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Postcard: Nice beach day in the Netherlands

Posted on September 10th, 2018 in At large.
Not a lot happening surf wise at Den Haag Zuidstrand. .The Hague South Beach. .but a few tried hard.
Lots of people having fun at the beach. The entire cafe on the sand is dismantled every year before the Winter storms.
TG

Beautiful day in NL


The Goat sends a postcard from Newquay

Posted on September 7th, 2018 in At large.

7pm ..onshore ..cold for an Aussie..and there’s a surf school on!

TG

Lovely Newquay, UK


Postcard from the Isle of Wight

Posted on September 4th, 2018 in At large.

No surf at the main surfing beach. Lovely day though.
TG


Smooth, glassy and little bumps for the early

Posted on September 1st, 2018 in At large.

Hello Friends,

Really tiny as this morning got started along the beaches. There’s a weak but clean little NE bump making itself felt at various places thanks to a metre or so of  6-8 second NE windswell along with a hint of south component. Sets at magnets were knee to waistish and it really looked like the floaty your equipment the better. Tide was low at 0540 and will be back to a 1.5 m high at noon. There was just a breath of NW wind.

There’s a strong wind warning for 15-25 kts of westerly later today. Swell doesn’t look like coming up at all today, so the plan is to hit it now before the westerlies and high tide knock it about.

Father’s Day is shaping to be southerly, cloudy and with a chance of showers. The Bureau says the southerly swell should pick up, but the wind will limit surf options pretty severely. Sorry about that fellow fathers!

The rest of the week is not currently looking too exciting. Basically onshores and small to medium size south swell. At this stage, Thursday morning looks about the best option.

Have a great Saturday everyone!

Longy, 0630: Struggled mightily to get into it, but couldn’t

 

Early morning Dee Why lagoon

 

A tiny slow moving little glassy peak at Kiddies 0625

 

Maybe with a bodyboard… tiny south Narrabeen 0620

 

Too small to surf at Gardens

 

NE lines in a coppery sea

 

Pretty little peak perking briefly at Northy, 0620

Weather Situation

Fresh to strong and gusty westerly winds expected over NSW coastal waters today in the wake of a cold front. A secondary cold front will see winds tend southerly during the weekend as a high develops to the west. Winds will then tend east to southeasterly in the new week as the high centre shifts into the Tasman Sea. A coastal trough is expected to form about the northern coast on Monday and linger on Tuesday.

Forecast for Saturday until midnight

Strong Wind Warning for Saturday for Sydney Coast

Winds
Westerly 15 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots offshore during the morning. Winds turning southwesterly during the afternoon and evening.
Seas
1.5 to 2.5 metres.
Swell
Northeasterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Sunny.

Sunday 2 September

Strong Wind Warning for Sunday for Sydney Coast

Winds
Southerly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 30 knots offshore early in the morning.
Seas
1.5 to 2.5 metres.
Swell
Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the morning.
Weather
Cloudy. 60% chance of showers.

Monday 3 September

Winds
South to southeasterly 15 to 20 knots tending east to southeasterly during the day.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres.
Swell
Southerly 2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 2 metres during the afternoon or evening.
Weather
Cloudy. 80% chance of showers.

Marginal morning along the beaches

Posted on August 25th, 2018 in At large.

Hello Friends,

A steady NE wind, overcast skies dropping the occasional drop of rain but only a feeble and scrappy little SSE-NE combo swell making itself felt along the beaches this morning. The MHL buoy was seeing 1.7 m at 10 seconds, but I didn’t see too many wave faces in that range when I checked conditions around 0730. Tide wasn’t a big issue as the 0740 peak is a modest 1.3 m. It’ll be back to a lowish 0.48 m at 1315. Water temp has dropped to 16°C.

Wind should pick up later in the day, while the swell seems unlikely to improve in any respect.

According to most of the models, outlook for the week ahead is not red hot for Sun-Tue but Weds-Thr looks hopeful on a couple of the predictions.

Have a top old Saturday!

Rainy day coming up

 

Soft little peak briefly stands up at No Mans 0640

 

Long Reef shories for the keen

 

Kiddies set at 0640

 

Northy flickering iweakly at 0635

 

South Narrabeen unoccupied

 

Fishing maybe the better plan

Weather Situation

A high pressure system lies over the western Tasman Sea whilst a low pressure system and associated trough lie over the far northwest of the state. North to northeasterly winds will freshen as the low moves east this weekend. Late on Sunday winds are forecast to turn southerly along the southern half as the trough moves into the Tasman Sea. Southerly winds are then expected to extend along the coast during Monday as a complex low pressure system forms over the Tasman Sea.

Forecast for Saturday until midnight

Winds
North to northeasterly 15 to 20 knots turning northerly during the day.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres offshore.
Swell
Southeasterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Cloudy. 90% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Sunday 26 August

Winds
Northerly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots offshore in the late morning. Winds shifting west to southwesterly in the evening.
Seas
1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres by early evening.
Swell
Southerly around 1 metre.
Weather
Cloudy. 80% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm offshore in the early morning.

Monday 27 August

Winds
West to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots tending south to southwesterly 15 to 25 knots during the morning.
Seas
1 to 2 metres.
Swell
Southerly 1 to 2 metres.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 60% chance of showers.

