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Postcards from Crescent Head this morning

Posted by: on May 14th, 2016

Saturday morning saw knee to waist with the odd plusses at the top of the point. Very few of them ran down to the carpark and energy levels were pretty modest, but with a log or similar, you could definitely get the odd glide.
Hope to put up another update later…

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Daybreak tinies at the point

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Waiting games

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Putt-putting along at the point this morning

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Weekend warriors filling the carpark at dawn

Postcards from Crescent

Posted by: on May 10th, 2016

Hello Friends,
Your correspondent started tapping out this note somewhere between Macksville and Coffs as we were making our way through an apparently endless sequence of roadworks slowdowns. Your tax dollars are definitely at work up this way. Stayed in Crescent last night. When we pulled in an hour or so before dark the skies were lowering and grey and a cruel north wind was working over the point unmercifully. But it was also clear that there was some sort of wave energy.
Set up in our cabin near the point and logged on to check the email etc. Forums were down and showing a scary looking database error. Typical! So instead of wandering over to the bowlo for a quiet ale, had to try to fix things first. After exhausting rackspace help desk, I flicked a ‘help Mr Wizard’ text to RealSurf’s tech god Ross, who, wonder of wonders actually had time to dig around in the smoking wreckage. I was not hopeful I have to say when I pulled the plug last night. But…
Next morning it was still more cloudy than not, but the deck was much higher and the baleful northerly had been replaced by a light SW breeze. A quick check of the point revealed textured, soft but long and straight chest high lines with the odd bigger set. Checked the phone for news from Ross and woohoo, once again after considerable labour he’d snatched the brand from the burning for us. Light of heart, paddled out for a few.
Tide was coming in so the fatness wasn’t improved. Lots of waves were sectioning soon after you scrambled in, but every now and then you’d get a worthy speciman and fun ensued. Was on my battered but still reliable 6’3″ 7S rather than my more battered but fun mal. If I was being strictly objective, the mal probably would’ve been the better option, but you know how it is when you’re in the mood for a short board…
Haven’t had a chance to look at the prospects, not that it matters, we’re on surfari and it’ll be what it’ll be. Catchya tomorrow with another postcard I hope. In the meantime, have yourself a top old day.

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0650 and a little texture but looking very do-able at Crescent

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Finding the high line

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Yeah, soft, but still pretty fun!

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View from the water

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Might whack that lip…

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Yet another section to get around

Postcards from Crescent Head

Posted by: on May 4th, 2016

Hello Friends,

Swell faded overnight and this morning on high tide it was too fat and full to lure us into the water. So a local mate took us down to one of his fave little wave spots where we picked up a few clear water tinies. Got back around lunch time and tide was out and 20 or so folks were chasing ankle to waist little runners.

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0740 along a north coast beach

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Rider at the point around 1230

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Stepping up at the point

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Set wave at Crescent Head around lunchtime

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Cheater five as the section drops over

Crescent Head this am (vid)

Posted by: on May 3rd, 2016

Herewith a short bit of video from this morning at Crescent Head…

Pretty pictures from this morning at Crescent Head

Posted by: on May 3rd, 2016

Dropping tide, healthy crowd (40+, lotsa boomers), sunny skies, light offshores and mostly knee to waist but with just enough chest to shoulder sets to keep it fun and interesting. After getting out, I grabbed the Fujifilm X-Pro2 and the 100-400mm lens I have for testing and sat at the top of the point, where the pictures below were taken. Big schedule today: eating, napping and another surf is the plan. Hoping to rinse and repeat tomorrow… but we’ll see…

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Stepping up

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Dancing

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Stance wrong, but in the spot

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Off the top at Crescent

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Covered for a second

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Tuesday drive

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surfin’

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Head dip

Sticky: Caught a few at Crescent

Posted by: on September 6th, 2013

Fun section

Anticipation
Hello Friends,

As foretold by the swell models, there was a bit more swell up north than in Sydney again today. We need to be back in Sydney by 5, so surfin’ had to finish by around 1100. We started the morning with a quick look at the point With our peerless local guide Greg. Sadly, it was getting mauled by a steady north wind and after watching for awhile, we decided not to join the 20 or so in the water chasing occasional chest high sets, but instead went over the hill to get out of the wind. The beach break was strictly so-so because the fading east swell had a fair amount of north bump running through it, plus the banks weren’t too good. Size was okay, but for the most part they were one-turn wonder waves that invariably ended in a thumping shut down.
Back beach, Crescent

After thrashing around for an hour or so, we decided to go back to the caravan park to grab our stuff and take off for home, resigning ourselves to not getting a mal sesh in. But, wonder of wonders, when we got back to the point, the wind had faded to a light breeze, there were still sets and thanks to changeover, not too many in the water. So, it was mals to the fore and we paddled out for a few quick ones before making for home.

