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Late morning report

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 in At large.

Hello Friends,

Dropped my mate off at the airport this morning, so running a little behind the usual schedule. The good thing is that it meant I could stop by Curly to see what was happening before checking Dee Why. As of 0830 what was happening was occasional chest plus lines with not too many corners. You did a lot of waiting for the opportunity to get caught behind after your first turn. It was the same around at Dee Why, only a touch smaller. Tide is now coming in to a 1.4 m high at 1445. Will be interesting to see if the swell perks because tomorrow should be quite a bit bigger (see Bureau forecast below).

Have a great day everyone!

Curly crew waiting

 

Curly section at 0830

 

Waiting at the point…

 

Catching little ones in the rocks at the point 0850

 

Yet another shutdown at No Mans around 0900

 

Beach walkers

 

Near the Pole 0845

Weather Situation

A strong high pressure system over the Bight is maintaining a ridge to the east, while a series of cold fronts skim past the southeast corner of New South Wales. Little change to this pattern is expected during the coming days, with the high moving over southeast Australia at the end of the week.

Forecast for Tuesday until midnight

Winds
West to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots tending south to southwesterly in the evening, reaching 25 knots offshore.
Seas
1 to 2 metres.
Swell
Southerly 2 to 3 metres.
Weather
Mostly sunny.

Wednesday 23 May

Winds
Southwesterly 15 to 25 knots becoming variable 10 knots in the afternoon, then north to northeasterly in the evening.
Seas
1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 metre around midday.
Swell
Southerly 3 metres, increasing to 3 to 4 metres during the morning.
Weather
Mostly sunny.
Caution
Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.

Thursday 24 May

Winds
Variable about 10 knots becoming southerly 10 to 15 knots during the morning.
Seas
Around 1 metre.
Swell
Southerly 2 to 3 metres.
Weather
Partly cloudy.

Pretty morning, little waves

Posted on May 21st, 2018 in Dee Why.

Hello Friends,

Monday opens with 10-12 kts of westerly wind grooming a 1.2 metre, 12 sec SSE (160°) swell. Tide hit a 0.4 m low at 0730 and is now coming in to a 1.4 m high at 1340. Weather is set to be sunny all day. And the swell should gradually pick up (the Bureau’s posted a warning for rock fishers to be careful of deceptive conditions.

As you can see from the pics, there were little waves at Dee Why this morning. Sets looked to be in the chest plus range along the beach and waist plus at the point. The dire bank situation along the beach appears unchanged (ie, shutdowns rule).

The Bureau’s forecast – and all the surf forecasts – are still calling for a gradual build in the swell to a Wednesday morning peak in the 3+ metre range + a 16 sec period. It’s looking very interesting indeed. And if the long range models have anything to do with reality, we should be looking at surf for at least the next week and maybe beyond that. So woo-hoo!

Have a great Monday everyone.

Sweet wall before the inevitable shutdown 0745

 

Plausible set at the point, but it escaped being ridden

 

Weather Situation

A semi-stationary, strong high pressure system south of the Bight with a ridge to the northern Tasman Sea is directing south to southwesterly winds along the New South Wales coast.

Forecast for Monday until midnight

Winds
West to southwesterly 20 to 25 knots.
Seas
1 to 2 metres.
Swell
Southerly 1.5 to 2.5 metres.
Weather
Sunny.
Caution
Surf conditions may be more powerful than they appear and are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.

Tuesday 22 May

Winds
West to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots tending south to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots in the evening. Winds reaching up to 25 knots offshore in the evening.
Seas
1 to 2 metres.
Swell
Southerly 2 to 3 metres.
Weather
Sunny.

Wednesday 23 May

Winds
South to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots shifting north to northeasterly below 10 knots during the day.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the afternoon.
Swell
Southerly 2.5 to 3 metres inshore, increasing to 2.5 to 4 metres offshore.
Weather
Mostly sunny.
Caution
Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.

Dee Why at 0930

Posted on May 20th, 2018 in Dee Why.

Busy Sunday beach day

Catching little ones along the rocks

Shutdown coming up 0945

Moment of open face

The way so many waves ended this morning. At least it’s not flat.


You have to wait but there are waves this morning

Posted on May 20th, 2018 in Dee Why.

