Articles tagged with "Collaroy"

Swell really piled in late Wednesday (vids)

Posted by: on February 17th, 2016

Two videos for you from late Wednesday afternoon. The first is from Collaroy and the second from Dee Why point. By 5 pm the swell was starting to get seriously big…


and…

Windy, messy, small and showery

Posted by: on February 6th, 2016

Hello Friends,

High tide at 0735 made for fat conditions early, but worse was the powering SSE wind chopping it up everywhere. Out at sea the swell was 2.5 metres from the SE abut the average period was a gutless 8 seconds.

As usual for a Saturday, I had a look at both the Collaroy-Narrabeen and the Dee Why-Longy stretches and the short version is that the only people in the water were at Collaroy – where it was knee to waist – and Dee Why point where it wasn’t much bigger. Both were fat and inconsistent too.

Outlook is for the conditions to stay about the same today and tomorrow, although Sunday should see the wind back off a little more in the morning. By Monday some of the models are showing more easterly swell and slightly smaller as we head into a week of what looks to be fairly typical marginal summer conditions. Not quite flat, but pretty small and undistinguished shortish period mainly east wind swell basically.

Have yourself a great Saturday one and all!

sunrise

Dramatic daybreak skies

north narrabeen

Northy looking unworthy

Whiterock maybe... but no takers at 0630

Whiterock maybe… but no takers at 0630

Collaroy surfers

Fat and full at Collaroy

south narrabeen

South Narrabeen some size, but no quality

dy point surfer

Dee Why point bodyboarder gets a slide in the slop

dee why beach surfer

Optimist paddles out at No Man’s

Collaroy late morning 29 Dec

Posted by: on December 29th, 2015

Friday Collaroy small waves, big erosion

Posted by: on September 25th, 2015

Had a look at Collaroy and White Rock this morning and can report no one in the water at the latter and relatively flabby waist to chest conditions at the former. While grabbing the snaps, I noticed that the seawall along south Narrabeen has been exposed by the swell. So, being interested in such things, I wandered up and snapped a couple of pics.
I reckon this is about as much erosion as I’ve seen there in 30 years of checking it out during big swell events. Council’s going to be pulling sand out of Narrabeen lagoon in the next year, so a fair amount of that will go down there to replenish the beach and bury the wall again. Once the spring blah’s take over and the big swell events fade away until next winter, the beach will get reestablished.

collaroy erosion

Exposed seawall, looking north from Stuart Street, Collaroy

collaroy erosion

Seawall revealed by big south swell, looking north from Wetherill Street

White Rock

You have it to yourself! White Rock looking user-hostile

Brownwater

Hoaxy old Brownwater doing its thing

Collaroy surfing

Thrilling set wave challenges rider’s skill at Collaroy

Swell but onshore

Posted by: on May 2nd, 2015
collaroy to narrabeen

Activity but no quality at 0645

drecky sth narra

Would be fun if it was clean

dy point

The point at 0640, you could ride it sort of

no mans wave

No Man’s good for no man

Hello Friends,

East swell at close to 3 metres and an average period of 8 seconds would at least be surfable. Unfortunately for Sydney surfers this morning, extra large dollops of keenness are required because we also have a baleful 10-15 kts of everywhere-trashing east to ESE wind. And the Bureau says both wind and swell will pick up around midday. And yes, rain will be heavy at times. Not that it matters much, but tide was high at 0700 and will be back to low at 1300.

Tomorrow the swell should still be chugging along from the NE at around 3 metres says the Bureau. Wind will be around to the south at 15-25 kts, so only the slightest of improvement to our prospects for a wave (although you’d have to wonder what the water quality’ll be like…)

Looking ahead, the not so good wind conditions are set to improve by Monday afternoon when we should definitely still have some east swell around. Tuesday sees mostly sunny conditions and NW wind with a steadily-fading but still there waist plus mainly ENE swell and Wednesday and Thursday look good weather wise with possible knee to waist plus east.

Your correspondent is going to head up the coast tomorrow, so expect some non-Sydney centric pictures and words for a few days…

Have yourself a great Saturday one and all!

