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Tiny waves around the place

Posted on April 2nd, 2020 in At large.

Hello Friends,
Went for a bike ride with the camera…
Wind was light NNW 5-10 kts as of 0900. Swell was out of the NE and was a metre at 15 seconds out at sea. I did not see any obvious sign of 15-second energy though, instead, as the pictures show, it was weak and wind-swelly looking. So, maybe there were bomb sets I missed.
Weather was partly sunny this morning, but there’s a 90% chance of rain by this afternoon.

From NSW Health

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From 31 March 2020, you must stay at home, unless you are going to

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Existing rules around 10 people at funerals and 5 people at weddings still apply.

  • If you go out, stay 1.5 metres away from other people at all times.
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home.

Do not gather in public with more than 2 people except

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Long Reef north side

South Narrabeen

Maybe the odd knee high one at Northy

Collaroy-Narrabeen stretch near flat

Longy crew catching dribs and drabs

Near the Pole

Inconsistent and knee to waist high

Plenty of folk in the water at Dee Why

Weather Situation
A high pressure system lies over the Tasman Sea, directing northeasterly winds along the New South Wales coast. Winds will increase today ahead of a trough that looks to bring a brief southerly change to far southern waters early Friday. Following this, a vigorous cold front is forecast to bring a south to southwesterly change as it crosses the state during the weekend.

Forecast for Thursday until midnight

Strong Wind Warning for Thursday for Sydney Coast
Winds
Northeasterly 15 to 25 knots, becoming north to northeasterly 20 to 30 knots in the late afternoon and evening.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the morning.
Swell
Southerly below 1 metre.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 90% chance of rain and the chance of a thunderstorm this afternoon and evening.
Friday 3 April
Winds
North to northwesterly 15 to 25 knots.
Seas
1.5 to 2.5 metres.
Swell
East to northeasterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 90% chance of rain. The chance of a thunderstorm.
Saturday 4 April
Winds
North to northwesterly 15 to 20 knots turning westerly during the afternoon.
Seas
1 to 2 metres.
Swell
East to northeasterly around 1 metre.
Weather
The chance of a thunderstorm in the morning. Mostly sunny afternoon.


Saturday Surf Report

Posted on March 14th, 2020 in At large.

The southerly has come through all Sydney beaches now, after passing the far south side around 6.30, blowing out the 1 metre waves leftover from yesterday.  It will bring up some south swell over the days ahead, but today won’t do anything for the surf.

Wind is strong with gusts of 70 ks at North Head.

Low tide was at 7.

If you want to get wet and have a swim try protected southern corners.  The water temp is 22,23 and the water is crystal clear. And there are lots of other ways to exercise if you’re not sick.

Just for info, following the Council of Australian Governments meeting yesterday SLSA has announced that the 2020 Australian SLS Championships due to be held at Kurrawa Qld 18-26 April have been cancelled due to COVID 19.

And the WSL events for March have been cancelled.

The good news is the world will keep turning, the sun will come out, the winds will blow and there will be waves

Stay well.

 

 


Saturday Surf Report

Posted on March 7th, 2020 in At large.

Hi all

 

We have two swells producing surf of variable quality on virtually all beaches at the moment… left over ENE and strengthening Southerly, the primary swell. The MHL buoy is showing around 2.6 – 4.6 metres offshore from SSE. Size on the beach is varying but is mostly in the 1-2 metre range, bigger at northern ends.

 

Wind strength is varying at the moment from Cronulla to Palm Beach, with stronger winds on the south side, but the wind will strengthen through the day everywhere… so protected corners are going to be sought after and will be well populated

 

Sky was mostly cloudy with a few blue patches half an hour ago but is mostly blue up north now.  Air is nice and fresh…. Oops a few clouds are starting to reappear.

 

Water temp is around 22. High tide was at 7:07…Low will be at 1:50.

 

Beachwatch is saying pollution is possible or likely at most places but judging by the numbers in the water already at places, the younger fitter ones with good immune systems seem prepared to risk it. Quality has been worse, relatively speaking.

 

See The Goat’s Surf Forecast for the outlook>>>


Sydney Saturday Surf Report

Posted on February 29th, 2020 in At large.

