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Micro Thursday and a postcard from Cali

Posted on April 11th, 2013 in At large, California, Postcard, Santa Barbara.

That's tiny!
Hello Friends,

Another day of abject tininess for Sydney. Beautiful otherwise, but with half a metre of 10 sec period east swell, there will be next to nothing for surfers. The sad news is that from my reading of the charts, tomorrow will be flat and Saturday may only see the slightest uptick. But from late Sunday there could be some real hope of actual waves. Be interesting to hear what the Goat thinks…

Postcard from Cali
Today’s postcard (below) was taken of the paddocks between the freeway and one of my favorite surf zones, Naples (you won’t find the name on a map) west of Goleta. My mates and I have been following the path to the beach through the head high mustard plants (now a sea of yellow with spring blooms) for close to 40 years. But today there was a rent-a-cop in a strange little vehicle (see pic) waiting at the fence to make sure we didn’t come through.

Californians are allowed to walk below the high tide line on all but a few military reservations. However, you have to get to the high tide line. There are many places like this where private property cuts off access for many kms at a time. We’re lucky in Australia that public access to our beaches is not nearly so difficult.

Keep Out!

Weather Situation
A weak cold front is bringing a southerly change to the southern New South Wales coast today, while a ridge of high pressure remains to the north. Another high pressure system, to the west of Tasmania, will shift into the Tasman Sea behind the front, maintaining a ridge across much of New South Wales through the next few days. During Saturday a trough is expected to develop off the Queensland coast then move south to southeast deepening rapidly as is reaches the Tasman Sea. Also during the weekend another weak southerly change is forecast to affect the south.
Forecast for Thursday until midnight
Winds
North to northwesterly about 10 knots tending northeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the afternoon.
Seas
Around 1 metre.
Swell
East to northeasterly below 1 metre.
Friday 12 April
Winds
Northerly 10 to 15 knots tending northeasterly in the morning.
Seas
Up to 1 metre.
Swell
Southeast to southwesterly around 1 metre.
Saturday 13 April
Winds
North to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots.
Seas
Around 1 metre.
Swell
East to southeasterly around 1 metre, tending southerly 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.


Micro Wednesday in Sydney

Posted on April 10th, 2013 in At large, California, Postcard, Santa Barbara.

0800 unsurfable

POSTCARD FROM CALI: The Pit, Santa Barbara CA, around midday. Gutless windswell with occasional moments of semi-speed.
The Pit booming with soft windswell

Hello Friends,

Looking at Sydney via the WRL cam shot this morning, I can see that exactly as foretold in the forecast, there is next to nothing going on. What little energy there is, is coming from the E by ESE at about 10 seconds apart. But it’s about half a metre on average, so even at exposed spots on optimal tide, you’ll be struggling to find anything much above the knee high mark.

According to the dear old BoM, the outlook (see below) is for further direness right through to Friday night. Some swell modelling is showing the possibility of a little very long period south swell for Saturday morning. This looks like maybe delivering waist plus at the best south swell spots. But, as always, your mileage may vary.

Meanwhile, your postcard from Cali today is of Santa Barbara junk wind swell spot, the Pit. An utterly forgettable beachy 99% of the time, this morning saw it delivering chest plus faces. They were very weak though. People were struggling to generate any real speed beyond their first turns. And most waves just dumped over anyway. Not exactly happening. Word reached me that there were little waves at the famous Rincon, but I couldn’t get away to check… our outlook is a bit better than Sydney’s in that there is at least the hope of a little wave or two over the next few days.

Have yourself a great Wendnesday one and all!

Weather Situation
A broad high pressure ridge south of the continent will direct a weak onshore airstream over New South Wales through until the middle of the week. On Wednesday the ridge will move north and the wind over southern NSW waters will turn offshore for a period. A weak southerly change is expected to affect southern coastal waters on Thursday as a low pressure trough moves through this region.
Forecast for Wednesday until midnight
Winds
Variable about 10 knots becoming northeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the late afternoon then tending northerly in the late evening.
Seas
Below 1 metre.
Swell
Easterly about 1 metre.
Weather
The chance of thunderstorms this morning.
Thursday 11 April
Winds
Northerly 10 to 15 knots turning northeasterly in the early afternoon.
Seas
Below 1 metre increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres later in the evening.
Swell
Easterly 0.5 metres.
Friday 12 April
Winds
Northerly 10 to 15 knots turning northeasterly 15 to 20 knots during the morning.
Seas
Below 1 metre increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the evening.
Swell
Easterly 0.5 metres tending southerly 1 metre from midday.


