Posts in Mona Vale

Mona and Wazzawood

Posted on December 19th, 2017 in Mona Vale.

Out for a bike ride so will toss up a few pics as I go. Looks like a reasonable crowd at Mona Vale where wind still light and waves are knee plus but very slow and weak. Not as energetic at Warriewood but similar size.

Above Warriewpod bomb set 1030

A few pics from this morning

Posted on February 13th, 2012 in At large, Mona Vale, North Narrabeen, South Narrabeen, Warriewood.

Found myself running an important errand up to Newport, so on the way back, I grabbed a few snaps. Looks pretty small at most places, but there are some shoulder high sets hiding in amongst the little ones…






Posted on September 25th, 2011 in Mona Vale.


Still some swell about

Posted on August 9th, 2011 in At large, Dee Why, Mona Vale, North Narrabeen, South Narrabeen, Warriewood.

Hello Friends,

Had an errand this morning that allowed me to check out a few extra beaches for you. Started at the Warriewood lookout and can tell you that there were a grand total of four people in the water from there to Mona Vale. Waves were in the knee to waist high range and quite inconsistent. However the surface was glassy and the lines were clean, so it wasn’t without its attractions.

Whizzed by little Narrabeen but didn’t stop as no one seemed to be in the water. Next surf check was a couple blocks south of North Narrabeen so that I could see from one end of the beach to the other. There were maybe half a dozen in the water at Northy chasing infrequent waist high sets and something approaching that number way down the beach toward Marquesas – where it seemed to be equally small.

According to the MHL Sydney buoy, swell height and energy levels were little changed from yesterday afternoon – ie out of the south at about 12 seconds apart with an average height at sea of about 1.5m.

The forecast calls for the swell to fade slowly through the day. Tide’s low at about 1010 and high at 1650 or so. The low tide’s not exceptionally low and that means we’re looking at a degree of fatness that will only worsen once the tide turns.

Outlook is for the winds to stay generally out of the westerly quarters over the next three days and the swell should kind of hang in there at just above too small to surf – assuming you’re looking at a south swell spot.

Have yourself a great Tuesday!

Weather Situation
A complex low pressure system over waters just southeast of the state is expected to move very slowly to the east/northeast and intensify on Wednesday and Thursday before moving away towards New Zealand on Friday. The exact position of the low remains uncertain though strong southwest to southerlies are likely to extend gradually northward along the coast from Wednesday.
Forecast for Tuesday until midnight
West to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots becoming southwesterly 10 to 20 knots later in the evening.
Below 1 metre.
Southerly 1.5 to 2 metres.
The chance of thunderstorms offshore.
Wednesday 10 August
West to southwesterly 10 to 20 knots.
1 to 1.5 metres.
Southeasterly about 1.5 metres.
Thursday 11 August
Westerly 15 to 20 knots tending southwesterly up to 15 knots during the morning.
Up to 1.5 metres.
Southeasterly 2 to 3 metres.





Pics by Don: Friday 3 June Big North Narrabeen and Mona Vale + some Bower

Posted on June 6th, 2011 in Don's surfin' pics, Mona Vale, North Narrabeen, Top stories.

Friday 3 of June was Pumping with a capital P. Your humble servant was out and about with the lens and he shot heaps of huge, perfect waves at Northy and Mona Vale. I tried to get shots of average surfers, so if you were in the water while I was shootin and you caught a wave, there’s a good chance I got a frame or three of your amazing stylings!

As always, click on the pics to go to the complete gallery.

North Narrabeen (am) – 510 pictures

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Mona Vale (late am) – 184 pics

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Fairy Bower (pm) – 88 pics

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That was fun!

Posted on June 3rd, 2011 in At large, Fairy Bower, Mona Vale, North Narrabeen.

Hello Friends,

Just a quick wrap for ya on Friday.

I started the morning with a hike up to North Narrabeen to see how the swell was going. It had looked too messy and unphotogenic at Dee Why and I was confident the east swell would be lining up nicely at the old Northy. And it was. So I shot there for longer than I probably should of, but they were such good waves… good to see both Terry Fitz and Mr. Thruster himself, the peerless Simon Anderson in the water. Got a few frames of both too. Here are some samples…



After tearing myself away from Northy, I made my way to another east swell magnet, the mighty Mona Vale. Turned out not to be quite in Northy’s league, but there were a lot fewer folks in the water and some of the sets were looking kinda tasty so I set up the camera and shot for an half an hour or so. The swell was less consistent and the bombs weren’t quite as big. Later, when I got a chance to look at the MHL data, it was apparent that the average size of the swell at sea had dropped close to a 0.5 metre from the 3m peak earlier. Here’s a sample for ya…

After Mona Vale, I looped through Dee Why to grab some sushi and to have a quick squizz. Still didn’t look that clean and no one was in the water at the point, so I decided to see what was what down Manly way. Figured there might be something at the Bower and there was. However the wind was chopping it up a bit and while I watched there didn’t seem to be the energy level of up north. So I shot for awhile and then decided I might as well get wet myself. Rather than drive around any more, I just grabbed the 7S and paddled across to the Bower. It seemed to improve a bit and we were definitely getting the odd set with a wave face into the 8-10 foot range. Jagged a few more for my lifetime total and enjoyed myself despite the large-ish crowd. Anyhoo, here’s a sample from the Bower shooting sesh…


I have hundreds of pictures to sort through from today, so I’d better get on with it because I’m planning to do the same tomorrow. Hope to see you as I’m out and about. Don’t be shy – say hi!