Happy leap day… last official day of Summer!  Hasn’t it been a beauty… fires, floods, storms, you name it.

Today though is fab.  The sun is out the sky is blue … in the south just a cloud or two…

Swell offshore according to the MHL buoy is in the 1.8 – 3 metre range from South South East with periods of 6 – just under 10 seconds.

Waves at the beach are in the 1-2 metre range depending on which way the beach faces.  Water surface is still a bit ruffled from yesterday’s wind, so quality is varying from beach to beach.

Tide was low at 6:36 and is coming in, but it’s still a bit shallow at places.  Might be best around mid tide.

Wind at the moment is delightfully calm to light on the coast, but the Bureau is forecasting winds to turn East later, so best to get to the beach before the waves get too wind affected.

Water quality has improved a lot.. There is still some weed and driftwood debris on some beaches but councils are gradually getting around to cleaning up. Water temp is a very pleasant 22, 23.

All in all… not a bad one…

Have fun!


Saturday Surf Report

Posted on February 22nd, 2020 in At large.
Small windblown onshore waves around 1 metre or so, with weed and who knows what still hanging around in the water at some beaches after the stormy weather earlier in the week.
Been raining steadily most of the night…Grey skies. Visibility is not great at times…very misty, but clearing.
On Friday I heard some people – mostly younger ones – say they had a fun time in similar surf … keen for exercise I guess.
Beachwatch Friday was reporting that pollution was unlikely,
at most Sydney beaches except near some of the lagoon entrances etc
But given the major flush out that rivers like the Hawkesbury,  coastal lagoons, and drains have had, and with lots of weed still in the water and possible debris, I would suggest the eyeball test is best for those with health concerns – ie have a look at it.
There are piles of driftwood (for collectors) and full size logs (for landscape gardeners) on some beaches, and there might still be some floating around in the water.  At least the color of the water isn’t the chocolate brown it was earlier in the week, mainly from river runout.
I heard yesterday of a fridge washed up on the beach at North Palm beach, and our local online community newspaper Pittwateronlinenews  http://www.pittwateronlinenews.com/community-news.php reported
” A dead Goat on Long Reef Beach, two cows on Patonga Beach with bite marks and a dead Bull Shark on Station Beach suggests that everything up the river has flushed out to Pittwater and Broken Bay.”
For the super keen…
The swell offshore is around 2 metres from dead South so not a lot of that is getting on to beaches, with choppy bumpy surf somewhere in the 1-2 metre range at the moment.  And the wind today is forecast to turn Easterly onshore, and the wave size will go down through the day.
Water temp is around 23.
Wave quality is ordinary.
Conditions are ordinary.
Water quality is sus.
Outlook is for small surf and onshore winds to continue through the week ahead… see TG’s forecast below..

Collaroy views

Posted on February 14th, 2020 in At large.

A few snaps of conditions on the Collaroy to Narrabeen stretch around 0930 this morning.

Ocean full of lines

Double overhead set at Northy

Swell still coming up and high tide 4 hours away….

Greenspeiple and bombie

White rock

White rock hoax right

Swell showing at Collaroy but not really surfable


Weak, bumpy but not flat

Posted on February 13th, 2020 in At large.

Hello Friends,

Swell looks to have faded overnight but it’s not totally unsurfable. According to the MHL buoy at 0400, there was 1.8 metres of ESE at 10 second periods. It wasn’t the most interesting looking start to the day either. Skies were solidly overcast and there’s a 90% chance of more rain. Tide was low at 0610 and will be back to 1.89m high at 1225. Water looks ordinary and Beachwatch was advising that pollution was possible pretty much everywhere.

All eyes are on the likely arrival of a brief spike into the big range from the east as an ex-cyclone moves across our swell window in the next 24-48 hours. I reckon the Goat will have a few thoughts on that front later today…

Small and messy at Curly

Dy

Heaps of weed and woofy looking water at Dee Why

Heaps of weed and woofy looking water at Dee Why

Dy surfer

Wave at Dee Why point about 0900

Wave at Dee Why point about 0900

Weather Situation

A high pressure system centred near New Zealand is directing east to northeasterly winds onto the New South Wales coast. Over the next few days Tropical Cyclone Uesi, currently located to the south of New Caledonia, is expected to move to the south to southwest. This system is currently not expected to directly impact New South Wales, however, it may bring periods of increased surf and southeast to southwesterly winds to parts of the coast from Friday, depending on its movement.

