Articles tagged with "North Curl Curl"

North Curl Curl at noon Monday (vid)

Posted by: on January 11th, 2016

Stopped by North Curly for a look at the waves around midday and grabbed a little clip for you. It was small, but reasonably consistent despite being somewhat fat and weak. Here’s the clip…

As I was about to pull out of the parking lot, I spotted this healthy blue tongue making his(?) way north. Hopped out, grabbed a pic and made sure he was safely into the undergrowth before I took off. Always good to see wildlife making a living in the city.

blue tongue

Blue tongue heading for safety at Curl Curl around lunchtime on Monday

Piccies: Manly, Curly, Longy

Posted by: on March 11th, 2014

Nothing too amazing going on at Manly, but there were little longboardable things to be caught mainly in the middle of the beach. Looking at it, I’d guess that as the tide swings about, those options will move around. Up at Curly there were soft and slightly bigger, but junkier peaks pretty much from the south end to the north. Again, nothing remarkable, but enough going on to be worthy of a paddle if you’re a little bit keen. Whizsed through Dee Why which was the worst of the bunch really. Hardly anyone in the water although there was a knot of longboarders messing about in the knee high dribble up at Longy.

Soft little mal waves at Manly @0830

Soft little mal waves at Manly @0830

Lumpy bumpy with fun moments at north Curly @0845

Lumpy bumpy with fun moments at north Curly @0845

Knee high at Longy if you're keen @0845

Knee high at Longy if you’re keen @0845

Noreaster morning

Posted by: on November 22nd, 2013

Hello Friends,

NE’r going from early today. There was some little E-ENE wind swell showing around the place when I checked at 0700 or so. About the most interesting looking spot I saw was (from a great distance) North Curly. Wave faces looked to be into the shoulder range on the biggest ones. Although the wind swell was getting into Freshwater, the small crew chasing them didn’t seem to be having much luck. Around at Dee Why there were a couple of bods messing about in waist high dribble near Kiddies, but you couldn’t say it was all time. There were a few people up in the protected corner at Long Reef, but I reckon they’ll be doing more sitting around than anything else. The period is just too short to really refract in there.

The NE’r is set to go all day and into tomorrow, so maybe that’ll build it up a little in those semi-protected north corners. And with luck, tomorrow morning could see something a bit more interesting at the optimal locations. I could believe head high pluses on the biggest set wave faces tomorrow morning.

Have yourself a top old Friday everyone!

Looking for something

North Curly crew

Longy hunters

Onshore play
Tides: H @1015, L @1730

Weather Situation
A weak high pressure system over the southern Tasman Sea extends a ridge over coastal NSW associated with an east to northeasterly airstream. Over inland NSW a trough extends into a deepening low pressure system over the Bass Strait, expected to move over Tasmania into the weekend. The trough will slowly move over NSW this weekend followed by a south to southeasterly wind change as a high pressure system extends a ridge over NSW into the new week.
Forecast for Friday until midnight
Strong Wind Warning for Friday for Sydney Coastal Waters
Northeasterly 20 to 30 knots.
2.5 to 3 metres.
Easterly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre by early evening.
Isolated thunderstorms.
Saturday 23 November
Strong Wind Warning for Saturday for Sydney Coastal Waters
Northeasterly 20 to 30 knots, ahead of an late morning south to southeasterly change 15 to 20 knots.
2 to 3 metres, decreasing below 2 metres during the morning, then decreasing below 1 metre around midday.
East to northeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Sunday 24 November
South to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots shifting east to northeasterly below 10 knots during the afternoon.
Around 1 metre.
Northeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres, tending easterly around 1 metre during the afternoon.

Fresh gallery: North Curly, Wed 9 Oct

Posted by: on October 9th, 2013

It was small lots of places on the morning these 99 pictures were taken at north Curly. But a nice little bank was standing the swell up impressively right off the beach. Rides were quick and shutdowns many, but there were definitely fun ones to be caught.

