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Postcards from Cali: Campus Point promising for later

Posted by: on November 17th, 2015

Hello Friends,
Light NW wind in Sydney just before daybreak. Should pick up a bit during the morning before going around to the NE and picking up into the 15-20 kt range. Summery. Swell was 1.4 metres at 8 seconds from the SSE. That could see some knee to waist plusses at the better spots for the morning session. Once the wind gets going this afternoon, I’d guess the SSE stuff will get hammered. Tide’s high just on noon, so early risers should get a little incoming push. Air temps heading toward 25 later and on Friday it’s shaping to be a stinker. Could hit the old century mark. Not good.
Surf energy looks like fading across the rest of the week and into Saturday. Happily the models are still calling for a brief but reasonably solid south event on Sunday. Hope the winds will be kind to you!

Meanwhile in another hemisphere…

Wind still howling just offshore at Santa Barbara this morning and we’re headed to a deep high tide around lunch time. A weak but okay size wind swell is starting to push in and as the tide runs out this afternoon there could be a fun one or two at Campus Point. Only 4 people in the water when I checked, but once the tide drops and they start to get some snap, that’ll change. Even so, the camera made the Collaroy-soft little walls look very nice…

Fat  at high tide but promising at Campus point later

Fat at high tide but promising at Campus point later

Only energy in the top foot of these high tide cuties.

Only energy in the top foot of these high tide cuties.

campus point

There are 18,000 UCSB students within 300 metres of this!

Forecast for Tuesday until midnight
Winds
North to northwesterly about 10 knots tending north to northeasterly 15 to 20 knots in the afternoon, locally reaching 25 knots in the evening.
Seas
Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres around midday.
Swell
East to southeasterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Sunny.
Wednesday 18 November
Winds
Northerly 15 to 20 knots, reaching 25 knots offshore in the morning, shifting south to southeasterly in the evening.
Seas
1 to 2 metres.
Swell
Easterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Sunny.

Goin’ quiet

Posted by: on January 2nd, 2012

Hello Friends,

Light north breeze and a small, but not miniscule east wind swell for Sydney this morning. Dial the expectation-o-meter down pretty low and you should be able to talk yourself into a splash at your favourite beach break. Figure knee high to maybe waist on the bombs I’d say.

The Bureau sez: North to northeasterly 5 to 10 knots, increasing to 10 to 15 knots during the morning and 15 to 20 knots in the afternoon.

Tide’s low around 0845, so the incoming push might help a bit.

Looks from the forecasts as though the next week will be pretty quiet wave-wise for Sydney. Seems as if all the interesting systems are going to stay well clear of the swell windows.

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Your postcards from California show Campus point today. We actually had some shoulder high sets yesterday, but it’s faded to knee high this morning, so not sure that I’ll get wet on what is for me the first day of 2012… however, in a couple days time we’re due for the first big swell of the winter season, so I hope to have something more interesting to share.

(Below) The top of Campus point (so called because it’s within the boundaries of the University of California at Santa Barbara) is the main surf zone. It mostly breaks during the autumn-winter months when the swell is out of the NW. There are a number of distinct peaks, so it spreads the often considerable crowds out.

(Below) Poles is the next distinct break down from the point at Campus. As you may be able to tell from the pic, it’s a well-defined reef that can peel for a hundred metres or more if the swell is big enough. Super fun on a mal, but good for short boards when it’s firing.

(Below) Looking down the point from Poles. On really big swells (only a handful of times in a season), you can pick up a wave from Poles and take it all the way down to the corner at Goleta beach park! Jelly legs material.

Have a good one and Happy New Year!

Postcard from California: still tiny

Posted by: on January 4th, 2009

Hello Friends,

One of the bigger set waves this afternoon.

One of the bigger set waves this afternoon.

Late arvo update: managed to find some little waves at Sands beach just west of Isla Vista. It was only an hour or so before sunset, but there were some glassy little waist to chest high things coming in every now and then. Finally got a chance to try the 6’8″ 7S super fish. Worked very well too. Just the thing for relatively gutless conditions. Weird thing is that I didn’t see any tar on the beach. In the old days there was always heaps of the stuff from the natural seeps just offshore. But apparently all the oil pumping has decreased it quite a bit. So now you know!

Far Nth Collaroy looking pretty sad and small (WRL cam pic)

Far Nth Collaroy looking pretty sad and small (WRL cam pic)

Sunday surf prospects for Sydney don’t look to fabulous – but they look better than where I am. However, more of that in a moment. Wind is out of the north in Sydney at around 10 kts as I write this, but the forecast from the Bureau is “N/NE 15/20 knots, increasing to NE 20/25 knots during the afternoon.Sea: 1.5 to 2 metres, rising to 2 to 2.5 metres during the afternoon.Swell: SE/E 1 to 1.5 metres.” So, more junky short-period stuff in the waist to a bit above range most places I reckon. You’d want to be fairly desperate to get wet.

Outlook seems to be for more or less of the same across the next few days in Sydney. Up the coast looks more hopeful for size, but the wind could be an issue. The models seem to be pointing toward a gradual improvement from about midweek as the NE windswell builds up.

Might work with a ten-foot mal...

Might work with a ten-foot mal...

Meanwhile, on the other side of the ocean, you’re missing a whole lot of nothin’ in SoCal. There are storms out in the Gulf of Alaska, but the angle is just too steep to get into this coastline. I just had a look at the beach an hour or so ago at a spot called Campus point, and there was just about zip. You might be able to get a mal to glide along, but my new 7S fishy would be pretty marginal. I’m hoping there might be a slight improvement this afternoon… but, it doesn’t seem very likely. Ah well, so it goes.

Have yourself a top old day!