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Don’s Saturday morning surf chat with Simon Marnie (audio)

Posted by: on September 12th, 2009

As is my custom on a Saturday morning, I spoke with the ever-cheerful Mr Simon Marnie of the weekend show about surf conditions in our fair city of Sydney.

702 ABC surf report for Saturday 12 Sept 2009

702 ABC radio surfin’ report

Posted by: on September 5th, 2009

Here’s a link to this morning’s surf chat with Simon Marnie of the 702 ABC weekend show…

Don talks surf with Simon Marnie of 702 ABC radio’s weekend show.

Catch-up mode continues

Posted by: on August 29th, 2009

Hello Friends,

At least you can catch the bigger ones this morning.

At least you can catch the bigger ones this morning.

Ready for some wind? The Bureau’s hoisted the Gale pennant. So, while it’s started out glassy calm at the beach this morning, the situation will be very different by nightfall. I know what you’re thinking, if it’s going to blow, won’t we get some waves? Sadly, the answer is no. We’re talking N-NW’ly, and therefore any waves generated will be off to NZ without so much as a backward glance.

Early on, before the wind, there were some little SE lines trickling into Dee Why. It was big enough that folk could actually putt along a short distance before the knee to waist high boomers expired on the sand.

Given the wind forecast, I’m guessing the early morning session today is likely to be the peak for us this weekend. The spring conditions look set to bumble along for another week at least, but with luck it shouldn’t be quite as hopeless as the last few days. The models show some big stuff way offshore early in the week, so my hope is that some crumbs will fall off that particular table for us from around Monday.

And here’s Donny with the morning radio surf report fresh off the airwaves of Sydney at 0730. Don talks the small surf prospects with 702 ABC radio’s Weekend Show maestro, Simon Marnie

Synoptic Situation
A strong cold front expected on the far south Saturday night. N/NW winds increasing ahead of the front. Winds should ease during Sunday as the front moves rapidly east across the Tasman Sea.
Sydney Coastal Waters, Broken Bay to Port Hacking and 60nm seawards:
Gale Warning
Saturday until midnight: Wind: N/NW 15/20 knots increasing to 20/30 knots during the morning and reaching 30/40 knots at times in the afternoon and evening..Sea: rising to 2 to 3 metres in the morning and to 3 to 4 metres later.Swell: SE about 1 metre.
Sunday: Wind: W/SW 30/40 knots easing to SW 20/30 knots in the morning. SW easing further to 15/20 knots by the eveningSea: 3 to 4 metres abating 2 to 3 metres in the morning and to 1.5 to 2 metres by the evening. Swell: E/SE 1.5 to 2 metres increasing.
Monday: Wind: W/NW 10/20 knots.

The Saturday morning radio report

Posted by: on July 4th, 2009

Hey all,

Here for your amusement, my dulcet tones from 702 ABC radio’s weekend show with Mr Simon Marnie at the helm.

Clicking the following link will open a little audio player thingy…

Don talks surf prospects for today and the week ahead with Simon Marnie.

Well, we have some swell

Posted by: on December 20th, 2008

Hello Friends,

Pretty busy in the water at 0645.

Pretty busy in the water at 0645.

As anticipated, we have a little swell this morning thanks to all that wind yesterday. At Dee Why, the point is pretty busy. The sets seem to be smaller and less consistent than over in the beachy, but the latter is getting its share of shutdowns. Biggest set I saw at the point was around head high, and biggest at the beach was just overhead.

Some fun size sets to be had at the beachy, but watch those sections.

Some fun size sets to be had at the beachy, but watch those sections.

The forecast last night was calling for stiff SE winds this morning, but instead we have SW’lys in the 10-15kt range along the northern beaches and in the 15-20 kt range in the eastern suburbs.

The Bureau’s call is as follows: “Wind: S/SE 20/25 knots, easing to 15/20 knots in the afternoon and 10/15 knots later.Sea: 1.5 to 2.5 metres, abating 1 to 2 metres in the afternoon. Swell: S/SE 2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1 to 2 metres. ” And we’re set for cloudy periods with the odd shower.

702 ABC weekend show surf report by Don


Grey morning, warming up later

Posted by: on December 18th, 2008

Hello Friends,

Dee Why looking rather sleepy this morning at 0700

Dee Why looking rather sleepy this morning at 0700

The best news of the day is that the folks at Manly Hydraulic Labs have stuck some new batteries in the Sydney waverider buoy. That means after several weeks, we’re once again getting live data about sea conditions offshore. Sadly, this morning, the data isn’t exactly inspiring. There’s about a metre of SE windswell, but it’s only six seconds apart. So, the marginal conditions down at Dee Why may safely be extrapolated to include all of Sydney.

But don’t feel too hard done by. It’s basically the same story up and down the coast of NSW and SE Qld.

Surf school is in session, but Prof. Huey is still in his office apparently.

Surf school is in session, but Prof. Huey is still in his office apparently.

The marine forecast is calling for light and variable winds this morning to turn NW to NE this afternoon and get up to 13-18kts. But there’s no prospect of any improvement to the surf conditions. Indeed, the indications are that tomorrow will be no better.


There is hope for a little south pulse this weekend. It doesn’t look likely to get very big (shoulder high maybe) and the quality will not be too fabulous – if the Bureau is right about the wind call.

Southy looks the go for the robo-surfer.

Southy looks the go for the robo-surfer.

The weatherpersons are currently predicting S-SE wind of 20-30 kts early, easing slightly as the day goes along. So, it sounds like your favourite semi-protected south corner will be the best chance for a wave.

BTW, I did the radio surf report this morning with Wendy Harmer on ABC 702. Here’s what it sounded like…

Don talks surf this morning with Wendy Harmer on 702 ABC radio

Go well!