Hello Friends,
Back in Sydney from the annual run up the coast (23rd since ’77!) and have awoken to a sunny Sunday morning with little offshore lines rolling into the beaches. Between sets it looked very small, but if you just waited there were chest high wave faces to be had up the beach toward No Mans and waist-ish sets (less frequently) at the point.
Wind was a light westerly early. It’s set to pick up and go more SW-S by midday.
At 0600 the MHL Sydney buoy was showing a metre of 11-12 sec energy from the SE (140°). The forecast is for it to pick up as the day goes along and be in the 1.5-2 m range by close of play. Tide was a 0.37 low at 0625 and is now running in to a 1.4 m high at 1230.

Tomorrow’s outlook is very similar to today’s except that the swell should pick up into the 2-3 metre range – causing the Bureau to issue a caution for deceptive surf conditions.

The models continue to look hopeful for the coming week. Right now it looks as though Wednesday could be pretty dramatic with a combo of 2-3+ metre 15-17 sec south swell, sunny skies and offshores all day. And if the more hopeful models have it right, there should be waves through next weekend and into the following week…

Have a great Sunday one and all!

Clean little bumps at 0750

 

One wave sets turn up every now and then at the point 0800

 

Another one at No Mans

Weather Situation

A semi-stationary, strong high pressure system south of the Bight with a ridge to the northern Tasman Sea is directing south to southwesterly winds along the New South Wales coast.

Forecast for Sunday until midnight

Winds
West to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots tending south to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots in the early afternoon.
Seas
Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
Swell
Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres later in the evening.
Weather
Sunny.

Monday 21 May

Winds
West to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots offshore during the morning.
Seas
Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the morning.
Swell
Southerly 2 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning.
Weather
Sunny.
Caution
Surf conditions may be more powerful than they appear and are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.

Tuesday 22 May

Winds
West to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots turning southerly during the evening.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the afternoon.
Swell
Southerly 2 to 3 metres.
Weather
Sunny.

Postcards from Lennox, Boulder, Crescent

Posted on May 18th, 2018 in At large.

Getting impressively high for such a tiny, gutless wave at Crescent Head at dusk

Half an hour of light left…

Will the lines still be here tomorrow morning…?

Much smaller at Boulder by midday

Waiting…

soft but more than enough size at Lennox Head for the dozen or so in the water

Mat riders team up for a little Lennox Head runner

Generating energy from the weak but surfable waves at Lennox Head late morning Friday

Another set comes into view

Watcha lookin’ at mate!

Lennox from town beach

Early morning wave at 7-mile

Lennox view

If only these sections were more frequent at the reefs, Lennox Head

Racing out to get a few before his heat

Early morning small lines showing up at the poine

Teaser!


The Goat’s Surf Forecast

Posted on May 17th, 2018 in Goat's Forecast.

Surf forecast issued Thursday 17 May 2018: Seven day outlook for Sydney:

What a week! Cold, windy and messy out of control surf for most of it. Not much use to anyone except the very few people that I saw in the water at a couple of rare times: young keen kids (they have to learn sometime), very experienced (good luck to them), or the odd lunatic. For the rest of us it was doing-something-else time.

Now that it looks like it’s finally starting to calm down, you may well find that your favourite sandbank has been dredged by the constant onslaught of rips from larger waves and wind.  Sigh.  Never mind, it’ll come back – sometime in the next 6 months!

In the meantime, to help bring back the banks more quickly, you can sing along while you read the rest of the forecast. You know you want to –

Ahh, they don’t make songs like that any more, do they? !?

Singalong Surf Forecasts…  What’ll they think of next!

The surf…

Friday: down from today in the lower end of the 1-2 metre range at places that are open to dead South swell

Saturday: up in the 1-2 metre range at dead South places, with some sets showing a little oomphyness at times

Sunday: easing back in the 1-2 metre range at dead South places

Monday: coming up again! 2 – 2+ metres, with sets, at dead South spots

Tuesday: down in the 1-2 metre range at dead South places

Wednesday: in the 1-2 metre range… yes dead South

Thursday: I could speculate, but let’s not scare the horses at this early stage.

Have fun if you can find somewhere with banks… and stay safe. Surf within your abilities at suitable places.