Weather Situation
A strong high pressure system over the southern Tasman Sea is moving east slowly. A low pressure system over Southeast Queensland is expected to move offshore and southwards to be near the Northern Rivers district this morning, and then off the Mid North Coast by Sunday. Cold fronts are expected to cross the state during Tuesday and Wednesday.
Forecast for Saturday until midnight
Strong Wind Warning for Saturday for Sydney Coast
Winds
Easterly 15 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots offshore in the late morning.
Seas
1.5 to 2.5 metres.
Swell
Easterly 2.5 to 3 metres, tending northeasterly 3 metres during the morning, then increasing to 3 to 4 metres around midday.
Weather
Cloudy. 95% chance of rain, heavy at times from late this morning. The chance of a thunderstorm from late this morning.
Caution
Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.
Sunday 3 May
Winds
Southerly 15 to 25 knots.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1 to 2 metres around midday.
Swell
Northeasterly 4 metres, tending easterly 3 metres during the morning.
Weather
Cloudy. 90% chance of rain. The chance of a thunderstorm during the day time.
Caution
Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.
Monday 4 May
Winds
Southerly 15 to 20 knots becoming variable about 10 knots during the afternoon.
Seas
1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 0.5 metres during the afternoon or evening.
Swell
Easterly 2 to 2.5 metres.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 40% chance of showers.
Caution
Large and powerful surf conditions in the early morning are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.

Only a touch smaller than yesterday

Posted by: on January 31st, 2015

Hello Friends,

Swell has dropped a fair amount from yesterday’s peak intensity, but it’s not exactly tiny. If you’re a beginner or even a tentative intermediate, sit and watch for half an hour before committing. The direction (SE) and average period (10sec) haven’t changed much, but average height at sea is closer to 2-3 m than yesterday’s 3-5 m. The Bureau still has a caution for large and powerful surf conditions though.

The Narrabeen stretch was just one long line shutting down, so with that off the table, crowd pressure will be up elsewhere. Dee Why point had a healthy population at first light and there were even a few hardy types looking for something catchable in the beach break. Set wave faces were in the chest to a touch overhead range, but it would surprise me if there weren’t still the odd double-overhead bomb in the mix this morning.

Wind was light offshore for the early risers. It’s going to be SW again, but not as strong as yesterday, so again, that should be a good thing for many spots.

Tide was high at 0645 and will be back to low at 1330.

Swell should continue its gradual fade over the next 24 hours, but it’s not looking like droppimg back into the tiny range for awhile yet. The real problem is that were due to go back into another extended period of southerly wind conditions. It’s set to swing south this afternoon and then stay that way through to the middle of the week at least. Tomorrow morning could be okay though because it should be only light for the early session. Mind you, that high tide will introduce its own complications.

I’m planning to get out and about with the camera, so if you see me, wave hello! Have a great day and know your limits.

collaroy

Collaroy-Narrabeen not happening

dy beach wave

DY beachy looks like good exercise at 0645

dy point surf

Crowded early

dy point surfing

The odd bomb still in the mix

Weather Situation
A low centred to the east of Bass Strait is the dominant weather system in the region, directing a generally southerly airstream along the New South Wales coast. This low will remain slow-moving today as a high passes to its south, maintaining large swells and vigorous winds, especially in southern waters. Later tonight and on Sunday the low is expected to weaken and move away to the east, with a new high south of the Bight building a ridge along the New South Wales coast.
Forecast for Saturday until midnight
Winds
Southwesterly 10 to 15 knots, reaching up to 20 knots offshore in the morning. Winds turning southerly in the early afternoon.
Seas
1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
Swell
Southerly 2 to 3 metres.
Weather
Mostly sunny. 20% chance of a shower.
Caution
Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.
Sunday 1 February
Winds
Southerly about 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots in the middle of the day.
Seas
Below 1 metre.
Swell
Southerly 2 to 2.5 metres.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 40% chance of showers.
Monday 2 February
Winds
Southerly 15 to 20 knots.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres.
Swell
Southerly 1.5 to 2 metres.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 60% chance of showers.

Few options

Posted by: on August 19th, 2014

Hello Friends,

At 0600 the MHL buoy was showing 4.7 metres of SSE swell with an average period of nearly 11 seconds. Wind was southerly at 20-30 kts. Dee Why was unsurfably messy and it’ll stay that way all day. Around at Collaroy, the surface conditions were considerably smoother. As the pictures show there were some fat and full looking waves washing in but you could at least contemplate catching them.
From the shape of the Bureau’s forecast, we’re in for at least another three days of this wind. At the same time, the swell should be gradually weakening. Not a top outlook, but so it goes.
I managed to get a few pictures at Fairy Bower and North Steyne yesterday morning and the galleries are now online. Interestingly when I went by North Steyne on dusk while it was torrenting down and it had cleaned up dramatically. The swell was absolutely pumping too. It looked like Puerto Escondido.

Have yourself a great Tuesday!

