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Junky here and there

Posted by: on January 21st, 2017
WRL south narrabeen

Messy and junky looking stuff at south Narra Sat am WRL cam

Hello Friends,

Saturday morning in Sydney saw 10 kts of steady southerly wind and lined up raw looking shoulder plus south swell under mostly cloudy skies. The wind was chewing it up anywhere with south exposure but the thanks to being 4m at 10 seconds out at sea, the swell was comparatively cleaner in the corners.
Wind should pick up though and by the time you get to low tide at 1020, the options could well be getting pretty limited.
The Bureau’s calling for the swell to roll off steadily after peaking today but it should still be surfable size tomorrow and Monday – although onshores will be a factor from mid-morning.
Beachwatch says the water’s 22.

sandspit santa barbara

Messy water, messy waves, but shoulder high sets at Sandspit.


Here in Santa Barbara the swell was pushing up into the shoulder high plus range at Sandspit this morning. That means it’ll be a lot bigger at magnets like Rincon. You could definitely ride them at Sandspit but the still building swell is raw and junky. The rain pelted down on drought-stricken soCal which is a good thing. Another band of rain hits Sunday and the swell’s due to be into the 4 metre range by tomorrow. Hope to get a picture or two to share maybe later today…
Have a good one!

Weather Situation
A deep low east of Bass Strait extends a trough of low pressure to the far north coast of New South Wales and is moving quickly east. The trough will pass through the northeast corner of the state this morning with a ridge of high pressure extending north along the coast in its wake. Strong to gale force southerly winds will ease during today. The high will establish itself over the Tasman Sea by Sunday with southeast to northeast winds tending northerly on Monday ahead of the next trough affecting the southern half on Tuesday.
Forecast for Saturday until midnight
Strong Wind Warning for Saturday 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
2.5 to 4 metres, decreasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the morning.
Swell
Southerly 2 to 3 metres, increasing to 3 to 4 metres offshore during the morning.
Weather
Partly cloudy.
Caution
Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.
Sunday 22 January
Winds
Southeasterly 10 to 15 knots becoming easterly below 10 knots in the morning then tending northeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the early afternoon.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the morning.
Swell
Southerly 2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 2 metres around midday, then tending southeasterly 2 metres by early evening.
Weather
Partly cloudy.
Monday 23 January
Winds
North to northeasterly 15 to 25 knots increasing to 25 to 30 knots during the evening.
Seas
Around 1 metre, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the afternoon.
1st Swell
Southeasterly 1 to 2 metres, tending southerly below 1 metre during the evening.
2nd Swell
Northeast to southeasterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Mostly sunny.

Drifting into the doldrums

Posted by: on November 24th, 2014

Hello Friends,

Not great numbers to start with this Tuesday. About a metre of 8-sec south wind swell showing on the MHL Sydney buoy and 10-15 kts of ESE wind along the coast. Throw in a high tide at a little after 1000 and I’m not overconfident about the wave prospects for you. Ankle to knee onshore slop is my prediction. Good day for work or school.

From the look of the forecasts, tomorrow isn’t too exciting looking, but there may possibly be some activity for the early on Wednesday morning.

Only a few days left on the Cali coast for me now. My reporting will stop after Weds and when it resumes early next week, I shall be back in dear old Sydney once more.

Went for a surf at Mesa Lane (bit of a go-to this trip) and pulled a few framegrabs from the gopro…

surfing at Mesa Lane

Another makeable section at Mesa Lane

longboarder mesa lane

This bloke was on fire, catching heaps at Mesa Lane

Fun wall at Mesa Lane

Yep, made this one too.

Pelicans glide past the peak

Pelicans glide past the peak

Have yourself a great Monday one and all!

Weather Situation

A low pressure trough that moved up the central NSW coast Sunday evening has weakened about the Hunter coast overnight. To the north of the trough northerly winds dominate and as the trough weakens further on Monday winds along the southern and central coasts will tend back to the north. This is ahead of a stronger southerly change associated with a cold front that is expected to develop on the south coast Monday night and move up the coast during Tuesday.

Forecast for Monday until midnight

Winds
Southerly 15 to 20 knots tending north to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the early afternoon then tending south to southwesterly in the late evening.
Seas
1.5 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the morning.
Swell
Northeasterly below 1 metre.
Weather
Cloudy. 90% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Tuesday 25 November

Strong Wind Warning for Tuesday for Sydney Coast

Winds
North to northeast 10 to 15 knots. Winds tending south to southeasterly 15 to 25 knots in the morning locally reaching up to 30 knots then turning easterly below 10 knots in the evening.
Seas
Around 1 metre, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the morning, then decreasing to 1 metre during the afternoon.
Swell
Northeasterly below 1 metre.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers.

