I envy you if you were able to get in the water this morning. Conditions weren’t all time by any stretch of the imagination, but that said, they weren’t dire either. I’d call it 6/10 for being clean, waist to chest on sets but somewhat flabby thanks to an average period of around 7.5 seconds and a high tide at 0935.
As with yesterday, you’ll need to pick your peak with care because the energy focus tends to be brief.
Swell is supposed to pick up this morning as the wind goes around to the SE and gets up to 15-25kts. The Bureau’s even issued a hazardous surf warning – although there doesn’t seem to be much showing on the buoys for now. Tomorrow’s shaping to be southerly all day, so surf options are likely to be severely limited. Oh, and there’s going to be the odd shower too.
Don’t miss it!
Speaking of tomorrow, I’m hoping all of you have grabbed your tix for what promises to be a huge night at the Diggers for International Surfing Day and Surfrider Foundation. It all gets going at 4pm and your ticket covers off food and drinks. All sorts of famous surfers will be there along with other worthies. Yours truly will be pitching in too, so come up and say hi when you see me. This is Surfrider Foundation’s major fundraiser for the year, so help us continue protecting the waves and beaches we all love so dearly!
Went by Manly and Curly this morning around 0900 and can report that from about North Steyne to Queensie there were a few weak little peaks offering mal-able moments for the keen.
Styling on a tiny North Steyne section this morning
Around the corner at Curly there were a few bods hanging out at the south end and some more up the beach. It looked very inconsistent and when the waves came, they were mostly pretty fat. I guess the bank situation at Curly is still pretty ordinary. Been a long time since we’ve had any quality there.
Fat looking and inconsistent but catchable at south Curly
Sorry to run late. Had a chance to see the activity from Manly up to Long Reef and the general picture is of flabby, waist high but still glassy wind swell lumps left over from yesterday’s blow.
There were folks in the water from south Steyne to Queenscliff at Manly, but the biggest and most energetic waves were up at Queensie. Best I saw might have had a chest high wave face, so there was enough to be getting on with.
Around at Curl Curl there were only a couple of people in the water chasing lumpy, sectiony junky things. The biggest was potentially into the shoulder high range (see pic). Looked like a fair amount of work for marginal stuff. But hey, at least they were in the water having a go!
Around at Dee Why there were more surfers taking a cut at the slow-mo, fat waist plus stuff Huey was serving up. There were also a few people up at the Long Reef end where the waves looked both smaller still and pretty inconsistent.
As of 0700, the MHL buoy was recording 2 metres of 8-second SSW wind swell. There’s some 10-sec component in there maybe, but no sign of any long period east. The Bureau is forecasting a metre of east to NE fwiw. And they expect the southerly component to fade.
Tomorrow they’re again calling for a mix of east and south with a peak of activity toward the middle of the day. As usual, they don’t offer any period estimate, so for that we turn to the models and they’re projecting the arrival of long period (14-15 wec) energy from the NE as early as mid-afternoon today. They generally seem to be holding to the same projections as the last few days, ie, a peak in long-period stuff gradually fading as we get into Wednesday.
Bureau says the wind will go SE later today and be variable for the early tomorrow before going NE in the afternoon.
Tide is high @1700 and low at 1100
Queenscliff activity @0830
South Curly whack
Under Long Reef @0855
Nice finish at Dee Why
Weather Situation A high is expected to be centred over the southern Tasman Sea today. A trough of low pressure and associated cold front is expected to affect the south on Wednesday, moving to the north coast on Thursday. Forecast for Monday until midnight Winds Southerly 10 to 15 knots, reaching up to 20 knots offshore early in the morning. Winds tending southeasterly early in the morning. Seas 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the morning. 1st Swell Southeasterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the morning, then decreasing to 1.5 metres during the afternoon. 2nd Swell East to northeasterly around 1 metre. Weather Partly cloudy. Tuesday 17 March Winds Variable about 10 knots becoming northeasterly 15 to 20 knots in the evening. Seas Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres by early evening. 1st Swell Southeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres, tending easterly 1.5 metres during the morning, then decreasing to around 1 metre by early evening. 2nd Swell Easterly around 1 metre. Weather Partly cloudy. Wednesday 18 March Winds North to northeasterly 20 to 30 knots shifting west to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots during the evening. Seas 1.5 to 2.5 metres. Swell East to southeasterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore.
Made the trip to Manly this morning and grabbed a few snaps from there and Curly on the way home. As you can see, it’s really best suited to mals. Waves would perk up, look cute for a moment and then run out of puff a few seconds later. But water’s warm and surface conditions are perfect.
Don’tcha hate it when you sleep in and miss out? That was your correspondent this morning. Doing the run to Manly and back this morning revealed beautiful, if tiny offshore conditions along the beaches.
Manly was knee to waist plus, inconsistent and kind of weak looking. Swell was out of the SE at about 1.5 metres with a 9-second period, so there the biggest waves were up the Queenscliff end.
Curly was sorta fat and full looking as the 0750 tide was just past high when I checked it out. About the same size as Queensie, but maybe a touch bigger up the north end.
