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Swell coming

Posted on May 8th, 2009 in At large, On the road.

Hello Friends,

Closing in on the old Sydney town… we did get some little waves on the way home too. Nothing to rave about, but they were fun. Pulled into Scotts Head and found that the swell was just starting to show a tiny bit. Mostly it was under waist high, but now and again something a touch bigger would roll around the point and into the cool offshore. You really needed to have a mal for all but the biggest ones and they didn’t have a ton of energy so you really had to surf them carefully to stay in the wave as it ran into the beach. About a dozen folks out, including at least a couple who check this site apparently. Quite the hoot.

The weather turned drizzly as we got ready to leave. I grabbed a shot which I think is reasonably representiative of what was happening.

Late arvo and the sets getting a bit bigger and more consistent.

Late arvo and the sets getting a bit bigger and more consistent.

It looks to me as though Sydney could be seeing three metres of south swell at around ten seconds apart by tomorrow morning. We’re set to have S to SW wind with it, so there should be some options around for intermediate and experienced surfers. And the models continue to predict that we’ll get a solid run of south swell right through about Thursday. Size range looks like it could make it into double overhead at the most exposed spots early in the new week. Naturally I’ll be updating as often as possible over the period.


Evening wrap

Posted on May 7th, 2009 in On the road.

Hello late evening folk,

A few more pics from the day on the north coast…

Graceful moment at the Pass this afternoon.

Graceful moment at the Pass this afternoon.

Seen at the Pass today.

Seen at the Pass today.

Mostly nowhere near as good as this, but there were moments to be sure this morning.

Mostly nowhere near as good as this, but there were moments to be sure this morning.


Up da coast – depending on your point of view

Posted on May 7th, 2009 in On the road.

Hello Friends,

Looks as though it’s a good morning to be somewhere other than Sydney. Not that Rob’s pics make it look bad or anything, but it does seem smaller than I’d have guessed. Lull before the big swell maybe…

Here’s the Bureau’s call

Sydney Coastal Waters, Broken Bay to Port Hacking and 60nm seawards:
Thursday until midnight: Wind: NW 5/10 knots, tending S/SW early, freshening to 15/20 knots during the afternoon and 20/25 knots at night.Sea: less than 1 metre, rising to 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the afternoon/evening. Swell: S 1 to 1.5 metres. Isolated early thunderstorms.
Friday: Wind: S/SW 20/25 knots, easing to 15/20 knots later. Sea: 2 to 2.5 metres abating 1 to 2 metres later. Swell: S 2 to 2.5 metres.
Saturday: Wind: S/SW 20/30 knots.

Next tide is a low a little before 1pm.

Meanwhile, a hundreds of kays to the north…

Just scoped out the beaches from Flat Rock to Lennox Head reefs. Tide was pretty high, so only one person in the water at Lennox Head itself, but I’d say as the tide drops it should start getting interesting because there are some shoulder high sets around the place. Over at Boulder there was the usual crew of a dozen or so. Quite fat there and seemed to be only one peak for everybody to share. Flat Rock was quite fat as well. Looked like maybe with a mal or SUP it’d work. The fatness also prevailing at Lennox reefs. Reasonable number in the water chasing the odd shoulder high plus set. Wind offshore to start with, so looked fun for the mals and SUPs.

Got some pics to share, which I’ll post an hour or so after this goes live. Hope to have more pics later today as we’re going to run up to Byron to catch up with Byron Bay Today’s maestro, Ben.

Have yourself a top old morning and keep the diary clear for next week as it shows every sign of being an exceptional one…