Posts in 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.
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.
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…
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.
Knee to waist high little lines for mal riders on a sparkling Thursday morning at Manly.
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.
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…
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.
Got a park at Queensie and grabbed some snaps for you. Swell quite inconsistent but North Steyne was picking up head high sets between the lulls. Nothing showing at the Bower and Queensie end touch smaller than middle of beach.
Stopped by Manly a little after 0900. Tide was pretty fat and full, the SE wind was bumping it up, but as I sit here typing it’s wandered around to the SW – and the swell is definitely bigger than it’s been over the last few days. I’d call it knee to waist right now at Queensie. Will be interesting to see what I find at Curly and Dee Why, but based on what I’ve seen here, I’m prepared to call it just starting to pick up…
A southerly change associated with a cold front is moving along the New South Wales north coast and weakening. Winds will briefly turn northerly later on Thursday ahead of another southerly change developing on the south coast overnight and moving up the coast during Friday.
Forecast for Thursday until midnight
- Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots shifting north to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the late morning and afternoon.
- 1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre in the morning.
- Southerly 1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon.
- Partly cloudy.
Friday 16 February
- Northerly 15 to 20 knots becoming variable about 10 knots before dawn then becoming south to southeasterly 15 to 20 knots in the morning. Winds reaching up to 25 knots offshore in the evening.
- 1 to 2 metres.
- Northeast to southeasterly below 1 metre, tending east to northeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning, then tending easterly 1 to 1.5 metres around midday.
- Mostly sunny. The chance of a thunderstorm offshore.
Saturday 17 February
- Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots turning easterly 10 to 15 knots during the morning.
- 1 to 2 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the morning.
- 1st Swell
- Easterly 1.5 metres, increasing to 2 metres during the morning.
- 2nd Swell
- Southerly around 1 metre inshore, increasing to 1.5 metres offshore during the evening.
- Partly cloudy. The chance of a thunderstorm in the morning.