Wednesday 26 November

Winds
East to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots tending east to southeasterly during the afternoon.
Seas
Below 1 metre, tending 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon or evening.
Swell
Northeasterly below 1 metre, tending southerly 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
Weather
Cloudy. 40% chance of showers.

Monday surf day both sides

Posted by: on November 17th, 2014

Hello Friends,

About 1.5 metres of 9-sec period SSE swell coming in for the early in Sydney. Well exposed spots should be in the waist to shoulder range on sets. Wind was west at 0630 and with luck will stay light all morning before going east this afternoon. Next tide is a low at 1120.

Tomorrow morning looks like being smaller but still surfable and then, with luck, it should be back up a bit for Wednesday morning’s sesh. Thereafter it looks kinda quiet to me, but with little semi-surfable bumps in the am through the weekend.

Look elsewhere for a wave this morning (WRL pic)

Look elsewhere for a wave this morning (WRL pic)

A touch smaller over on this side of the pond, but still some little waves around so I might take the mal and go find a few slides later. This morning’s postcards come, once again, from Mesa Lane where the swell was still offering the odd diversion for the half dozen in the water on a warm and mostly clear-skied Sunday morning.

Have a great Sunday one and all!

Mesa Lane cruiser

Mesa Lane cruiser

Bit of activity on Sunday morning at Mesa Lane

Bit of activity on Sunday morning at Mesa Lane

Weather Situation

A high pressure system over the Bight extends a ridge into New South Wales today in the wake of a cold front which affected the region during the weekend. This will result in a fairly weak pressure pattern today, with light to moderate winds expected in most coastal areas except the far south where a passing front will generate stronger winds. A weak trough will move along the southern and central coast during Tuesday, decaying in the north early Wednesday as the high shifts east to the Tasman Sea and becomes dominant. This is forecast to bring a return to generally northerly winds during the second half of the week, increasing Thursday and Friday as the next trough approaches from the west.

Forecast for Monday until midnight

Winds
South to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots becoming variable about 10 knots in the morning then becoming easterly 10 to 15 knots in the afternoon.
Seas
Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon.
Swell
Southerly 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon.
Weather
Partly cloudy.

Tuesday 18 November

Winds
Northeasterly 10 to 15 knots turning east to southeasterly below 10 knots during the afternoon and evening.
Seas
Around 1 metre.
Swell
Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Weather
Cloudy. 60% chance of showers.

Wednesday 19 November

Winds
Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots turning east to northeasterly during the afternoon.
Seas
Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
Swell
Southerly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 30% chance of a shower.

Here a bit better than there

Posted by: on November 16th, 2014

Hello Friends,

Running a bit late today. Looks like Sydney’s not doing much surfwise. Hardly any swell showing on the MHL buoy and stiff 20+ kt NW wind should mean marginal knee to waist at places that like the metre or so of 9-sec period SE swell.

Monday for the early looks like a bit more potential with swell due to bump up a touch.

Tue-Wed looking like mornings will be the best shot for something in the knee plus range.

Over here in Cali we’ve had a couple of days of small west swell. Water’s about 19 and wave faces were anywhere from chest to head high at standouts. I surfed around midday at Mesa Lane in Santa Barbara and had a few fun things. Water’s around 18 or so which is damn weird for this time of year. After I got out I took a few postcard shots for you…

Interesting surf vehicle

Interesting surf vehicle

Mesa Lane lines

Mesa Lane lines

Taste of California glass from Mesa Lane

Taste of California glass from Mesa Lane

Have a great Sunday one and all

Weather Situation

A slow-moving trough and associated southerly change lie near the Queensland border, while a low pressure centre is tracking east along the New South Wales/Victoria border. This low is expected to deepen as it reaches the south coast later this morning, generating strong to gale force southwesterly winds over southern and central coastal areas, before moving steadily away to the east tonight. Conditions should continue to ease during Monday as the next high pressure system drifts across from the west, becoming the dominant synoptic feature during the first half of the week.

Forecast for Sunday until midnight

Strong Wind Warning for Sunday for Sydney Coast

Winds
Northwest to westerly 20 to 30 knots shifting southwest to southerly 20 to 30 knots in the late afternoon. Wind easing to 15 to 25 knots in the late evening.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the afternoon.
Swell
Southerly around 1 metre.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 30% chance of showers in the morning/ early afternoon. The chance of a thunderstorm in the early afternoon.

