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Clean but tiny in showery Sydney, blowy and tiny in SoCal

Posted on March 9th, 2020 in Postcard.

Hello Friends,
First light in Sydney saw weak SW wind fanning a knee to waist high SSE swell. It was 1.6 metres at sea with a 9-second period, so south exposures should be on the upper end of the scale surfwise (maybe chest high bombs?) Tide’s high right on 0800, but it’s not a big one, so it shouldn’t be particularly fat. Beachwatch was calling yesterday water quality good at most places and reported the temp is on 24C.
Swell has bumped ever so slightly up in Santa Barbara to maybe knee high at better exposures. It’s closer to waist to chest up north on the Central Coast. Here are your postcards:

Onshore and ankle to knee at Campus Pt in Goleta

Pretty sky, light onshores and waist to chest plusses at Morro Bay

Knee with the odd plus at California Street, Ventura

Weather Situation
A slow-moving high pressure system over the Southern Ocean is extending a ridge along the coast, bringing a south to southeasterly airstream. Winds will gradually become east to northeasterly over the southern and central parts of the coast during the mid week as the high moves over the Tasman Sea.

Forecast for Monday until midnight
Winds
Southerly 10 to 20 knots.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres.
1st Swell
Southerly 1.5 to 2 metres.
2nd Swell
Easterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 60% chance of showers.
Tuesday 10 March
Winds
South to southeasterly about 10 knots.
Seas
Around 1 metre.
Swell
Southerly 2 metres, tending southeasterly 1.5 to 2 metres during the afternoon.
Weather
Partly cloudy.
Wednesday 11 March
Winds
East to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots tending east to northeasterly below 10 knots during the evening.
Seas
Below 1 metre.
Swell
Southeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the evening.
Weather
Partly cloudy.


Showers here and there

Posted on March 8th, 2020 in Postcard.

Hello Friends,
Looks from the radar like a showery start to the day for Sydney. Happily for early risers, there seems to be some energy at south swell spots. Wind is set to swing south later, but as of 0700 it was light SW and swell was dead south at 2.5 metres at about 10 seconds apart (figure waist to shoulder at best exposures).
Interestingly, we have the same showery weather as you do in Sydney here in Santa Barbara. Unfortunately we don’t have the waves or the 25C water.
While it looks as though Sydney will be southerly today and tomorrow, Tuesday might be fun for you, especially the morning session when the wind should be SW and the swell is packing a little more punch in terms of period…
Today’s postcard features the abject flatness of Goleta’s Campus point and the blowy but bigger stuff 2 hours north of here at Morro Bay.

Morro Bay, California. Sideshore, cold water and waist to shoulder high.

Campus point utterly feeble… again

Weather Situation
A slow-moving high pressure system over the Southern Ocean is extending a ridge along the coast, bringing a south to southeasterly airstream. Winds will gradually become east to northeasterly over the southern and central parts of the coast during the mid week as the high moves over the Tasman Sea.

Forecast for Sunday until midnight

Winds
Southerly 15 to 20 knots.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres.
1st Swell
Southerly 2 metres, decreasing to 1.5 metres during the afternoon.
2nd Swell
Easterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Partly cloudy.
Monday 9 March
Winds
Southerly 15 to 20 knots tending southeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the evening.
Seas
Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
1st Swell
Southerly 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the morning.
2nd Swell
Easterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers.
Tuesday 10 March
Winds
Southeasterly 10 to 15 knots decreasing to about 10 knots during the morning.
Seas
Around 1 metre.
Swell
South to southeasterly 1.5 to 2 metres.
Weather
Partly cloudy


Waist plus in Sydney but not in SoCal

Posted on March 7th, 2020 in Postcard.

Hello Friends,
Looks as though you might have a few more showers today. Water quality at most Sydney beaches yesterday was rated ‘pollution likely’, so that may need to be a consideration again today.
Swell was close to 3 metres at sea and nearly 9 seconds apart but also pretty straight south. Wind was SW early, so right on the high tide at 0710 you’d probably find waist plusses at standouts. Wind is set to swing south later though…

Once again, the surf situation in Santa Barbara is basically flat. There are waist plus waves well north of here on the California central coast. Sadly the outlook is not too wonderful, so once again, just a couple of grabs from the local cams to share…

Audience for the non-surf at Campus Point in Goleta…

Morro Bay on California’s Central Coast was picking up some waist to chest high bumps good for long boarding. Water around 13-14C

Weather Situation
A slow-moving high over the Southern Ocean will extend a ridge along the coast through the weekend and into next week.

Forecast for Saturday until midnight
Winds
Southerly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots in the evening.
Seas
1 to 2 metres.
1st Swell
Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres by early evening.
2nd Swell
Easterly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers.
Sunday 8 March
Winds
Southerly 15 to 20 knots.
Seas
1 to 2 metres.
1st Swell
Southerly 1.5 to 2 metres.
2nd Swell
Easterly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Weather
Partly cloudy.
Monday 9 March
Winds
Southerly 15 to 20 knots decreasing to about 10 knots during the evening.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres.
1st Swell
Southerly 1.5 to 2 metres.
2nd Swell
Easterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers


Wind bumps in Sydney and So Cal

Posted on March 6th, 2020 in Postcard.