Postcard from Cali & a few thoughts on Sydney surf prospects

Posted on April 8th, 2013 in Big Picture, California, Postcard, Santa Barbara.

WRL cam @ 0700

Tajiquas, California

Hello Friends,

Sorry about the silence from your humble servant. I’m back on the other side of the planet again on family business. Looks like you’ve had nice little waves in Sydney, but I’m thinking from the look of the WRL cam at south Narra, it’s not going to be too red hot today for you.

There’s hardly any swell showing on the MHL buoy. When I checked it at about 1000, the average height at sea was less than a metre at 8 seconds from the SE. And judging from the Bureau’s latest call, there isn’t much prospect of a significant improvement over the next three days. And, if the latest swell modelling is right, there won’t be much of anything for the coming week (or more).

Meanwhile Santa Barbara’s not a lot better than Sydney. We’re having strong wind for the next few days, so yours truly probably won’t be getting wet. Water temps are around the 15 degree mark which, like the wind, is pretty typical for this place in April. Unusually warm here too. Tossed in a snap I took up north of Santa Barbara on a stretch of coast that sometimes gets a little wind swell wave under these conditions. Sadly, today wasn’t really firing up at all.

Oh and here’s the latest marine forecast from the Bureau…

Have a great Monday!

Weather Situation
A broad high pressure ridge will linger over New South Wales directing a weak onshore airstream.
Forecast for Monday until midnight
Winds
South to southeasterly about 10 knots.
Seas
Below 1 metre.
Swell
Easterly about 1 metre.
Weather
Isolated thunderstorms offshore.
Tuesday 9 April
Winds
Variable about 10 knots.
Seas
Below 1 metre.
Swell
Easterly about 1 metre.
Wednesday 10 April
Winds
North to northeasterly about 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots during the evening.
Seas
1 metre of less.
Swell
Easterly about 1 metre.


Postcard from Cali: you’re missin’ nothin’ here

Posted on April 27th, 2012 in At large, California, Santa Barbara.

Hello Friends,

Not much happening on this side of the pond. It is spring after all. Weak and tiny west wind swell is unsurfably tiny. Hoping for an improvement on the weekend…

Meanwhile, back home (where I’ll be mid next week) the MHL Sydney buoy is reporting 9 second period SE swell at two metres. That should add up to something in the waist to head high range depending on where you go. As I wrote this before dawn, wind was a light westerly. The Bureau says it’ll be S to SW but not too strong later, so I’m thinking there will be options to be had…

Tide is low around 0615 and weather should be partly cloudy.

Looks like there might be something again tomorrow morning, then a bit of a lull for Sunday am before a possible new pulse late Sunday and Monday.

Have yourself a great Friday!

Weather Situation
A cold front is crossing the southern Tasman Sea and a slow-moving high pressure system south of the Bight is extending a ridge behind the front to New South Wales north coast. Later on Saturday a southerly change will develop the south coast, extending to the central and north coasts during Sunday. The high is expected to move over the Tasman Sea by Monday.
Forecast for Friday until midnight
Winds
South to southwesterly about 10 knots tending south to southeasterly by early evening.
Seas
Below 1 metre.
Swell
Southerly about 1.5 metres.
Saturday 28 April
Winds
West to northwesterly 5 to 10 knots tending north to northwesterly during the afternoon then tending west to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots by early evening. Winds becoming westerly 15 to 20 knots later in the evening.
Seas
Below 1 metre increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres later in the evening.
Swell
Southeasterly 1 metre.
Sunday 29 April
Winds
West to southwesterly about 20 knots tending south to southwesterly during the morning then tending south to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon.
Seas
1 to 2 metres.
Swell
Easterly 1 metre tending southerly about 2 metres from midday.


Postcard from Cali: little in Santa Barbara too

Posted on April 17th, 2012 in California, Postcard, Santa Barbara.

Hello Friends,

After looking at the MHL data for Sydney this morning (1 metre of 5 sec period south wind chop) and the BoM’s wind report (15-20 kts of SSE), I was unsurprised to see it looking pretty paltry on the cams. Looks like an excellent day to get some work done.

You might want to actually, because later in the week is looking pretty interesting wave wise for Sydney. Could be some big east swell filling in from about Weds onward. Looks like it’ll be strongly onshore at first, but by Friday the north corners could be coming into play … ya lucky pups!

