Articles tagged with "Whiterock"

Pumping southeast swell

Posted by: on December 7th, 2013

Picking one up inside

Busy, busy

Steaming in

Putt-putt

Whiterock empty

Hello Friends,

Close to 3 metres of 11 second SE swell rolling in with light offshores and sunny skies as Saturday got started. Wind is set to be light until this evening when it will get up to 10-15kts from the SE. Next tide is a big high at 1120, followed by a low at 1810.

There are some serious looking sets in the mix at exposed spots, so this is definitely not a day for beginners at most places. If you want a quiet sesh, maybe check out the protected south corners because anything with good exposure to this swell will be showing sets into the overhead range. Swell looks nice and juicy too thanks to the healthy 11 second period. Pay attention and be prepared to share because it was already very busy at Dee Why before 0700.

Swell is set to peak today and then drop away pretty steadily over the next 36-48 hours. With luck we’ll get waves pretty much all day and then again tomorrow before the wind gets into it and maybe even a few scraps Monday morning.

Go well and have a top old day!

ps: will be out and about with a camera today so hope to have some snaps for you later!

Forecast issued at 4:10 am EDT on Saturday 7 December 2013.
Weather Situation
A deep low pressure system lies over the Tasman Sea near New Zealand, and a high expands over the southeastern Australia. A south to southwesterly airstream between these two systems is weakening as the low moves further away to the east. During Saturday the high will drift slowly across New South Wales, with coastal winds mostly becoming northerly on Sunday as the high reaches the Tasman Sea. The next trough is expected to bring a southerly change during Tuesday and Wednesday next week.
Forecast for Saturday until midnight
Winds
Variable about 10 knots becoming east to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the evening.
Seas
Below 1 metre.
Swell
Southerly 2 to 3 metres.
Caution
Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.
Sunday 8 December
Winds
Northeasterly 15 to 25 knots.
Seas
Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning, then increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres around midday.
Swell
Southerly 1.5 to 2 metres.
Caution
Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.
Monday 9 December
Winds
Northerly 15 to 25 knots turning northeasterly during the afternoon.
Seas
1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing below 1.5 metres during the morning.
Swell
South to southeasterly 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres.

Thursday afternoon wrap

Posted by: on June 16th, 2011

Hello Friends,

A little evening update for ya. Well, as predicted the wind shifted around to the SW and backed off to 10-15 kts as we got toward dusk. The swell got a little more east to it and according to the MHL data, the average period jumped dramatically to 12 seconds. It was around the 2.5m mark on average, so there was enough energy for it to wrap around into the more favouarbly oriented south Narrabeen to Whiterock zone.

A small crew were chasing the usual short rides at Whiterock. Looked to maybe be into the shoulder high range on the sets. At Collaroy it was roughly the same size, but slower and pretty busy. Up the beach there were a few bods chasing clean, mostly shutting down sections south of the Marquesas. North from there the swell is bigger, but the wind is sideshore and the shutdowns and rips rule.

By tomorrow morning the models are saying the swell will still be from the east, but smaller. Wind is expected to be 15 to 20 kts from the SW. Tide will be high ar around 0920 and skies will be clearing as we head into a sunny Friday. Could be fun at east spots.

Go well!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wild and woolly

Posted by: on February 16th, 2009
Don't be fooled, the rights are a hoax!

Don't be fooled, the rights are a hoax!

Hello Friends,

Just back from a bit of picture snapping and I can tell you that there’s not much of anything looking surfable from Northy to Dee Why thanks to 20-30 kts of SE wind.  Swell has ramped up and is currently out of the E by ESE at close to 4 metres at around 9 seconds apart.  Seas on top of the swell are pushing 7 metres, so not the day to take the tinny for a spin.

The Bureau has raised a strong wind warning this morning – and tomorrow they reckon it’ll be blowing harder again (25-35 kts) but they’re expecting the direction to work around to the SW and by Weds we should have 10-20 kts of SW wind. Hmmm…

Have to run some errands now, so I’ll be back again later with a few more pics (I hope). Go well!

Momentarily plausible section forms up briefly.

Momentarily plausible section forms up briefly.

Rain and a southerly

Posted by: on October 22nd, 2008

AFTERNOON UPDATE: Wind is howling along quite nicely up here in the hills behind Dee Why. The Bureau says it’s up to 20-30 kts along the coast. We’re still getting showers through the joint at regular intervals and it hasn’t warmed up at all either. Around 3 pm, we had a ten minute break between showers, so I quickly climbed up into the crows nest and pointed the Century 650mm down toward Dee Why. It looked reasonably protected, considering, but while there were a few bods in the shories, the point must not be doing much because no one seemed to be haning around out there.  The period has gone up to around 9 seconds and the average height of the primary south swell at sea is up to 4 metres. But add in the windswell and sailors are looking at some potentially huge moments as the peaks hit 8 metres. Still looks as though this morning’s estimates for the next couple days are about right (see below)

3pm: Dee Why showing some sets, but the cold is keeping it uncrowded.

3pm: Dee Why showing some sets, but the cold is keeping it uncrowded.

Hello Friends,

You know what? It’s cold in the old Sydney this morning. At around 0800 it was only 12 outside the RealSurf wheelhouse. Yikes! Depending on where you’re standing along the coast of our region, the wind is out of the SW at anywhere from 15-30 kts. This morning’s rain should become more occasional through the day says the Bureau.

So, what’s happening with the swell? I can’t take a picture yet because of the aforementioned rain, but it looks as though there are some small (waist to chest high) sets as you move north along the beach at Dee Why. But I didn’t see anyone in the water. Funny that. Overnight the swell came back to dead south and the average size bumped up into the 3 metre range (with the seas on top of it hitting 5m). The key power setting hasn’t moved much though. It’s still around the 7-8 second mark.

The wind is set to rage along at the present speeds right through about lunchtime tomorrow in Sydney.

0830: pretty ordinary looking conditions for Long Reef.

0830: pretty ordinary looking conditions for Long Reef.

Had to run an errand, so I grabbed a couple snaps for you. Not outstandingly interesting it has to be said. Long Reef was sideshore and messy, but a little bit cleaner down toward the lagoon. But by a little bit, I mean a very little bit. The conditions are utterly horrid and uninviting in the extreme – cold, windblown and raining steadily.

Around the corner, out of the wind, there are some very tiny things coming into Whiterock. Maybe if you were a keen bodyboarder, or a super keen boardrider, you might be able to make something of the knee to waist high things getting there. If the period was a bit longer and if the swell was more around to the SE, it would be interesting.

0830: tiny but perfectly formed little left briefly stands up in the wind and rain.

0830: tiny but perfectly formed little left briefly stands up in the wind and rain.

The forecast models are showing the south swell building toward a peak sometime early tomorrow morning. Of course that’s when the marine forecast says it’ll still be very windy.  With luck though it won’t disappear before the wind backs off and the weather improves on Friday morning.

0600: not big, but definitely tasty looking at Snapper.

0600: not big, but definitely tasty looking at Snapper.

Next order of business for me is to see if I can find something interesting for today’s editor’s picks. I might have a look up SE Qld way to see how things are shaping along those surf zones. The WRL cam at Snapper shows some nice lines, so I wonder if that’s a fluke or not…

Speaking of pics, how ’bout Dee Why Rob’s amazing kite shots this morning? We should get him to explain how he rigged it up…

Have yourself a top old day!