Oh yeah, and tomorrow morning after you’ve had a surf, I can get you an extra coffee for nix at the Green Groper at 2 Ocean Street Narrabeen (immediately north of the servo). Just tell ’em Don from RealSurf sent ya and they’ll give you two coffees for the price of one.

Catchya tomorrow!

PICS: Mona Vale, Wed arvo pumping

Posted on March 24th, 2011 in Don's surfin' pics, Magic Days, Mona Vale, Top stories.

After shooting Manly in the morning, I decided to check out Mona Vale in the afternoon. It was well populated (but so was everywhere with a wave) and the shooting conditions were perfect – front lit, offshore and two metres of 10 sec east swell doing its thing. I found myself a nice spot and started blazing away. In the end I came back with more than 250 shots. If you were in the water and you caught a wave, it’s highly likely you’re in that lot someplace(s)!

If you don’t know the drill, it’s simple as: just click on any pic you want to see at a larger size and then look top left for the link to the choice of sizes/prices.

And here’s another shot from the gallery…

What a day!

Posted on August 11th, 2010 in At large, Bungan, Dee Why, Long Reef, Mona Vale, North Narrabeen.

Hello late evening visitors!

Hope Sydney surfers all got in for a wave at some point during the day. The NE swell was pumping at exposed places. Sets were into the overhead range (solidly) and it was pretty consistent.


I did a fair amount of shooting too. Started this morning at Northy on a kind of full tide and with cloud making the colours dull. But there were some nice waves being ridden by the good size crowd.


Next stop was Bungan where word had reached my shell like ears that there were a few tasty ones. It wasn’t quite in Northy’s league, but sets were almost into the same size range and there was enough juice to snap at least one board.


Finally I pulled up at Mona Vale where it was very definitely firing. Again, got a few snaps that I hope captured people having fun in the crunchy, high quality waves.

After all that shooting I figured it was my turn, so I got in the water at Longy down toward No Mans. Good crowd on it, but it was consistent and while not as big as the other three spots, we still had a few pretty fun sets and I scored a few nice ones.



The swell is set to last into tomorrow morning but to be on the decline through the day. Plus it looks like we’ll have a bit of wind with it.

Friday looks to be changeover day as we switch from NE to S swell. Latest run of the models are calling for a very substantial spike arriving Friday. From Friday arvo through to Saturday morning could be rather impressive. Some estimates are calling for 3-4 metres of south swell and the Bureau says we’ll have SW to NW wind. I might be shooting a few more pics.

See ya in the morning!

Thr TIDES: H @0945 L @1540
Sydney Coastal Waters, Broken Bay to Port Hacking and 60nm seawards:
Gale Warning.
Wednesday until midnight: Wind: Northwesterly about 25 knots.Sea: 1.5 to 2 metres increasing to 2 to 3 metres later in the evening.Swell: Northeasterly 2 to 3 metres. Isolated afternoon thunderstorms possible.
Thursday: Wind: West to northwesterly 25 to 30 knots tending west to southwesterly during the morning then becoming southwesterly 25 to 35 knots by early evening.Sea: 2 to 3 metres.Swell: Northeasterly 1.5 to 3 metres decreasing to about 1.5 metres during the evening. Tending southerly 1.5 to 3 metres during the evening.
Friday: Wind: Southwesterly 20 to 30 knots tending south to southwesterly 15 to 25 knots around midday then decreasing below 20 knots by early evening. Winds southerly up to 10 knots later in the evening.
Saturday: Wind: West to northwesterly 5 to 15 knots tending north to northwesterly during the afternoon then increasing to 15 to 20 knots during the evening.

PICS: Mona Vale Sun 30 May 2010

Posted on June 1st, 2010 in Click! Pics for folk, Mona Vale, Top stories.

Visited Mona Vale only briefly on Sunday but got a few shots to share. It was about as big as anywhere else and on the sets it was looking about as impressive as Manly and Northy. Anyway, hope you enjoy! And remember, if you see yourself in the shots and want to get a high res version without the watermark, just double click the image and go to the cart.

Mona Vale Sun 30 May 2010 (am) – Images by Don Norris

Pics: Dee Why beach & Mona Vale Sun 16 May

Posted on May 17th, 2010 in Dee Why, Mona Vale, Top stories.

Sunday saw a significant drop in power and size, but there were still waves to be had at Sydney’s beaches. I shot at Dee Why and then checked out Mona Vale. If you were in the water, I might’ve caught one or two of your stylin’ moves.

Dee Why beach 16 May 2010 (am) – Images by Don Norris

Mona Vale 16 May 2010 – Images by Don Norris