Light SSW wind for the early, so surface conditions were comparatively smooth. But the wind’ll swing southerly soon and that, combined with a 0735 high tide, means the 1.5 metres or so of 8 sec SSE wind swell won’t be producing much of interest.
If you were out early, before the wind kicked in, there were some waist plus options about, but for the most part it was more like knee to waist and rather weak.
Surf outlook isn’t too red hot for the next couple of days but the models are pretty much all showing the energy levels coming back up into the solid range from Tuesday onward. Some of the long range predictions are currently projecting swell through next weekend. So, yowza!
Have yourself a top old weekend and rack up those brownie points with family and friends because you just may need them after Tuesday…
Messing about at Gardens 0630
Out in front of the club
Risking fin damage along the rocks
Not super fabulous for the early
A high pressure system south of Western Australia extends a ridge across southern and eastern New South Wales, while a low pressure system slips away to the southeast in the Tasman Sea. A southerly change will stall about central parts of the coast this morning. A high pressure system will become established over the Tasman Sea later in the weekend, turning winds east to southeasterly as it extends a ridge to the northern coast.
Forecast for Saturday until midnight
Southerly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots inshore until mid morning.
Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the morning.
Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the afternoon.
Easterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore.
Cloudy. 60% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.
Sunday 21 February
Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots turning easterly 10 to 15 knots in the evening.
1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Easterly around 1 metre.
Partly cloudy. 60% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm during the day.
Monday 22 February
East to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots tending north to northeasterly 15 to 20 knots during the afternoon.
Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon.
Southerly around 1 metre.
Easterly around 1 metre.
Partly cloudy. 30% chance of a shower.
Please be aware
Wind gusts can be 40 percent stronger than the averages given here, and maximum waves may be up to twice the height.
Nearby Coastal Waters
South Narrabeen was firing up in autumnesque style late in the afternoon and I managed to get 150 or so pictures of the action. If you were in the water around sunset just north of Marquesas, check ’em out. And if you weren’t, look and weep!
(fyi, if you want to see all the pictures, just click on any of these and the gallery will open in a new window)
Nothing special, but definitely a few waist high bumps and lumps around the place this morning as the swell fades away and the tide drops. Big issue, apart from the declining swell energy, is the wind which the Bureau tells us will be onshore before long first from the east then SE then NE. It’s not expected to go too hard though (10-15 kts) so there may be something scrappy for you later if you weren’t able to hit it this morning.
From Dee Why to Longy and around to Northy it looked like the most interesting potential was from about the pole north on the former stretch and from Marquesas to Northy on the latter.
Should be a mostly sunny day and our next tide will be the low at 1100.
Outlook for tomorrow is smaller again with your best shot being the early for something in the knee plus range at spots that like SE wind swell.
Another south change is expected Monday morning, so that’ll push the swell back up, but surf options are looking minimal with all the wind. Tuesday is currently shaping as our best hope for something decent in the morning. Figure shoulder to head high at south magnet spots.
Have a great Saturday everyone and keep on smilin’!
Before 0700 it was clean and catchable
Sorta something, but unspectacular
SUPing about at s. Narra
Pulling into a quick pocket up the beach
A high pressure system centred just to the east of Tasmania extends across New South Wales, and will remain slow moving during the weekend. A cold front will move past to the south of the state on Sunday, with an associated trough and southerly change reaching the far south coast on Sunday evening, then extending along New South Wales coastal waters during Sunday night and Monday. The change will be short lived, with another high pressure system in the Tasman shifting winds over coastal waters back to northeasterly by Wednesday.
Forecast for Saturday until midnight
East to southeasterly about 10 knots tending east to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the evening.
Around 1 metre.
Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the afternoon.
Sunday 19 October
Northerly 10 to 15 knots, tending north to northeasterly 15 to 20 knots in the morning.
Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres around midday.
Southeasterly around 1 metre.
Monday 20 October
Northerly 15 to 20 knots shifting southerly 15 to 25 knots during the morning then tending southeasterly 15 to 20 knots during the day.
1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the morning.
After shooting at Mona Vale earlier in the day, I lost most of the afternoon to work. But I was able to sneak out just on dusk to grab a few shots of the reeling barrels at South Narrabeen. Very, very few were made, but almost everyone was covered before the inevitable pounding.
Spent Sunday morning shooting first at Dee Why (covering mainly the beach, but also the point) and then at South Narrabeen (from a spot roughly a block north of the Sands). Swell was pushing in from the SE at around 11 seconds apart and 2.5 metres. Both spots were very crowded. Crazily so in my view, but I guess if your local is Superbank, you’d think it was pretty much empty. 😉 Wind was lightly sideshore, so conditions weren’t all time, plus the the tide was coming in so there were fatness issues, particularly at Dee Why beach. But apart from that… it was quite consistent at Dee Why and set wave faces were easily overhead. South Narrabeen seemed to come up a bit while I was there. It went from pretty inconsistent to pretty steady by the time the sideshore started messing with it to an annoying extent. Very, very few were makeable it has to be said.
I shot over 400 frames at Dee Why and nearly 350 at South Narrabeen. It’ll take most of Sunday night to get them uploaded, so in the meantime, here are a few samples I pulled from the pile…links to the galleries will be along as soon as the uploads have finished!
Tucking in to southy
Fun stuff at sth Narra/Gardens
Dunno who, prolly someone famous, Gardens 1145 Sun
Very few were makeable for more than a few seconds this Sun at Sth Narra
Looks like one of Don’s contemporaries showing how it’s done at Dee Why.
