For the next two months, RealSurf will be trying to raise sufficient funds to underwrite a major site re-design. We’re using the Pozible crowdfunding platform and we really need your help to make our target. Please take a look as soon as you can at the We’re RealSurf project. Thanks in advance not only for your generous support but for sharing our project with other surfers! -Don Norris
SUP rider sets up a short glide to the sand at Longy.
Fog was so thick along the northern beaches this morning that visibility was down to only a few hundred metres. Not that there’s all that much to see. I wandered down to Longy to scope the ESE windswell options and grab a pic or two.
As you can see, set waves are struggling to make the waist high mark. Plus, they’re really slow and weak, so if you don’t have a decent rider weight to craft length ratio happening, well, it ain’t happening.
The outlook for the next few days where Sydney’s concerned, seems to be about where it was yesterday, ie small to flat through the weekend. Your best shot this morning is spots that can do something with the weak E to ESE windswell. By this afternoon, the dominant direction could be going more to the NE and come tomorrow, that looks like being the setting for the next 48-72 hours.
Could be a good week for catching up on things. Speaking of which, yesterday afternoon we launched our new merchandise shop. For some time now I’ve been getting asked when we’d do some RealSurf tee shirts again and so after looking around at the various options, I came across an on-demand printing site called zazzle.com.
They recently opened an Australian office to build on their US success. What’s cool about it is that you can put designs (such as our logo!) on all kinds of stuff – and you only make the shirts or cups or whatever when an order comes in. Much better than the old way where you had to guess demand for styles, sizes, etc and then make a bunch and hope they’d sell.
In coming weeks, I’ll be adding more products to the shop, but for now you’ll find various Friends of RealSurf clothing options – and a couple different FoRS coffee cups too. Check it out below…
Synoptic Situation A high pressure system over the Tasman Sea will remain slow-moving during the next few days. Northerly winds will increase on Thursday ahead of a weak front which should cross the coast Thursday evening or Friday. A low is expected to deepen over Bass Straight during Saturday, with an associated cold front expected to bring a more vigorous southerly change to NSW later on the weekend.
Sydney Coastal Waters,Broken Bay to Port Hacking and 60nm seawards: Wednesday until midnight: Wind: Variable 5/10 knots at first, tending NE 10/15 knots during the afternoon and increasing to 15/20 knots later.Sea: less than 1 metre, rising to 1 to 2 metres in the afternoon/evening. Swell: E/SE about 1 metre. Thursday: Wind: N/NE 10/15 knots, strengthening to NE 20/30 knots in the afternoon. Sea: 1 to 1.5 metres, rising to 2 to 3 metres later. Swell: E/NE 1 metre. Friday: Wind: NW 15/25 knots, easing later.
Good news for everyone who’s asked when we were going to do another fundraiser so you could get a new RealSurf t-shirt.
We’ve just set up a fresh online shop with a range of Friend of RealSurf shirts – and even a couple of FoRS coffee cups.
Friend of RealSurf white tee
The rather cool thing about the new shop is that it lets you easily choose from heaps of different styles and colours. We’ve made the leap into on-demand production. All you have to do is pick out a design you like, place your order and the shirt (or coffee cup) is printed and sent to you. Our shop is driven by an outfit called zazzle.com.au. They’re big in the States and have recently set up in Australia, so everything’s pretty slick and well designed.
Anyway, we’re stoked to have a way to produce FoRS shirts again, so we’re hoping lots of you will dive in and get yourself one today. Thanks in advance for your generosity!