Tides: L @0900, H @1545

surfer at collaroy beach

Collaroy rider cruises shoreward

The Kick

Pretty fat looking bomb @0720

waves at collaroy

Every now and then…

stormy sea

Nothin’ doin’

dee why point wave

All yours at 0700

Weather Situation
A complex low pressure system off the New South Wales coast moves east over the Tasman Sea today before passing over the North Island of New Zealand on Wednesday. A high pressure ridge currently south of the Bight follows in the wake of this low positioning itself over the southern Tasman Sea by the end of the week. The high is expected to strengthen and become stationary over the weekend.
Forecast for Tuesday until midnight
Gale Warning for Tuesday for Sydney Coast
Winds
Southerly 25 to 30 knots, reaching up to 35 knots offshore in the late morning and early afternoon.
Seas
2.5 to 3 metres, increasing to 3 to 4 metres offshore.
Swell
Southeasterly 2 to 3 metres.
Caution
Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.
Wednesday 20 August
Strong Wind Warning for Wednesday for Sydney Coast
Winds
Southerly 15 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots early in the morning. Winds decreasing to 10 to 15 knots in the late evening.
Seas
2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1.5 metres by early evening.
Swell
Southeasterly 2 to 3 metres.
Caution
Large and powerful surf conditions in the morning are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.
Thursday 21 August
Winds
Southerly 10 to 15 knots turning southeasterly during the morning.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning.
Swell
Southeasterly 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1.5 metres during the evening.

Pumping southeast swell

Posted by: on December 7th, 2013

Picking one up inside

Busy, busy

Steaming in

Putt-putt

Whiterock empty

Hello Friends,

Close to 3 metres of 11 second SE swell rolling in with light offshores and sunny skies as Saturday got started. Wind is set to be light until this evening when it will get up to 10-15kts from the SE. Next tide is a big high at 1120, followed by a low at 1810.

There are some serious looking sets in the mix at exposed spots, so this is definitely not a day for beginners at most places. If you want a quiet sesh, maybe check out the protected south corners because anything with good exposure to this swell will be showing sets into the overhead range. Swell looks nice and juicy too thanks to the healthy 11 second period. Pay attention and be prepared to share because it was already very busy at Dee Why before 0700.

Swell is set to peak today and then drop away pretty steadily over the next 36-48 hours. With luck we’ll get waves pretty much all day and then again tomorrow before the wind gets into it and maybe even a few scraps Monday morning.

Go well and have a top old day!

ps: will be out and about with a camera today so hope to have some snaps for you later!

Forecast issued at 4:10 am EDT on Saturday 7 December 2013.
Weather Situation
A deep low pressure system lies over the Tasman Sea near New Zealand, and a high expands over the southeastern Australia. A south to southwesterly airstream between these two systems is weakening as the low moves further away to the east. During Saturday the high will drift slowly across New South Wales, with coastal winds mostly becoming northerly on Sunday as the high reaches the Tasman Sea. The next trough is expected to bring a southerly change during Tuesday and Wednesday next week.
Forecast for Saturday until midnight
Winds
Variable about 10 knots becoming east to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the evening.
Seas
Below 1 metre.
Swell
Southerly 2 to 3 metres.
Caution
Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.
Sunday 8 December
Winds
Northeasterly 15 to 25 knots.
Seas
Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning, then increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres around midday.
Swell
Southerly 1.5 to 2 metres.
Caution
Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.
Monday 9 December
Winds
Northerly 15 to 25 knots turning northeasterly during the afternoon.
Seas
1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing below 1.5 metres during the morning.
Swell
South to southeasterly 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres.

Out and about

Posted by: on October 14th, 2013

Bower sheltered but...

Froth burger

Hiding to nothing

Wave of the morning?

Ride the Wild Surf

Where the swell's hitting

Out and about this morning and checked everywhere from Manly to North Narra. Bower was flat, Manly was scrappy but sort of do-able considering, Freshy was a case of NUP!, Curly – do you have to even ask?, Dee Why point swell not connecting, up the beach too much work for too little pay off, Collaroy, fat, slow and small per usual, far north Collaroy/way south Narra, cleanest of the bunch, very inconsistent though, Northy – yeah, right.

I’ve got a black page of doom to build, so see you on the other side!

PICS: Monday waves at the Bower & Collaroy

Posted by: on February 7th, 2012

A southerly arrived early and laid waste to most surf options on Monday, but the east swell still had some legs and there were waves to be had at the Bower and Collaroy. So, I grabbed the camera and spent some time shooting folks having fun. Links below to the complete galleries. As usual, all pics are available for purchase.

Fairy Bower 0800-0845

Collaroy 0900-0945

 

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