Click the pic below to see all the pictures

Precisely pocketed

Minor Monday

Posted by: on June 10th, 2013

Hello Friends,

Only a trickle – but there is a trickle – of knee to waist plus SSE swell this morning on the Northern Beaches. Had the opportunity to see Curly as well as Dee Why and I think it’s safe to say that both stretches of the beach were very similar. There were lots of folk in the water chasing what looks to be pretty feeble (with some occasional exceptions) little dribblers. Every now and then Huey tosses up something slightly interesting, so in the course of a sesh you should come away with at least a moment or two of amusement value.

Tide was high at about 0920 and while it will drop back a little between then and 1450, the change is going to be pretty subtle I would’ve thought.

On current calculations, the surf outlook for our region is pretty ordinary for most of the coming week (the Goat picked it). That said, there is some energy showing in the models from around Thursday afternoon and into Saturday as a strong south pulse develops. We’ll need to cling to that hope because the next couple days are looking near flat to me…

Time for a plug…
Surfrider Foundation’s first Solstice Jam – Thr, 20 June 2013

It’s a fundraiser where the emphasis is on fun and you’re in the door with a voucher for a couple drinks and finger food for a laughable $20. You can book online right now by clicking here. Oh, and I’ll be putting together a little video clip of PC at Dee Why point in 1977. Might work in a few shots of Terry Fitz and MP as well. It comes from 16mm film I shot and is something very few people have seen… I’m also keen to source images and vid sequences from DY and the northern beaches if you know of any (all media will be credited and used only for the night).

Here’s the official bumpf

Surfrider Foundation ‘Winter Solstice Jam’
The Deck Bar (Dee Why) Thurs 20th June

Celebrating protecting our waves and beaches through music, film and community.

Surfrider Foundation is a devoted group of surfers, coastal scientists and activists who have been protecting waves and beaches for the past 20 years. Proceeds from this event will support the work of Surfrider Foundation’s high impact environmental programs.

“I’m really looking forward to this event. It will be a celebration of the great work that Surfrider does for our ocean and beaches – as well as a brilliant party” – Barton Lynch former world surfing champion and Surfrider Foundation Board Member.

Live music + Surf films + Auctions + Raffle
(Hosted by Wendy Harmer + Barton Lynch)

Date: Thursday June 20th, 2013
Location: The Deck Bar (upstairs), 22-23 the Strand, Dee Why
Time: 6.00pm – Midnight
Tickets: On sale now at

Tickets: $20 each. Ticket price includes 2 complimentary drinks and food. Limited tickets available.

Featuring: Live music from some of the Northern Beaches’ finest, performers, including Hannah Darling (from The Voice), Paul Berry, Mikey Redlich and others.

Surf films include footage and images from Justin Crawford and some of Don’s rare archival 1977 footage of PC, mumbles and others at Dee Why Pt, Northy etc.

Be there for a chance on the night to win a custom-made board by local Northern Beaches shaper, Mike Psillakis.

Surfrider Foundation would like to thank its generous ‘Winter Solstice Jam’ sponsors, including
The Deck Bar; Psillakis Surfboards; Spaceships Campervan Hire.

Forecast issued at 4:10 am EST on Monday 10 June 2013.
Weather Situation
A high pressure system over the Tasman Sea is moving slowly east whilst maintaining a ridge over northern New South Wales. Fresh northerly winds will develop on Wednesday as a low pressure trough moves across inland NSW.
Forecast for Monday until midnight
Northerly 10 to 15 knots turning northwesterly in the late evening.
Around 1 metre.
South to southeasterly below 1 metre.
Tuesday 11 June
Northwesterly 10 to 15 knots becoming variable about 10 knots before dawn then becoming northerly 10 to 15 knots in the evening.
Up to 1 metre.
Easterly up to 1 metre.
Wednesday 12 June
Northerly 15 to 20 knots tending northwesterly during the evening.
1 to 1.5 metres.
Easterly around 1 metre.