Over on this side of the planet, well, in Santa Barbara anyway, the weather was mild, sunny and windless. It was also, but not quite, waveless. About a metre of WNW wind swell was coming in at a spot called Sands beach (imaginative name eh?) and myself, Roberto (old hands will remember our erstwhile Puerto Rico reporter) and childhood pal PQ went in for a paddle about on mals. Actually jagged a few in the waist high range too. But is the water cold. I reckon it was at best 12-13.

I’m currently without a water camera so no pictures of our amazing triumphs of wave riding skill to share, but I did take a snap to remember the day by…


Postcard from Cali: fading west wind swell

Posted on April 16th, 2012 in Postcard, Santa Barbara.

Hello Friends,

Your jet-lagged correspondent had the opportunity to see beaches from Malibu to north of Rincon this morning and can report that it was mostly waist high to smaller along much of the coast as a little west wind swell ebbs away. Water was brown most places thanks to 50mm of rain a couple of days ago and waves generally looked on the slow side for shortboarding. The honourable exception was Rincon, where it looked as though there might be a shoulder high set with a little push every now and then.

Which, judging from the latest MHL data, is more than could be said for Sydney just a the moment!

On the other hand, the water temperature here is around 12-14, so, tiny as it may be in Sydney, at least you don’t have to rubber up like a deep sea diver if you feel like messing around with a high displacement water toy.

Go well!


Yesterday at the Ranch…

Posted on February 12th, 2012 in California, Santa Barbara.

My little brother the glider pilot happened to get an invite to Hollister Ranch yesterday. Fortunately he took his camera and got a few snaps of a very nice looking west swell doing its thing at Drakes…


Drakes, Hollister Ranch

 


Drakes set up, Hollister Ranch

 


Only one boat of surfers on it at Drakes, Hollister Ranch

 


You’d need to be rubbered up, but with Drakes looking like this, who wouldn’t pull on a wettie?

 


There’s another solid Ranch righthand point called Razorblades below this bridge…


Postcard from Cali (one last time) & waves for Sydney

Posted on May 6th, 2011 in At large, California, Santa Barbara.

Hello Friends,

Flying day for yours truly. At around 3pm Sydney time my Delta 777 flight will be climbing away from LA as it heads for Oz. Tomorrow morning I’ll be back in the land of warm water, and I hope, a wave or two to clear the jet-lagged brain.

It looks as though the punchy south swell of this morning will have faded quite a bit by tomorrow, but with luck there should still be surfable options around the place. As I typed this out at a little after 0500 Sydney time, the wind reports were showing westerly. But the forecast is for another bout of stiff SW in the morning which should then decrease as the day goes along. From the shape of the forecasts, it looks as though the swell will be overhead early but by dark be into the head to chest high range on sets at the exposed spots. Saturday could be waist to chest with the odd head high bomb.

One last set of piccies for ya from southern California. I took these yesterday when Roberto, pal Guy and I wandered around looking for something to ride mals on. There were some tiny SW sets around the place as we travelled south of Rincon toward Ventura. We ended up splashing around at a popular longboarding spot (sort of a Collaroy set up) called Mondos. Mondos is just down from Pitas point which can be quite a good wave during winter time. Anyway, it was extremely small and very slow, but we all got a few. Water was cold of course, but modern wetsuits made all the difference. In true California style when we got out of the water we headed off to a mexican restaurant for the usual post surfing fare and beers. Perfecto!

Catchya maybe later on Saturday!

Pitas point high tide and micro... 

Surfer dudes Roberto (left) and G-man after tackling the mountainous waves of Mondos 

Massive wall at Mondos (Ventura county) 

Weather Situation

A high pressure system centred over Bass Strait extends a broad ridge over New South Wales while a low develops over the Tasman Sea. Fresh southerly airstream along the coast will ease on Friday as a ridge weakens. Winds will briefly turn westerly from late Saturday ahead of a trough expected on Sunday and Monday. Fresh to strong south to southwest airstream is likely to redevelop early next week in a wake of the trough with a possible low deepening just off New South Wales coast.

Forecast for Friday until midnight

Winds: South to southwesterly 20 to 25 knots decreasing to 15 to 20 knots around midday. Seas: 1.5 to 2 metres. Swell: Southerly 2 to 3 metres. Large swells breaking dangerously close inshore.

Forecast for Saturday

Winds: South to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots decreasing to 10 to 15 knots around dawn then tending west to southwesterly up to 10 knots around midday. Winds tending west to northwesterly up to 10 knots later in the evening. Seas: Up to 1.5 metres decreasing to below 1 metre by early evening. Swell: Southerly about 2 metres.