We both managed to score some very long rides from the point to about half way to the shorey. Very fun. I had my waterproof(ish) camera along and I tried shooting some video for you. Not sure on that front, as I haven’t had a chance to look at it. We’re now on the road rolling southward for Sydney where it looks from the latest MHL data to be a marginal metre or so from the ESE at around 10s.

A quick glance at the models, seems to indicate that the swell will maintain its generally lacklustre quality for another week at least, although at least one set of predictions were being a little hopeful about mid next week.

Tomorrow’s election day, so I hope you’ve used the ABC’s excellent Vote Compass taken a chance to compare your own perspective with what’s being proposed by the different parties. I have to confess to feeling very downhearted about the likely changes coming our way as a party that generally regards climate change as an annoying and trivial enthusiasm of climate scientists and ratbag environmentalists. This morning and yesterday when I was walking along the beaches south of Crescent Head, the sand dunes were very clearly cut back by coastal erosion. You can see the same thing up at North Narrabeen. And today was 30 degrees as we drove south. It’s the hottest year on record so far. Mother nature isn’t messing about and pretending otherwise in my view is telling our kids and grandkids that we just don’t care, we just can’t be bothered.

I rarely mention politics because I know that isn’t why people visit the site, but at election time, I believe it is not inappropriate.

Go well!

Weather Situation
A high pressure system over the Tasman Sea extends a ridge into New South Wales and will remain the dominant feature over the next few days. A weak trough is expected to bring a southerly change to the central parts of the coast Friday morning. The trough is expected to be slow moving over the weekend.
Forecast for Friday until midnight
Winds
Variable about 10 knots.
Seas
Up to 1 metre.
Swell
East to southeasterly around 1 metre.
Saturday 7 September
Winds
Variable about 10 knots becoming southeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the late afternoon.
Seas
Up to 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres later in the evening.
Swell
East to southeasterly around 1 metre.
Sunday 8 September
Winds
Southeasterly 10 to 15 knots becoming easterly about 10 knots during the afternoon.
Seas
Up to 1 metre.
Swell
South to southeasterly around 1 metre.

Sticky: Up the coast

Posted by: on September 5th, 2013

Hello Friends,

Woke up to some fun-size mainly east swell in Crescent Head this morning. 20+ people in the water at the point as the sun cleared the horizon so, with the threat of stiff north wind on the cards, our local host suggested we look south along the road to Plomer. Turned out to be a good idea because there were any number of options in various north corners. We ended up past Plomer tucked in against a headland where we were well protected from any north wind, but still exposed to the swell. Tide was pretty full to begin with, but we all got fun lefts and rights in the chest to shoulder plus range.

I had the waterproof camera with me, but being beachbreak, I didn’t really get anything much of interest. I shot a little video, but I haven’t checked to see how it turned out. Maybe later. We’re setting a hectic schedule: wake up, surf, eat, nap, surf again, bbq, sleep.

Swell up this way was around the 2 metre mark from the east at about 10 seconds, down in Sydney swell direction is also east, but it’s not quite a metre at 10 seconds, so I would expect magnet spots to be around the waist to waist plus mark.

It looks as though tomorrow in Sydney will see the energy levels drop a notch, so those magnets may be knee to waist. Wind may be a bit more favourable as it should move from the present northerly more to the NW.

Have yourself a top old Thursday!

A few snaps for you…

Nice lines

Water view

Hectic scene

Sunrise at Crescent

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North Coast beachie

Thump

Flicking it around

Forecast issued at 4:10 am EST on Thursday 5 September 2013.
Weather Situation
A high pressure system over the Tasman Sea extends a ridge into New South Wales and will remain the dominant feature over the next few days. A weak trough is expected to bring a southerly change to the southern half of the coast from late Thursday.
Forecast for Thursday until midnight
Winds
Northerly 15 to 20 knots.
Seas
1 to 2 metres, decreasing below 1 metre around midday, then increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres by early evening.
Swell
Easterly around 1 metre.
Friday 6 September
Winds
West to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots becoming variable about 10 knots before dawn then becoming north to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the late evening.
Seas
Up to 1 metre.
Swell
East to southeasterly around 1 metre.
Saturday 7 September
Winds
West to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots, ahead of a southerly change 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon.
Seas
Up to 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon or evening.
Swell
East to southeasterly around 1 metre.