Swell has shifted away from yesterday’s more easterly mix to something closer to south. There are a few sets about thanks to the 2.5 metres of SSE swell at 9 seconds apart, but it is much less consistent than yesterday. The day started out drizzly and grey, but it was glassy and when the waves came, they were extra clean (unlike the water). Lots of folks in the water at south Narrabeen when I checked. They were scattered from south of Mactier street to the north end of Gardens and sets were into the shoulder plus to maybe head plus range. Around at Dee Why there were a fair few for a rainy Monday morning and waves were in the chest plus range with the odd bomb.
Wind should stay favourable this morning before turning southerly around midday and then it will swing toward the east late.
So get out now and deal with the high tide I’d say.
The swell should stick around for another day at least, so surf prospects will really depend upon what the wind does. Tomorrow’s call is for east to NE wind, so there might be something fun in the north corners.
Have yourself a great day!
ps: went shooting at the weekend, so galleries up soon…
Tides: H @1000, L @1535
This weekend’s galleries
Gardens, South Narrabeen Sunday arvo
North Steyne, Manly, Sunday late morning
North Steyne, Manly, Saturday late morning
South Narrabeen-Gardens, Saturday 0900-1000
A high pressure system over southeastern Australia is slowly moving east strengthening a ridge to the northeastern Tasman Sea. This high is expected centred the southwestern Tasman Sea on Tuesday.
Forecast for Monday until midnight
Southerly 15 to 20 knots turning easterly in the evening.
1 to 1.5 metres.
Southerly 1.5 to 2 metres.
Tuesday 28 May
East to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots tending north to northeasterly in the afternoon.
1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing below 1 metre around midday.
Southerly 2 to 2.5 metres.
Wednesday 29 May
Northerly 15 to 20 knots.
1 to 2 metres, decreasing below 1.5 metres during the afternoon.
Southerly 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
First surfer picture galleries I’ve posted in absolute yonks. We finally had good shooting conditions and sizable swell on the weekend of the the 16-17th. On Saturday morning I started at Gardens, then moved up to North Narrabeen and finished up at Mona Vale. Next day, I spent an hour or so shooting between North Steyne and Queenscliff before the wind got just too crazy! SATURDAY morning, 16 March 2013
(above) Gardens, Narrabeen. 3-4 metres of east swell, incoming tide and light winds. Thumping sets that you mostly needed a tow to get into.
(above) North Narrabeen. Big sets, kinda all over the place, but some nicely weighty sections to be had by the crew.
(above) Mona Vale. Big too, but tide really starting to affect it. In half an hour only got a few shots… still, if you were out there, they might be of interest!
(above) Between North Steyne and Queenscliff SLSC’s seemed to be about the best of it. Wind was picking up steadily as I shot between about 1000 & 1100. Quite consistent and lots of folks, so I got a reasonable number of shots…
One of those mornings when you check it out, run an errand, get back and the onshore has started to do its thing. The spot in question was the stretch from Gardens to Wetherill Street. At 0800 it was smooth and glassy. An hour later when I got back with a board, it was starting to blow out. Sigh. That’s surfin’ I guess.
To put some numbers on it, the swell is coming from 130 degrees (SE) at about a metre with an average period of 9 seconds. Up north, at Byron, the swell is hitting the 4 metre mark. Should be pretty intense at the Pass and at the points on the Goldy. Lotta wind up there though…
Whether the swell gets down here to Sydney or not is a bit of a question in my mind because the low is so tight against the coast. This morning’s swell modelling shows our situation remaining much the same through tomorrow but then on Friday the east energy should start to make itself known. The peak is set for Saturday when we may see 3-5 metres at exposed spots. Unfortunately, the wind forecast is not good. Basically the call is for unrelenting and strong E-SE wind through the weekend.
So, not too sure if I’ll be getting a chance to go shooting…
Tide is high around noon today and will be back to low again about 545pm.
Have yourself a good one!
Clean, fun looking at 0800
A strong high pressure system near New Zealand extends a ridge towards the New South Wales coast, and is bringing east to northeasterly winds. A weak trough which has brought a southerly change to the southern coast overnight will dissipate over central parts. Meanwhile, a deep near-stationary low has developed within a trough off the Queensland coast, and is forecast to move towards NSW on Thursday and Friday. This low is expected to continue to generate heavy rain, vigorous winds and large seas in the north.
Forecast for Wednesday until midnight
Easterly about 10 knots tending southeasterly 10 to 15 knots early in the morning.
Below 1 metre.
Northeasterly 2 metres.
The chance of thunderstorms.
Thursday 21 February
East to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots, increasing to 20 to 25 knots in the late evening.
1 to 1.5 metres increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres later in the evening.
Easterly about 2 metres.
The chance of thunderstorms.
Friday 22 February
Easterly 15 to 20 knots, increasing to 25 to 35 knots during the evening.
1.5 to 2 metres increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the evening.
Southeasterly about 1.5 metres decreasing to 0.5 metres during the evening.
The chance of thunderstorms.
Saturday morning saw a couple metres of south swell with a period of about 10 seconds lighting up beaches around Sydney. South Narrabeen was looking tasty early with offshore conditions. I ended up shooting until the wind started to hack it up at mid-morning. As always, I tried to get shots of anyone who caught a wave – and to make them look good doing it!
And as usual, all pic sales go to my lens and camera upgrade fund – so I can take even better pictures in future!
Went shooting this morning and here are the results. The original pics are very high resolution so it is quite possible to get a clean looking pic out of a very small area in the image. Exposure kinda went off the rails, but it’s easily corrected if need be.