Hello Friends,

Sydney was seeing 2 metre east wind swell at about 8 seconds apart this morning. Wind was WNW and light as of 0700. Waves are likely to be soft and possibly tricky to catch because of the short period, but faces at best exposures could be as much as chest high on bombs. Tide was high around 0500 and is dropping to low at noon. Water’s 24C and Beachwatch warns water may be iffy, particularly from Newport southward. Manly has a pollution likely warning. Given there’s more rain in prospect, maybe up north would be better if you really need to get in.
Still no waves for your correspondent, at least none I’m willing to drive to. As is fairly typical this time of year, Santa Cruz is a bit bigger than down this way…

Tiny line at Campus in Goleta

Weather Situation
A complex low pressure system lies in the Southern Ocean extending a trough through the Tasman Sea into northern New South Wales. This trough is forecast to move offshore today while southerly change is forecast to push up the coast. By the weekend, a high pressure ridge will extend along the New South Wales coast from a broad high centred near Tasmania seeing winds over the waters remaining in a southerly direction.

Forecast for Friday until midnight
Winds
North to northwesterly 15 to 20 knots shifting southerly 15 to 25 knots in the middle of the day.
Seas
1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning, then increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon.
Swell
Northeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres inshore, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres offshore.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.
Saturday 7 March
Winds
Southerly 15 to 25 knots.
Seas
1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1.5 metres during the morning, then increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the afternoon.
1st Swell
Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres by early evening.
2nd Swell
Easterly around 1 metre inshore, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers.
Sunday 8 March
Winds
Southerly 15 to 20 knots tending southeasterly 10 to 15 knots during the evening.
Seas
1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
1st Swell
Southerly 2 metres.
2nd Swell
Easterly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Weather
Partly cloudy.


Windblown in Syd and SoCal

Posted on March 5th, 2020 in Postcard, Surf Reports.

Hello Friends,
NE wind going from early this morning so, while there is a couple metres of 7-8 second east wind bump, surface conditions away from the protected corners are not likely to be good. (See marine forecast below)
Windy and small in SoCal this morning and only just into the surfable range in Santa Cruz. Another day for bike riding from the look of it.

Windy and tiny in Ventura this morning

Trestles not crowded at all – for obvious reasons

Clean but just surfable at Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz


Weather Situation

A high pressure system over the southern Tasman Sea extends a ridge along the New South Wales coast, while ex-Tropical Cyclone Esther approaches northwest New South Wales. This pattern is generating northeasterly winds along coastal waters, which are expected to freshen today as the remnants of Esther slip southeast across New South Wales. The next southerly change is expected on Friday as the remnants of Esther reach the Tasman Sea, and a cold front moves to the south of the state. By the weekend, another high pressure ridge will extend along the New South Wales coast from a high centred near Tasmania.

Forecast for Thursday until midnight
Strong Wind Warning for Thursday for Sydney Coast
Winds
Northeasterly 20 to 25 knots, tending north to northeasterly 20 to 30 knots in the afternoon and evening.
Seas
2 to 2.5 metres.
Swell
Southerly 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres in the afternoon.
Weather
Cloudy. 95% chance of rain. The chance of a thunderstorm.
Caution
Surf conditions in the morning may be more powerful than they appear and are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.
Friday 6 March
Winds
Northerly 15 to 25 knots shifting southerly in the middle of the day.
Seas
1 to 2 metres.
Swell
East to northeasterly 1 to 2 metres.
Weather
Cloudy. 70% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.
Saturday 7 March
Winds
Southerly 15 to 25 knots.
Seas
1.5 to 2.5 metres.
1st Swell
Southerly below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
2nd Swell
Easterly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm


Sydney south spots the go, swell swelling in SoCal

Posted on February 29th, 2020 in Postcard.

Hello Friends,
After coming up yesterday, the swell looks to be around where it was yesterday evening. Height at sea as of 0600 was 1.4m with a period of about 9 seconds. It was coming mainly from the SSE. I’d say waist to chest at magnets on mid-tide will be the go.
Wind early was light SW, but the BoM marine forecast (see below) says it’ll swing SE and then work around to the NE this afternoon. Low tide is 0640 and high is 1240. Should be a warm, partly cloudy day. Beachwatch says water is 24C. Umm, toasty.
Swell perked up yesterday afternoon here in the Santa Barbara area. Most exposures were calf to knee and a bit, but Sands was seeing waist to chest on sets. It’s up again this morning, so I’ll be heading out on a surf hunt in a couple of hours. Might have a pic or two to share (I hope!)
Here’s Sands yesterday at dusk…

Lines coming into Sands late afternoon


Sydney looking small to tiny, Cali same

Posted on February 28th, 2020 in Postcard.