Postcards from this morning

Posted on August 23rd, 2018 in At large.

Hello Friends,

On the Pacificc Highway headed home as I write this. Got up this morning to find the point at Crescent Head just flickering. There wasn’t anything at the top of the point, but out from the clubhouse the SUP riders were dominating the occasional waist high waves.

Charging one at Crescent 0730 

Decided to look in at North Haven on the off chance there’d be something interesting. No one in the water and a few locals messing about in the carpark told the story. The open beach had waves, but no discernible peaks and up next to the breakwall there were occasional little sections, but they were very few and far between.

Plausible little section North Haven

Bonny Hills mal waves with the odd interesting one.

Around lunch time we pulled off the road for a look at Old Bar and the point. The open stretches were just starting to blow out and the point was pretty small (again, the SUPs had the best of it). We did see a spectacular Regent Bowerbird, but of course the camera was not to hand.

SUP riders messing about at Saltwater 1045

The point looking marginal at low tide…


Postcards from the mid-north Coast

Posted on August 22nd, 2018 in At large.

Just some happy snaps to share from this morning…

Racecourse to himself just before noon

Some old geezer from Sydney at Racecourse

Deceptively pretty (they were small but fun on a mal)

Not too busy

Size but no takers

This was getting overwhelmed by the swell even as Crescent Head was too tiny to surf


Hopeful start at Crescent

Posted on August 22nd, 2018 in At large.

Hello Friends,

Cold but beautiful morning on the mid-north coast. Swell still mostly missing the point at Crescent, but there should be energy elsewhere, so going for a look around shortly with, I hope, pics to follow later.

Decision time


Postcards from Crescent Head

Posted on August 21st, 2018 in At large.

It may be 2.8 metres at 12 seconds out at sea, but coming from 160 degrees means that the swell is pushing past the point at Crescent Head. It’s quite annoying to see a solid overhead set at Pebbly Beach, but when it gets to the top of the point it just fats out and slides off to the north. Inside it’s right on the edge of too small to catch. The more exposed beaches have some size but the onshore is making a mess of the conditions. So it appears we’ve struck out so far. The Goat said he thought I was being a bit optimistic. Ah well, it’s still nice to be up here and who knows… maybe tomorrow we’ll find something. In the meantime, a few postcards…

Really tiny at Crescent this afternoon

Pebbly Beach seeing swell

Know this view?

Set arrives south side of Crescent head headland

Same set as the other pic, but this spilled wide and was totally unsurfable a few seconds later


Hooray! Waves to be found

Posted on August 18th, 2018 in At large.

Hello Friends,
Good news, against expectations, we have little waves at magnet spots this morning. It’s not very consistent, but when the sets turn up, the wave faces are into the chest to shoulder high range. That said, there were long stretches at less optimally aligned beaches (looking at you south Narra) that were near flat. The 0500 data from the MHL buoy revealed 1.3 metres of 11-second SSE (158°) swell. At 0700 wind was out of the NNW at 7-9 kts. This morning’s 0.5 m low tide was at 0730 and it’ll be back to a 1.47 m high at 1400.
According to the marine forecast, this morning’s waves will fade pretty quickly to around a metre, so better to get in ASAP.
Wind should pick up into the 15-20 kt range from the NW.
Tomorrow we’re in for fierce offshores. At the same time a solid south pulse should start making itself felt and come Monday – yikes! The Bureau says 4-5 metres south with strong S-SW wind. From a quick glance at the models, the pulse should peak Monday and fade gradually toward midweek, but with luck there should be waves of some sort or other.
Have a top old Saturday and keep on smilin’!

Looking the goods at Longy 0640


 

No Mans lines at 0640


 

Nothing happening at the point


 

Too tiny at Gardens


 

Hullo Mr Sun


 

South Narra nup


 

Crew chasing sets at Northy

 

Weather Situation

A ridge of high pressure is extending across New South Wales from the west, accompanied by light to moderate winds in most coastal areas. Westerly winds will increase in southern and central parts today as the next cold front moves through the region, shifting southwesterly in its wake on Sunday. Following this, a deep low is forecast to develop over the central Tasman Sea, reinforcing a vigorous south to southwesterly flow along the entire coast.

Forecast for Saturday until midnight

Strong Wind Warning for Saturday for Sydney Coast

Winds
Northwesterly 15 to 20 knots tending westerly 20 to 25 knots in the evening. Winds reaching up to 30 knots offshore in the evening.
Seas
Around 1 metre, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the morning.
Swell
Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the morning.
Weather
Mostly sunny.

Sunday 19 August

Gale Warning for Sunday for Sydney Coast

Winds
Westerly 25 to 30 knots turning southwesterly 20 to 30 knots in the middle of the day. Winds reaching up to 35 knots offshore in the late evening.
Seas
2 to 3 metres.
Swell
Southerly 1 to 2 metres, increasing to 3 to 5 metres during the afternoon.
Weather
Mostly sunny morning. 50% chance of showers in the late afternoon and evening.

Monday 20 August

Winds
South to southwesterly 25 to 40 knots decreasing to 10 to 15 knots during the evening.
Seas
2 to 4 metres, decreasing below 2.5 metres during the evening.
Swell
Southerly 4 to 5 metres.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 60% chance of showers

 

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