Forecast for Sunday

Winds: West to northwesterly 5 to 15 knots becoming westerly 15 to 20 knots during the morning then tending west to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon. Seas: Below 1 metre increasing up to 1.5 metres during the morning. Swell: Southeasterly 1.5 metres.

 


Sydney looks interesting from over here…

Posted on May 2nd, 2011 in California, Santa Barbara.

Hello Friends,

Surf prospects this morning look promising for Sydneysiders. The MHL buoy is still down but the Bureau is calling for solid east swell and light winds early. The models are showing it hitting maximum around the middle of the day (when the tide will be low), but it looks as though the pulse should carry on through tomorrow too. Huey may have another round of energy for Thursday too, although the models are somewhat contradictory. The forecast says on again off again showers all week so it would appear that la nina hasn’t relaxed its grip just yet.

Here’s a snap of the swell from the top of Flight Deck in south Narrabeen (WRL cam) at 0600.

0600 and the lines are pulsing in to south Narrabeen...

 

Sadly your correspondent’s chances of getting wet again before heading back home are not too fabulous. All the models for this end of the southern California bight are looking pretty bleak. Bah. Weather’s nice though.

Go well with your day!

Weather Situation in Sydney

A deepening trough over the northern Tasman Sea and a high pressure ridge in the south combine to direct south to southeast airstream for most of New South Wales coast. As the trough further deepens and a ridge weakens, winds will strengthen along the North Coast today. Winds are expected to tend south to southwesterly throughout from Monday onwards with a weak trough from the west followed by a broad ridge building over the state by mid-week.

Forecast for Monday until midnight

Winds: South to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: Easterly 3 metres. Large swells breaking dangerously close inshore.

Forecast for Tuesday

Winds: South to southwesterly 5 to 15 knots increasing to 15 to 20 knots by early evening then becoming southwesterly 15 to 25 knots later in the evening. Seas: Below 1 metre increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres by early evening then increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres later in the evening. Swell: Easterly 3 metres decreasing to 2 metres in the afternoon and evening. Large swells breaking dangerously close inshore.

Forecast for Wednesday

Winds: South to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots. Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres increasing to 2 metres during the morning. Swell: Southeasterly 2 metres decreasing to 1.5 metres from midday.

 


Postcard from Cali & a thought or two about Sunday in Sydney

Posted on May 1st, 2011 in California, Santa Barbara.

Hello Friends,

MHL buoy for Sydney is off the air, but looking at the other data, I’d be guessing it’s around a couple metres from the east at about 9 seconds. Combine that with the WSW winds showing on the automatic weather station data, and I’d say there’d have to be something in the way of a wave. And, from the shape of the models you’re looking at another three days of this before it starts calming down and dropping back to micro just in time for my return – gnash, gnash. Aside from the on again off again showers, it looks from this side of the planet as though there could be some fun early in the new week particularly.

Meanwhile, I can once again report that spring ordinariness is dominating the Santa Barbara region. I took brother-in-law Bob down to Leadbetter point to catch a few cold tiny waves. Gotta say my nice new wetty was a wise investment because the only cold I experienced was my hands. And the water is a vicco 12 or so. Waves were weak, short period windswell in the ankle to knee high range. Folks on SUPs were having all the fun, but your correspondent managed to jag the set of the day (a massive waist high). Hey, at least I got wet! And that’s never a bad thing is it?

Go well one and all and get lots of waves.

Today’s postcard is a snap of Roberto himself waiting for something, anything to come his way…

The famous Roberto turns on the 100 watt grin while bobbing in the cold waters off Santa Barbara California.

 

Weather Situation

A deepening trough over the northern Tasman Sea and a high pressure ridge in the south combine to direct south to southeast airstream for most of New South Wales coast. As the trough further deepens and a ridge weakens, winds will strengthen along the North Coast on Sunday. Winds are expected to tend south to southwesterly throughout from Monday onwards with a weak trough from the west followed by a broad ridge building over the state by mid-week.

Forecast for Sunday until midnight

Winds: Southerly 10 to 15 knots. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: Easterly 2 to 3 metres. Large swells breaking dangerously close inshore.

Forecast for Monday

Winds: South to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots becoming southerly 10 to 15 knots later in the evening. Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres. Swell: Easterly 3 metres. Large swells breaking dangerously close inshore.

Forecast for Tuesday

Winds: South to southwesterly 5 to 15 knots becoming southwesterly up to 30 knots during the evening. Seas: Below 1 metre increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the evening. Swell: Easterly 2 to 3 metres. The chance of thunderstorms. Large swells breaking dangerously close inshore.

 


 

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