: Wind: W/SW 10/20 knots.


A few snaps from this morning

Posted on June 12th, 2009 in At large, Curl Curl, Dee Why, Gardens, Manly.

Hello Friends,

Out and about this morning on your behalf and got a few snaps. If you’re toying with the idea of the super peak at Dee Why, be prepared for intensely crowded conditions. A few folks I talked to had only managed to get one or two waves in the course of an hour or more in the water…

Will look for more pictures to post this evening if I can…

Nice conditions, but a bit softer than elsewhere along the n. beaches.

Nice conditions, but a bit softer than elsewhere along the n. beaches.

Young Frank and his amazingly beautiful bellyboard

Young Frank and his amazingly beautiful bellyboard

North Curly big but pretty wild looking.

North Curly big but pretty wild looking.

High percentage of shutdowns along the south Narra stretch, but some momentary sections early.

High percentage of shutdowns along the south Narra stretch, but some momentary sections early.

Another left at Dee Why

Another left at Dee Why

The super peak working this morning... again

The super peak working this morning... again

Throwing spray at super peak

Throwing spray at super peak

Mostly rights at Dee Why beach, but a few of these too...

Mostly rights at Dee Why beach, but a few of these too...

Did I earn a cup of coffee or a beer this morning? 🙂

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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?