Hello Friends,
When the buoy data is showing a metre at 6 seconds from the SSE, you know it’s going to be tiny to unsurfable in Sydney this morning. The morning SSW wind might be okay in a sideshoreish way if there were waves, but there aren’t. So, I’d say you have a rest day – just like here in Southern California.
I’ve grabbed a couple of snaps from Surfline cameras for you today. The first was taken an hour or so down at Ventura where the wind is unseasonably warm and offshore, but as you can see it’s only catchable on the longest boards…

Micro lines in Ventura

The second picture is from Santa Cruz’s Steamer Lane where there are chest to shoulder high waves every now and then. Too bad it’s 6 hours drive from here… and the water’s about 12-13C.

Lotsa bods chasing sets at The Lane

Weather Situation
A ridge of high pressure extends along the New South Wales coast in the wake of a cold front which moves through the northern waters this afternoon. Little change to this pattern is expected with southeast to northeasterly winds predominating along the coast for the coming days. Later on the weekend or during the new week, there is the potential for a coastal trough to extend from the Coral Sea into the New South Wales northern waters.

Forecast for Friday until midnight
Winds
West to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots turning south to southeasterly 15 to 20 knots in the late morning and afternoon.
Seas
Around 1 metre, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the morning.
Swell
Southerly below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the afternoon.
Weather
Partly cloudy.
Saturday 29 February
Winds
Southeasterly 10 to 15 knots turning northeasterly during the afternoon and evening.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the morning.
Swell
Southerly 2 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
Weather
Partly cloudy.
Sunday 1 March
Winds
Northeasterly 10 to 15 knots.
Seas
Around 1 metre.
Swell
Southerly around 1 metre.
Weather
Partly cloudy.


Little in Sydney, littler in Cali

Posted on February 27th, 2020 in Postcard.

Hello Friends,

Looks as though Sydney surf is going to be on the marginal side today. Skies are set to be mostly cloudy and wind early was SE. Not a bad day to miss out if you have to. If you’re desperate, figure on waist high on the best ones.

Was hoping for a wave today in Cali, but while the weather is perfect, yesterday’s little pulse is all gone and once again it’s flat in my bit of Southern California. Hoping for another bump in a couple of days…

Sandspit in Santa Barbara (surfline pic)

Califronia Street microness

Weather Situation
A trough is bringing a southerly change to the northern waters today, while a ridge of high pressure extends along the New South Wales coast in its wake. Little change to this pattern is expected with southeast to northeasterly winds predominating along the coast for the coming days. Later on the weekend or during the new week, there is the potential for a coastal trough to extend from the Coral Sea into the N
ew South Wales northern waters.
Forecast for Thursday until midnight
Winds
Southerly 15 to 20 knots becoming southeasterly below 10 knots in the late morning, then turning north to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the afternoon. Winds locally reaching 20 knots inshore in the late afternoon.
Seas
1 to 2 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the morning.
Swell
Southerly 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon.
Weather
Mostly cloudy.
Friday 28 February
Winds
North to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots shifting south to south to southwester 15 to 20 knots in the morning, then turning southeasterly in the afternoon.
Seas
Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
Swell
Southerly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the afternoon.
Weather
Partly cloudy.
Saturday 29 February
Winds
Southeasterly 10 to 15 knots turning east to northeasterly below 10 knots during the morning.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the morning.
Swell
Southerly 2 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
Weather
Partly cloudy.


Carpinteria salt marsh

Posted on February 25th, 2020 in Postcard.

Hello Friends,
No waves here today, and not looking exceptional in Sydney either. although at least looks like you might be able to get a knee high bump at the better exposures.

My brother needed to do some work on a climate data gathering site at Carpinteria this morning, so I grabbed my camera and tagged along. The Natural Reserve in question is one of the few coastal wetlands in southern California, so I hoped to get a few bird pictures.

Interestingly though, the first thing I photographed was a sizable gathering of sharks in the main channel from the sea. There were easily 50 of the 1-1.5 metre critters hugging the shallow bottom as they looked for their main prey, shellfish.

Tidal estuary crowded with little sharks in Carpinteria

Birdwise, it was relatively quiet, but I managed to find a few subjects…

Osprey, Carpinteria, CA

Egret

On the hunt…


Cali surf pics from today

Posted on January 19th, 2018 in Postcard.

Hi all,

Just a few stills from my trusty GoPro rig. I went back to the same place I’ve been surfing all week and again it was glassy, chest to head and a bit and uncrowded (2-6 of us in the water!). Swell angle just a little too steep for the place so got smashed by more shutdowns. Still, got a couple of very fun head high plus set waves, so I’m happy.

West Goleta again!

Standing up

Here it comes!

Not makeable, but pretty

The scene from the lineup. Air: 18C Water: 15C, Swell 1.3 m 18sec from 269°