Monday 17 November

Winds
Southerly 10 to 15 knots, reaching up to 20 knots offshore early in the morning. Winds becoming variable about 10 knots early in the morning then becoming easterly 10 to 15 knots in the early afternoon.
Seas
1 to 2 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the morning, then increasing to around 1 metre during the afternoon.
Swell
Southerly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres around midday.
Weather
Mostly sunny.

Tuesday 18 November

Winds
Northeasterly 10 to 15 knots turning easterly during the afternoon.
Seas
Around 1 metre.
Swell
Southerly 1.5 metres.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 20% chance of a shower.

Looks interesting early

Posted by: on November 14th, 2014

Hello Friends,

Interesting combo swell this morning in Sydney. The MHL buoy is showing 2 metres at 12 seconds from the SE along with 1-1-5 metres of 6+ sec NE wind bump. Tide’s low around 0800 and the day promises to be abnormally warm (again). Wind’s north early and will pick up as the day goes along, so that’ll likely bump out the sth corners. I reckon waist to chest plus at bigger spots.

Tomorrow is supposed to be southerly and the south component is set to dial back while the short period NE bumps slightly. I bet it won’t be so red hot. Maybe knee to waist-ish at standout spots.

Still playing the waiting game in Santa Barbara but it’s beginning to look hopeful for at least something maybe late this arvo and definitely tomorrow. My fingers are crossed for waist to chest plus around here (further south and up north it’ll be into the head plus to 2x overhead potentially at magnets around Santa Cruz).

A couple of postcards for you this morning, first was snapped a few hours ago at Mesa Lane where a little long period line was showing every 10 mins or so, and the second is a picture yesterday arvo of a spot called El Capitan which can, on rare occasions, fire up in a serious way (think Angourie inside).

Have a great day!

Mesa Lane showing a perfect little west line probably knee to waist high

Mesa Lane showing a perfect little west line probably knee to waist high

El Capitan slumbering in the afternoon wind

El Capitan slumbering in the afternoon wind

Weather Situation

A high pressure system is slowly moving east across the southern Tasman Sea maintaining a ridge to the New South Wales north coast. Northerly winds will increase during Friday ahead of a gusty southerly change associated with a cold front developing on the south coast in the afternoon, extending to Sydney Waters late evening and to the far north coast during Saturday morning. Winds are expected to briefly turn northerly during Sunday ahead of another south to southwesterly change and east to northeasterly on Monday and Tuesday as another high moves over southeastern Australia.

Forecast for Friday until midnight

Strong Wind Warning for Friday for Sydney Coast

Winds
Northerly 15 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots inshore in the late evening. Winds shifting south to southeasterly 15 to 20 knots in the late evening.
Seas
1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning, then increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the afternoon.
1st Swell
Southerly 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the morning.
2nd Swell
Northeasterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Mostly sunny.

Saturday 15 November

Winds
Southerly 15 to 20 knots turning east to southeasterly below 10 knots in the late evening.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning.
1st Swell
Northeasterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore.
2nd Swell
Southerly around 1 metre.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 40% chance of rain in the late afternoon and evening.

Sunday 16 November

Winds
Variable about 10 knots becoming west to northwesterly 15 to 25 knots during the morning then turning south to southwesterly 20 to 30 knots during the afternoon.
Seas
Around 1 metre, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the afternoon or evening.
1st Swell
Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres.
2nd Swell
Northeasterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Cloudy. 60% chance of rain.

Dribble but not totally hopeless

Posted by: on November 12th, 2014

Hello Friends,

Light offshores and a weak short period combo of south and south-east swell washing into Sydney’s beaches this morning. The MHL buoy was showing 1.5 metres or so of 8-ish second bump, so there should be knee to maybe waist and bit little things at the magnet spots. Tide started coming back in at 0615.

The Bureau says the wind should go more onshore (SE) but be light during the morning before swinging NE after lunch. Best plan is to go now with low expectations.

Tomorrow seems to be shaping up similarly, although it could be NE from early. Friday looks smaller but still possibly do-able.

Here in So Cal the energy levels have come up a tiny touch but it was still really little at winter magnet spots such as California Street and Rincon. Maybe knee to waist. Waves look pretty slow too. Still hopeful of a bump up in the next 24 hours or so. It would be good to have an actual wave picture or two to share. Anyway, here are three postcards for you…

Have a great day!