Dee Why was offshore and really pretty. Maybe I saw the set of the day, but just up from the surf club I got a pics of a couple lucky pups on chest-ish high waves that were the pick of anything I’d seen to that point. No one was out at the Pole or the lugga, but there seemed to be a few way up at the north end of Long Reef beach. However, I never saw them catch anything. The point was unoccupied although with a fat long board you mighta been able to make something of the sets.
Swell is predicted to fade out as the tide drops and wind is due to spring up from the NE soon. I snoozed and I loozed.
The next few days look like being small, particularly tomorrow. Thursday should see the energy level come up from the south east, but it’ll be a side-effect of 20-30 kts of southerly. Boo.
If the wind relents, Friday has some potential according to most of the modelling and there may even be a little going on for Saturday morning too.
Have yourself a great Tuesday!
Queensie crowd @0830
South Curly peak @0840
DY beachy at 0850
Glide at Dee Why
Empty Pole peak
Empty point teaser
Weather Situation A high pressure ridge over the western Tasman is weakening and a low pressure trough will bring a weak and brief southerly change along New South Wales south coast today. A stronger southerly change associated with a cold front is expected to develop along the coast on Thursday. Forecast for Tuesday until midnight Winds North to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots tending east to northeasterly in the early afternoon. Seas Below 1 metre, increasing to around 1 metre around midday. Swell Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the morning. Weather Mostly sunny day. 20% chance of a shower later tonight. Wednesday 4 March Winds East to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots tending north to northeasterly in the afternoon. Seas Around 1 metre, decreasing below 1 metre during the morning, then increasing to around 1 metre during the afternoon. Swell Easterly below 1 metre. Weather Partly cloudy. 30% chance of a shower. Thursday 5 March Winds North to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots shifting southerly 20 to 30 knots during the day. Seas Around 1 metre, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning. Swell Southerly around 1 metre, tending southeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres during the evening. Weather Partly cloudy. 40% chance of showers. The chance of isolated thunderstorms in the morning.
Had to be down Manly way this morning, so I stopped at south Steyne and grabbed a few shots of people playing around on a really fun looking tiny peak. Just perfect for some delicate longboard surfing. Glassy, knee to waist, warm… looked so fun, but I didn’t have a mal with. Went by Curly where there were more tiny waves, but not quite in the quality league of Manly’s special peak. Same story pretty much around at Dee Why.
My brain was spinning with ideas for the site and the crowdfunding project, so I was up before daybreak making notes and thinking. Decided to hop in the car and go down to the beach to have a look and to make a short video about the crowdfunding stuff.
Surf situation seems to be a touch better than yesterday thanks to a distinctly longer period line. Dee Why and Longy are just barely twitching. Sets are struggling to get above the knee high mark for the most part. However, over at Curly, the swell is a little bigger, particularly at the south end. Sets were waist plus and looking fun. The Collaroy-Narrabeen stretch was pretty near flat at the Collaroy end, grading to knee plus at Northy. Some very pretty little shories at south Narrabeen and Gardens, but you really couldn’t surf em.
Tide was high at 0720 or so and will be back to low at 1315.
The Bureau is showing the swell gradually increasing as the day goes along but the wind is going to pick up too and by this afternoon we look like having a summery 15-20 kts of NE wind with it. With luck tomorrow morning will see another slight uptick in the conditions at spots that like east swell.
Yours truly is going to grab the mal and head north to see just what I might find. My hope, as I said yesterday, is that I’ll be able to file the occasional story along the way…
So stay tuned, and I’m really looking forward to seeing your name among the pledgers soon!
Weather Situation A high pressure system over the Tasman Sea extends a ridge into New South Wales and will remain the dominant feature over the next few days. A weak trough is expected to bring a southerly change to the southern half of the coast at the end of the week. Forecast for Wednesday until midnight Winds North to northeasterly about 10 knots increasing to 15 to 20 knots in the afternoon. Seas Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the afternoon. Swell Easterly around 1 metre. Thursday 5 September Winds Northerly 15 to 25 knots. Seas 1 to 1.5 metres. Swell Easterly around 1 metre. Friday 6 September Winds West to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots becoming variable about 10 knots during the morning then becoming northerly 10 to 15 knots during the evening. Seas Up to 1 metre. Swell Easterly around 1 metre.
The biggest problem with shooting surf pictures is that most people are totally unaware that I’ve taken their picture.
Like me, most folks probably assume that surf photographer on the beach is taking shots of someone else and not them!
So, I thought I’d grab cameos from my latest surf photography session at south Curly on Sat 3 Sept 2011 and post them here in the off-chance people will see themselves or a friend – and then go check out the complete gallery by clicking here!
Here’s a little highlights slideshow from Saturday morning…
A small SSE swell of around 1.5-2 metres coincided nicely with an incoming tide at South Curly on Saturday morning and I was there with the camera.
I shot for about an hour between 0900 and 1000 from a spot about 100 m north of the South Curl Curl SLSC.
It was sunny, glassy and pretty busy in the water, but there were some fun chest to shoulder high set waves to be caught. Below is a slideshow of some of the better ones. You can jump to the complete gallery by clicking here.