Heading south, hoping for one more sesh…

Posted by: on July 5th, 2012

Hello Friends,

Swell seems to have backed off overnight up this way. Combined with an incoming tide, it meant that the keen folk in the water at the top of the point at Crescent were waiting a very long time for a bite at one and two wave knee high sets. And those mostly ran out of puff before they were even a third the way down the point.

Swell is perking along at a respectable 3 metres from the south with an average period around the 9 second mark, so I’d have to think that Sydney south swell spots should fire this morning. The Bureau is calling for south to south east wind, but it seems to have stayed SW into late morning.

So after a couple big cups of coffee and bacon-egg roll, it was time to head back out to the Pac Hwy and take the left for Sydney. We’re going to have a squiz at Wallaby on the way… just in case… ya never know, we might get lucky…

Not much showing on the swell forecast models this morning. Indeed it looks as though we could have an extended period of small to micro over the coming week.

Have a great Thursday!

Weather Situation
A strong, slow-moving high pressure system near Adelaide is extending a ridge to the northern Tasman Sea. The high is expected to be centred near Bass Strait on Friday maintaining the ridge along the New South Wales coast.
Forecast for Thursday until midnight
Winds
South to southeasterly 15 to 25 knots.
Seas
1.5 to 2 metres.
Swell
Southerly 2 to 3 metres.
Weather
The chance of thunderstorms. Large swells breaking dangerously close inshore in the morning.
Friday 6 July
Winds
Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots turning southerly in the morning.
Seas
1 to 2 metres.
Swell
Southeasterly about 2 metres.
Weather
The chance of thunderstorms offshore early in the morning.
Saturday 7 July
Winds
Southerly 10 to 15 knots turning southeasterly below 10 knots during the day.
Seas
Below 1 metre.
Swell
Southeasterly 1.5 metres.

Sticky: On Surfari: Old Bar and Crescent Head

Posted by: on April 26th, 2010

Hello late evening fans,

Set off on my biennial surfari with mate Guy this morning. (We first started doing these trips back in 1977!). We left Sydney with some pretty tasty looking conditions early and were therefore hopeful about what we’d find. We checked the situation at Old Bar around 1400. Winds were good at the point, but there was no hint of swell, so we pushed onward, hoping to find something at Crescent before the light went away.

What we found was extremely small, but not totally flat conditions. Fortunately we have mals as well as short boards, so we went for a splash. It was very inconsistent and rarely above knee high, but there were three or four sets, so against the evidence of our senses, we’re nurturing hopes for tomorrow…

Here’s the wave of the late arvo session… it came in while we were getting ready to go out…

Cronulla officially a surfing reserve

Posted by: on September 6th, 2008

 

Boundaries of the new Cronulla Surfing Reserve

Boundaries of the new Cronulla Surfing Reserve

In early September, Cronulla officially joined 23 other National Surfing Reserve sites around Australia. Cronulla is NSW’s fifth National Surfing Reserve (the others are Angourie, Crescent HeadLennox Head and Maroubra). Recognised by the NSW Department of Lands, Cronulla is now gazetted by the department under terms of the Crown Lands Act of 1989. The zone covered extends 500 metres to sea from the mean high tide line (see map above).

Declaring a surf reserve means officially recognising its cultural and historical importance to Australian surf culture (something Cronulla and the other sites clearly have!). Beyond that, it also means that interested groups can form a Board of Management to promote and protect the site. This might for instance mean devising a management plan for the area or acting as an advocate when developments are proposed that might affect the reserve.

According to a paper published in 2007 for the 9th International Coastal Symposium, co-authors Dr. Andrew Short and National Surfing Reserves chairman Brad Farmer outline three broad purposes for declaring a surfing reserve: formal recognition of the surfing significance and quality of the surf; recognition of the long and close links of surfers and the surf spot(s); and, to assist in the long term preservation of the site for future surfers. 

The very first surfing reserve was established by the Victorian state government in 1973 at Bells Beach.

 

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