Forecast for Thursday until midnight

Winds
Easterly 15 to 20 knots.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres.
Swell
Northeasterly 2 metres, decreasing to 1.5 metres during the afternoon.
Weather
Cloudy. 95% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Friday 14 February

Winds
Easterly 10 to 15 knots turning southeasterly in the evening.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning.
Swell
Easterly 1.5 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 60% chance of showers.
Caution
Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.

Saturday 15 February

Winds
Southeast to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots tending southwesterly during the morning then tending southerly during the afternoon.
Seas
Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore during the morning.
Swell
Easterly 3 to 4 metres, tending southeasterly 2 to 2.5 metres during the afternoon.
Weather
Partly cloudy. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Waves around

Posted on February 12th, 2020 in At large.

Hello Friends,

Checked Collaroy and Long Reef this morning around 0800 and there are definitely waves in the shoulder to head plus range to be had. Swell’s coming mainly from the SE out at sea but looks more east along the beach. It’s about 9 seconds apart. Out at sea it was averaging 1.8 metres as of 0600. While you didn’t have to wait long for sets, you did have to be lucky to find a section. I watched a group just south of Marquesas for some time and didn’t see anyone catch a wave until the bloke in today’s hero pic paddled south and found a makeable one. Same deal at Longy. Not a lot of people in the water, but although they had size, waves were mostly shutting down. Still, if you’re in the water long enough, you’re getting a wave this morning. You might also be getting a skin or respiratory souvenir as well from the murky, polluted looking water.

High tide’s a swampy 1.9 metres at 1130, then it drains out to very low 0.2 m at 1800. Lots of movement on that front today.

Bureau says we can expect SE onshores as the day gets going. Early risers got the clean conditions I’d say. Prospects look reasonable size waves right through the weekend. The Wavewatch model is predicting a kick up in size for Saturday as we feel the influence of a low moving out of the Coral sea toward the north coast. Could be into the 3 metre, 13 second range. ECM’s a bit less hopeful on the size front, but both models are predicting light offshores for the morning session. Hope the water’s a bit better looking…

Have a great Wednesday!

 

Rider scores one at north Collaroy

Brief section at Longy 0800

Heading south of the lagoon at Longy

Near The Pole

 

 

Weather Situation

A high pressure system centred near New Zealand is directing east to northeasterly winds onto the New South Wales coast. Today a southerly change will affect southern and central parts of the coast, associated with a cold front passing to the south. This change is expected to decay during Thursday as the high pressure system and northeasterly winds once again become dominant. Meanwhile, Tropical Cyclone Uesi, currently located near New Caledonia, is expected to take a southwards track over the coming days. This system is currently not expected to directly impact New South Wales, however, it may bring periods of increased surf and southeast to southwesterly winds to parts of the coast from Friday, depending on its movement.

Forecast for Wednesday until midnight

Winds
East to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots, increasing to 15 to 20 knots in the evening. Winds inshore tending southeasterly 10 to 15 knots during the day.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres.
Swell
Easterly around 2 metres.
Weather
Cloudy. 95% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Thursday 13 February

Winds
Easterly 15 to 20 knots tending northeasterly in the evening.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres offshore.
Swell
East to northeasterly 1.5 to 2 metres.
Weather
Cloudy. 95% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Friday 14 February

Winds
East to northeasterly 15 to 20 knots turning southeasterly during the afternoon.
Seas
1 to 2 metres.
Swell
Northeasterly 1.5 to 2.5 metres.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 70% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm

Sun and surf

Posted on February 11th, 2020 in At large.