Baby waves this am at Rincon

Baby waves this am at Rincon

Secret reef trying in Santa Barbara

Secret reef trying in Santa Barbara

Rock in the sand at Arroyo Burro in Santa Barbara

Rock in the sand at Arroyo Burro in Santa Barbara

Weather Situation

A weakening high pressure system west of Tasmania extends a ridge along the NSW coast. Another high pressure centre will develop east of Bass Strait today with winds tending east to northeasterly along the coast. This high will move across the Tasman Sea tomorrow as an intensifying cold front and pre-frontal trough approach western NSW, with northeast winds freshening along the coast. Northerly winds are expected to strengthen further on Friday with the front likely to bring a strong, gusty southerly change to the southern coast later in the day. This change is likely to move along much of the remainder of the coast on Saturday and gradually weaken.

Forecast for Wednesday until midnight

Winds
South to southeasterly below 10 knots tending east to northeasterly at about 15 knots during the afternoon.
Seas
Below 1 metre.
Swell
Southerly 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres offshore.
Weather
Cloudy.

Thursday 13 November

Winds
Northeasterly about 15 knots increasing to 15 to 25 knots in the afternoon.
Seas
Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres around midday.
Swell
Southerly 1.5 metres.
Weather
Partly cloudy.

Friday 14 November

Winds
North to northeasterly 20 to 30 knots.
Seas
2 to 3 metres.
Swell
South to southeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Weather
Mostly sunny.

Lake Pacific – again

Posted by: on November 11th, 2014

Hello Friends,

Looks like surfing isn’t really on the agenda this morning, or indeed today. Wind was already ESE 9-10 kts by daybreak and the Bureau says it’ll continue like this through the afternoon. The MHL Sydney buoy is showing about a metre of 6 second period SE wind swell. That likely means nothing above knee to waist high onshore dribble at the biggest spots.  The Eden buoy is showing 9-second period stuff though.

Happily tomorrow is looking a better prospect with a low tide early and the charts showing a south swell filling in later in the day. If it plays out as expected the magnet spots could be seeing chest to head high on the bigger ones. With luck Sydney surfers should have fun ones for a couple of days out of this event.

Wish I could say the same for Santa Barbara. You may have heard about the big system spawned by ex super typhoon Nuri now in the north Pacific. It looks like slinging solid but not record swell at Hawaii. Southern California may or may not score something late this week but in the meantime it’s pretty much flat, particularly in well-protected Santa Barbara.

Have a great day and here’s a little postcard from Cali for you…

Given the dire flatness around here, I’ve decided to share a screen cap from surfline.com’s Pleasure Point cam. Pleasure Point is way up north from here in the wave-rich Santa Cruz area. Even so, it looks pretty feeble and gutless. No sign of big swell there yet.

Pleasure Point, Santa Cruz was foggy and small

Pleasure Point, Santa Cruz was foggy and small

Weather Situation

A slow-moving trough on the northern New South Wales coast is expected to reach the Queensland border during Tuesday, while a high south of the Bight extends a ridge towards the Tasman Sea. This pattern will maintain southerly winds over coastal areas today, bolstered in the south by the passage of a cold front early this morning. On Wednesday the high is expected to move across Bass Strait to the Tasman Sea, bringing a gradual return to more northerly winds, strengthening Thursday/Friday ahead of the next frontal system on the weekend.

Forecast for Tuesday until midnight

Winds
South to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots, reaching 20 knots at times later this morning and early afternoon.
Seas
Around 1 metre.
Swell
Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Weather
Cloudy. 50% chance of a shower.

Wednesday 12 November

Winds
Variable about 10 knots becoming northeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the early afternoon.
Seas
Below 1 metre, increasing to around 1 metre during the afternoon.
Swell
Southerly 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres offshore.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 20% chance of a shower in the early morning.

Thursday 13 November

Winds
Northeasterly 15 to 25 knots.
Seas
1.5 to 2.5 metres.
Swell
Southerly 1.5 metres.
Weather
Partly cloudy.

Another Real Surf… and little waves

Posted by: on November 7th, 2014

Hello Friends,

Checking out the coast south of Los Angeles and just north of San Diego when we came across another Real Surf in the surf town of Oceanside. Owner Shawn Ambrose knew all about us too. If you want to see what he’s doing, check out realsurfshop.com. And, if you find yourself in Oceanside (heaps of beachbreak options!), you should definitely drop by and say hi. First person to send me a picture of themselves there gets a genuine RealSurf (Aust) t-shirt!