If you can’t find somewhere, then just sing along … At least it’ll be sunny.

TG

Up in the Sky

 

Cloud/surface composite, Australia satellite image of Australia at Thu May 17 07:30:00 2018

MSLP Analysis for Thu May 17 06:00:00 2018 AUTC

Wind

https://www.windy.com/-33.855/151.216?-34.889,151.216,7

Down in the Sea

Water temp is getting cooler at around 19.

Ahh that’s where the whales are… Look how nice and warm it is way out offshore.

If you were a whale wouldn’t you rather be swimming north in warmer water? If you were a people wouldn’t you too??

image

Tides

http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/documents/maritime/usingwaterways/tides-weather/tide-tables-2017-2018.pdf

Weather from the Bureau

Forecast for the rest of Thursday

Summary
Clear.
Chance of any rain: 0% 

Sydney area

Clear. Light winds.

Sun protection recommended from 11:40 am to 12:00 pm, UV Index predicted to reach 3 [Moderate]

Friday 18 May

Summary
Min 9
Max 20
Sunny.
Chance of any rain: 0% 

Sydney area

Patchy fog in the early morning. Sunny day. Winds west to southwesterly 15 to 20 km/h becoming light in the morning.

Sun protection not recommended, UV Index predicted to reach 2 [Low]

Saturday 19 May

Summary
Min 11
Max 20
Sunny.
Chance of any rain: 10% 

Sydney area

Sunny. Early fog patches in the west. Light winds.

Sun protection not recommended, UV Index predicted to reach 2 [Low]

Sunday 20 May

Summary
Min 9
Max 20
Sunny.
Chance of any rain: 5% 

Sydney area

Sunny. Early fog patches in the west. Light winds becoming westerly 15 to 20 km/h during the day.

Sun protection not recommended, UV Index predicted to reach 2 [Low]

Monday 21 May

Summary
Min 10
Max 22
Sunny.
Chance of any rain: 10% 

Sydney area

Sunny. Winds westerly 15 to 20 km/h becoming southwesterly during the evening.

Tuesday 22 May

Summary
Min 10
Max 20
Sunny.
Chance of any rain: 5% 

Sydney area

Sunny. Light winds.

Wednesday 23 May

Summary
Min 9
Max 22
Sunny.
Chance of any rain: 5% 

Sydney area

Sunny. Light winds becoming westerly 15 to 20 km/h during the morning.

Thursday 24 May

Summary
Min 11
Max 19
Partly cloudy.
Chance of any rain: 10% 

Sydney area

Partly cloudy. Winds southwesterly 15 to 25 km/h turning southerly 25 to 35 km/h during the morning then decreasing to 15 to 20 km/h during the day.

 


Postcards from up North: 7-mile and Boulder

Posted on May 17th, 2018 in At large.

SUP rider on the reefs off Lennox at 0730


Postcards from Byron and beyond

Posted on May 16th, 2018 in At large.

Soft lines at Lennox this afternoon

Hangin’ out at Lennox, noon

The right equipment for the weak swell at Lennox

Famous lighthouse

North of the Wreck tiny longboard lines 0930

Riding these on a shortboard wasn’t nearly as fun. North of the Wreck 0930

Johnson’s shories were shutting down heavily but for a second or two…

The takeoff was the thing at Johnson’s 0900

Sole rider doing the soul ride at the Pass


Postcards from Lennox Head

Posted on May 16th, 2018 in At large.

Exiting one

In the corner at Lennox 0715

Stoked!

Lennox Head beach 0715

The odd wave at the Point

Jagging one before school

Swell close together and piling inat 0700

Taking the top off one at Lennox 0700


Postcards from up the coast

Posted on May 15th, 2018 in At large.

Crescent head early: high tide, inconsistent, fat, slow. Prob. much better on lower tide…

Bomb set & rider didn’t make the section. Crescent Head, 0735

 

Arrawarra 1135: Irregular sets in the knee to waist plus range, dozen out, weak and slow looking.


Wooli breakwater pretty but really small and well protected from the south wind. No one out. Size prob knee to knee plus…

Wooli up the beach a little peak trying to do something but failing 1300 Tuesday

Where I’ll be until Friday morning…


 

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