Hello Friends,

If you’re keen and willing to run the risk of a nasty infection, there are head high and a bit wave faces to be found. There were a few people at the point, but it looked kinda messy. Things were a little cleaner but still raw up the beach toward Longy. Like all the other lagoons, Dee Why was opened during the storm and has disgorged a nice old dollop of all the street run-off and lagoon goop into the line up.

Tide is coming into a deep 2 metre high at 1100. The MHL buoy shows primary swell is coming at us from the SSE, but there’s an obvious smaller component out of the NE to E. Primary swell was 2.6 m at 10 seconds as of 0500.

It looks as though the swell will fade a little over the next 24 hours, but from the shape of the forecast models, we should have waist to shoulder high sets through the rest of the week. Right now the weekend is looking rather interesting. Both the ECM and Wavewatch models show an influx of 3+ metre southerly swell and light to moderate S-SW wind. Here’s hoping!

Have a top old Tuesday!

Zippery little left at Longy

Peak near the Pole

A few folks messing about at the point

Near the Pole at 0730

 

Weather Situation
A strong high pressure system lies over the southern Tasman Sea, while a weakening low pressure trough lies near the New South Wales coast. Northeasterly winds across coastal waters will continue to ease today as the coastal trough weakens. A cold front passing to the south of New South Wales on Wednesday will bring a southerly change to the southern half of the coast, before the high pressure system and northeasterly winds once again become dominant for the end of the week.

Forecast for Tuesday until midnight
Winds
Northeasterly 15 to 20 knots.
Seas
1 to 2 metres.
Swell
Easterly around 2.5 metres.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.
Wednesday 12 February
Winds
East to northeasterly 15 to 20 knots. Winds inshore possibly turning southerly 10 to 15 knots in the morning.
Seas
1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
Swell
Easterly 1.5 to 2 metres.
Weather
Cloudy. 80% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.
Thursday 13 February
Winds
Northeasterly 15 to 20 knots.
Seas
Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore.
Swell
Easterly 1 to 2 metres.
Weather
Cloudy. 80% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.


Not fit for man nor beast

Posted on February 9th, 2020 in At large.

Hello Friends,

Went down to the beach for a look just on high tide. Wind was roaring and the pelting rain soaked me in seconds, so I couldn’t get any decent pictures. You’d have to be barking mad to try surfing in these insane conditions.
As we approach midday, wind is still smashing along at 40-50 kts and the rain’s continuing. At 0900 the MHL buoy was logging swell height and sea heights of 6-10 metres (looked to be 3-4 metres when I took the pictures). Period was 11 seconds and the energy was coming from ESE around to ENE.
Tomorrow looks like being almost as crazy as today. If you don’t care about water pollution, it may be surfable by Tuesday. Weather looks showery for the rest of the week.
Stay safe and dry!

Roaring wind and rain with a high tide surge cutting the beaches back

Kids getting wind blasted

 

Weather Situation

A strong high pressure system to the south of Tasmania extends a ridge into the Tasman Sea, while a trough lies along the New South Wales coast. This pattern will bring fresh and gusty onshore winds to most coastal waters today and Monday, becoming strong to gale force in some areas as the coastal trough deepens. Conditions are expected to gradually ease later Monday and Tuesday as the high and trough both weaken.

Forecast for Sunday until midnight

Gale Warning for Sunday for Sydney Coast

Winds
Easterly 30 to 40 knots.
Seas
4 metres.
Swell
Easterly 4 to 5 metres.
Weather
Cloudy. Near 100% chance of rain. Rain heavy at times.
Caution
Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.

Monday 10 February

Gale Warning for Monday for Sydney Coast

Winds
Easterly 25 to 30 knots, reaching up to 35 knots offshore early in the morning. Winds tending northeasterly 20 to 30 knots before dawn then decreasing to 15 to 25 knots in the morning.
Seas
2.5 to 4 metres, decreasing below 2 metres during the morning, then decreasing to 1 metre around midday.
Swell
Easterly 3 to 4 metres, decreasing to 3 metres during the afternoon.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 95% chance of rain. The chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon and evening.
Caution
Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.

Tuesday 11 February

Winds
Northeasterly 15 to 20 knots.
Seas
Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore.
Swell
Easterly 2 to 2.5 metres.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.