Although So. Cal is ultra tiny, Shawn tipped us that Oceanside Harbor was the go. It was blown out the afternoon we checked it, but this morning we managed to get in a grovel in the knee to waist plus conditions. One more for the life list too!

Sorry, no time to offer any thoughts on Sydney’s surf prospects today… so go well and stay happy!

Another Mr. RealSurf! Shawn Ambrose in front of his Oceanside shop

Another Mr. RealSurf! Shawn Ambrose in front of his Oceanside shop

Bomb set on a near flat day at Oceanside, California

Bomb set on a near flat day at Oceanside, California

Post-surfing at Oceanside

Post-surfing at Oceanside

Posted by: on October 16th, 2010

Hello Friends,

At the chaotic end of my trip, hence lack of peeps from me. Looks like a pretty ordinary sort of conditions in Sydey this morning with only short period wind swell from the south. With luck though it will be sort of doing something to lure the super keen… tomorrow afternoon looks a touch more promising though. Looks as though my arrival back in the new work week will be to somewhat less than special conditions. Go well one and all!

Weather Situation

A vigorous cold front has brought a west to southwesterly change to the New South Wales coast overnight, reaching gale force about southern and central parts. Winds will gradually ease late in the day as the front moves further away across the Tasman Sea. Conditions will ease further on Sunday as the next high pressure ridge moves across from the west, but may remain a little gusty near the Victorian border as a weak cold front passes to the south. This high will remain the dominant feature through most of the new week, maintaining generally favourable conditions.
Forecast for Saturday until midnight

Winds: Westerly 25 to 35 knots decreasing to 25 to 30 knots during the afternoon then tending west to southwesterly 20 to 25 knots by early evening. Seas: Up to 4 metres decreasing to 3 metres during the afternoon and 2 metres later in the evening. Swell: Northeasterly 1 to 2 metres.
Forecast for Sunday

Winds: West to southwesterly 20 to 25 knots becoming southwesterly 15 to 20 knots during the morning then decreasing below 15 knots around midday. Seas: Up to 2 metres decreasing to below 1 metre by early evening. Swell: Southerly about 2 metres.
Forecast for Monday

Winds: Northwesterly 5 to 15 knots tending west to southwesterly up to 20 knots during the evening. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: Southerly about 1.5 metres.

Postcard from California: Big Sur

Very little swell energy as we drove north along the spectacular highway one through Big Sur. It was foggy much of the way, but just south of Big Sur proper, we broke out of the mist briefly and I managed to get a snapshot or two. Water is probably around the 14-15 mark and the swell looked to be about two metres. Didn’t see anyone surfing though!

Posted by: on October 11th, 2010

Hello Friends,

Radar showing a few showers around as Sydney sets off on Monday. Swell has gone back to the south and is a couple metres at sea, but the period’s a marginal looking 8 seconds. Throw in 20 kts of NE’r already and it has the look of a day with restricted surf options. I’d be guessing there might be some marginal to mildly amusing possibilities in the odd north corner where the south windswell meets the NE wind. Tomorrow the swell’s supposed to line up more with the wind (swell gets more east, wind stays NE), but it’s not looking too exceptional in terms of the likely quality.

Oh well, it is spring!

Go well one and all.

Weather Situation

A slow- moving high pressure system over the southwestern Tasman Sea extends a ridge to Queensland coast. A trough lies along the northern half of the NSW coast.
Forecast for Monday until midnight

Winds: East to northeasterly 20 to 25 knots becoming northeasterly 20 to 30 knots by early evening. Seas: 1.5 to 2 metres increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the afternoon. Swell: Southerly 1 metre.

Forecast for Tuesday

Winds: Northeasterly 20 to 30 knots decreasing to 20 to 25 knots before dawn then tending north to northeasterly 20 to 30 knots by early evening. Seas: 2 to 3 metres. Swell: Southerly about 1.5 metres tending easterly 2 to 3 metres late in the evening.

Forecast for Wednesday

Winds: North to northeasterly 15 to 20 knots increasing to 20 to 25 knots during the evening. Seas: 1 to 2 metres. Swell: Northeasterly 2 to 3 metres.


Postcard from California

Rincon looking very, very small. Well, flat actually. You can tell there’s absolutely nothing because this is midday on a Sunday on a holiday weekend, it clear and around 30 degrees and there is one person in the water. Not looking too good for a wave you’d have to say, but maybe tomorrow it will perk up enough to be on the verge of rideable…

 

 

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