Posts in Manly

Manly snaps

Posted on October 29th, 2020 in Manly.

Longish waits and fat too, but shoulder high faces all along the Manly stretch. Fair amount of waiting around though…

Manly going big

Posted on August 11th, 2020 in Manly.

Sets looking impressive at North Steyne and Queenscliff this morning. You had to wait though. South Steyne was head and a bit as was the Bower.

Bower set
Freshie bomb

Manly and Dee Why Beaches are closed!!

Posted on April 7th, 2020 in Dee Why, Manly.

Northern Beaches Council:

Manly Beach and Dee Why Beach will be closed from Tuesday morning following advice from NSW health authorities that both areas have become hotspots for community transmissions of COVID-19.

Effective from Tuesday 7 April, Dee Why Beach, Manly, Shelley Beach, North Steyne and Queenscliff beaches will be closed until after the Easter long weekend. The closures will be reviewed on Tuesday 14 April ahead of any decision to reopen them then.

In addition, all beach car parks on the Northern Beaches will be limited to 1 hour parking, from Tuesday 7 April.

Whilst all other beaches and reserves remain open at this time, they will also be closed if people do not observe social distancing rules, including no gatherings or loitering. The beaches are for exercise only.


link to official announcement

A beautiful morning along the beaches

Posted on December 2nd, 2019 in Manly.

Hello Friends,

Just had one of those experiences that makes you take a deep breath, look around at this wondrous world and feel profoundly grateful for being alive.

It was a stunner of a morning at Manly beach. There was just a touch of cool to the light offshore breeze and the air had that fresh clarity you get after an overnight rain. The ocean was smooth and silvery to the horizon and there was a tiny ankle to knee high line coming slowly in at South Steyne. There wasn’t a soul in the water.

I’d stopped to take a picture for this morning’s report, when a chap carrying an interesting, vintage looking mal walked down the stairs to the sand. Although the chance of him even being able to catch something looked pretty slim, I figured it would be worth waiting to at least get a paddling out shot.

At that moment a lady came up to me and asked if I might do her a favour. Would I take a picture of the man with the board. His father died last night and he was paddling out to catch a wave to pay his respects to his dad whom I learned had spent a lifetime surfing Manly.

As we chatted, the surfer’s son paddled out. And as he did so, a little line appeared. A moment later, he swung around as the ripple transformed into an immaculate waist high peak with a long gently sloping wall that was just exactly right for a mal.

He rode it all the way in.

Surfer son for surfer father.

Queenscliff beautiful shutdowns rule

Posted on August 22nd, 2019 in Manly.

Waiting for the swell to really kick in. Every now and then something rears up briefly on the zombie but am yet to see one even feather. Meanwhile there are some photogenic moments along the beach as head plus sets stand up and throw before closing out…

Wonder if Deadies will light up soon

He made it for another couple seconds

Pretty shorey

Waist to chest

Posted on June 1st, 2018 in Manly, Surf Reports.

Managed to grab a few snaps at Manly between showers. Swell is obvious out on the horizon but Queenscliff is still mostly shoulder high or less, North Steyne wasn’t of interest, less at south Steyne and knee to chest and inconsistent at the Bower. The south end was clean.

Fun for longboards

Posted on May 31st, 2018 in Manly.

Knee to waist high little lines for mal riders on a sparkling Thursday morning at Manly.

Watching the comp at Manly

Posted on February 28th, 2018 in Manly.

Waves to be had up the beach

Hello Friends,

Just stopped by the Surfrider stand at the Vissla comp in Manly this morning and grabbed a few snaps to share. It was clean but full early and now (1000) tide is dropping but summer is finishing up with a sunny day and plenty of NE wind.
Sets down this way are pushing into the shoulder to head high range, so it’s definitely contestable.

If schedule permits, I’ll try to update with further observations.

Go well!

Here comes the NEr

Nice waves for the contest this morning

Posted on February 27th, 2018 in Manly, Surf Reports.

The Vissla Sydney Surf Pro is on and I stopped by to see the Surfrider stand and to grab a snap or two to share…

Messy but sizable

Posted on February 23rd, 2018 in Manly, Surf Reports.

A few postcards from torn up but biggish Manly for you. Low tide plus light but steady ne wind was making for treacherous conditions. Lots of one turn wonder waves and unmakeable chaotic shutdowns. The crowd was undeterred.