Plane crash at North Curl Curl – one dead

Posted by: on September 2nd, 2011

Sad news to report.

A plane crashed at North Curl Curl around 1000 this morning.

One person fot out of the aircraft okay and has been taken away by ambulance.


I went up to get a picture or two and watched as a couple divers jumped off the police boat bobbing around just south of the pool.

After awhile they resurfaced and they seemed to be towing something. As I took pictures it became apparent that it was a person.


The boat moved out to sea as soon as the divers were back aboard.

Above diver departs the police boat off North Curl Curl to dive to crashed aeroplane.

Above: divers return with the body of a person who died in the plane crash off Curl Curl beach at around 1000 on friday morning 2 Sept 2011.

North Curl Curl plane crash site about 100m to the right of the whitewater on the point

Overview of the North Curl Curl plane crash site. The plane went down about 100m from the pool.


Will post a picture or two in a bit.

Pics from Friday at Curly, Northy & DY

Posted by: on February 6th, 2010

We had a fair amount of east swell on Friday 5 Feb, so yours truly got out and about with the camera.

I ended up shooting at Curly in the late morning, then North Narrabeen in the early afternboon and finally, at Dee Why point as the sun was going down. In all three cases the swell was dead east at about 9 seconds apart and with an average height at sea of 2.5 metres.

If you were in the water during any of these sessions, you’ll find a link to a gallery of all the pics I took below each slideshow. If you want to buy a shot, just follow the relevant link below the slideshow (prices start at just $12.50).

North Curl CurlĀ  (1100 to 1120)

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See all 100 North Curly shots here

North Narrabeen (1256 – 1325)

See all 70 North Narrabeen shots here

Dee Why Point (1814 – 1905)

See all 70 Dee Why point shots here

Out & about: Sth Narra, Dee Why, Curly

Posted by: on February 22nd, 2009
0920: tough to catch the little weak ones at south Narrabeen

0920: tough to catch the little weak ones at south Narrabeen

Went for a little wander to check out the conditions. The dominant feature at 0900 was the chop. The SSE wind was chewing up pretty much everywhere I looked. Far South Narra was probably the least affected, but the waves were weak and around waist high at best. Dee Why was lumpy and junky looking, so I didn’t even bother grabbing a snap.

Around 0900 there were a few fat sets rolling into the north end of the beach.

Around 0900 there were a few fat sets rolling into the north end of the beach.

Over the hill at Curly, the swell was much more evident, but frustratingly for the very few people in the water, it was just as weak, slow and junky as everywhere else. The north end seemed to be a touch smaller than the south. But we aren’t talking a huge variation in size. Figure on waist high with the odd shoulder high set, and you’d be about right.

About the biggest waves seemed to be at Sth Curl Curl, but junk city too.

About the biggest waves seemed to be at Sth Curl Curl, but junk city too.

Next tide is a low around 1:16 this afternoon and by then, the wind could be around to the E-NE at 10-15kts and that might be a good thing for the northern ends.

Go well with your Sunday!

Curly lookin’ very small

Posted by: on February 3rd, 2009
Breaking pretty close to the sand 0740

Breaking pretty close to the sand 0740

Curly’s not curling too spectacularly. Hardly anyone in the water up the north end and just two mad bodyboarders trying to dash themselves to death on the rocks south of the pool at south Curly. Sets at North Curly were struggling to get to waist high at around 0740. The only catchable ones were breaking pretty much on the sand. Surface conditions were similar to those at Freshy, ie lightly chopped but nothing to put you off if you’re keen.

Here are the bodyboarders…

Bodyboarders hang in the impact zone in front of the rocks at South Curl Curl

Bodyboarders hang in the impact zone in front of the rocks at South Curl Curl

When the waves bounce off the rocks at South Curly, you can catch them out to sea and into the oncoming swell - assuming you're crazy!

When the waves bounce off the rocks at South Curly, you can catch them out to sea and into the oncoming swell - assuming you're crazy!