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There are some nice waves this morning. May be 3 foot on the sets and the occasional bigger now and then. Wind out the SW swell from the ENE. Win one of 2 FCS ponchos at Surf Photos of You.
At large, Dee Why, No Mans, North Narrabeen.
Light breezes this morning are combining with a surprisingly indolent little south swell to lure a fair number of punters on a sunny Saturday morning. The numbers from the MHL are showing swell coming from the SSE at a touch under two metres and around 11 seconds apart. I was surprised to see how small it was at the north end of the Collaroy-Narrabeen stretch and at No Man’s to Dee Why. There were the occasional sets of around waist high, maybe a bit bigger, but there were also quite long waits between them and the quality was not great. The incoming tide was probably not helping much, and those flat summer banks are still the dominant feature.
Keep the expectations modest and with a bit of effort, you should be able to find somewhere to get wet.
I’m with the Goat on the outlook for the coming week. His call (see down the page) lines up quite well with this morning’s observations and run of the forecast models. For what it’s worth, I’m still liking the look of that area off to the NE of NZ. Some of the long range models are showing the fetch building up a nice little pulse of east swell for the east coast by around this time next week. The wind forecast doesn’t look great, but then it doesn’t look totally ‘orrible either. Could be just your average onshore pattern (ie get in early before it junks out).
TIDES: H @1050, L @1720
A high pressure system west of Tasmania is moving eastwards, with a brief southerly change expected along the NSW south coast this morning ahead of it. By Sunday the high will move to the southeast of Tasmania.
A cold front is expected to move northwards along the southern coast during Monday. It should then stall along the Mid North Coast during Tuesday.
Forecast for Saturday until midnight
Winds: East to northeasterly 5 to 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots by early evening. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: Southeasterly about 1.5 metres.
Forecast for Sunday
Winds: North to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots becoming northeasterly 15 to 20 knots by early evening. Seas: Below 1 metre increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres by early evening. Swell: Southeasterly 1 metre.
Forecast for Monday
Winds: North to northeasterly 15 to 25 knots increasing to 20 to 30 knots during the afternoon ahead of a late southerly change 20 to 30 knots. Seas: 1.5 to 2 metres increasing up to 3 metres. Swell: Southeasterly 1 metre.
Dee Why, Don's surfin' pics, Long Reef, No Mans, Top stories.
The holiday weekend swell hung in for Sydney surfers right through Monday. I scoped a few shooting opportunities before deciding to do a bit of lens work near the Long Reef lagoon entrance. After awhile it looked as though the wind might mess it up, so I moved down toward Dee Why centre/No Mans to see what I could find. As always my objective was to capture as many different surfers as I could… if you were out, there’s a good chance I got a shot or two of you or one of your mates!
Long Reef, No Mans, North Narrabeen.
Short version: get out there.
Swell is still close to dead south but has surprisingly jumped up to 2 metres at 9-10 seconds. Strangely, despite those numbers, it really wasn’t that big when I checked out the Dee Why to Longy and Collaroy Narrabeen stretches. The average wave looked to be in the waist to chest high range which, given the buoy data, is about two-thirds of what I would’ve expected. Never mind, there are heaps of waves to be had so I’d be getting out there.
TIDES: L @noon, H @1800
Here’s the dope from the Bureau:
Sydney Coastal Waters, Broken Bay to Port Hacking and 60nm seawards:
Saturday until midnight: Wind: Northwesterly 10/15 knots tending north to northeasterly in the afternoon and northwest in the late evening.Sea: about 1 metre.Swell: Southeasterly about 1.5 metres.
Sunday: Wind: Northwesterly 10/15 knots increasing to 15/20 knots in the afternoon then tending west to southwest in the evening.Sea: about 1 metre rising 1 to 2 metres. Swell: Easterly about 1.5 metres.
Monday: Wind: West to southwesterly 20/25 knots decreasing to 15/20 knots during the morning then becoming southwesterly 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon.
At large, No Mans, South Narrabeen.
I’d say there’d be a few surfed out Dad’s today…
Got a few snaps this morning at South Narrabeen. Cruncher to makeable ratio was about 99:1, but it makes for good stills picture taking conditions. Pretty busy in the water, but not absurdly so because so few waves offered more than a couple turns before you were blasted into the sand. Solid size though from Gardens to around Wetherill St. Over the hill at the Longy to DY stretch, the swell was smaller and not nearly as juicy looking. Best option seemed to be around No Man’s, but the wind was becoming a factor by the time I left the beach around 1100.
I took a couple hundred snaps at Sth Narra, so will be posting those on my site later.