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Posted on December 7th, 2020 in At large.

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South magnets only

Posted on December 5th, 2020 in At large.

Hello Friends,

Not much to excite this morning. There are still weak little things coming in from the south at the magnet spots, but it was already choppy before 0700. Tide was low at 0540 and will be back to high at 1215, by which time the wind should be around to the NE and going pretty hard. Out at sea as of 0640 there was 1.8 metres of 12 second dead south swell and a fair amount of 6 second chop in on top of it. For Dee Why that meant the occasional chest plus set, but as the pictures show, it was not great looking. Water should be clean and temp is a springy-friendly 21C.

Weather-wise it’s set to be a partly cloudy day with a high chance of showers late this afternoon. Should reach a high of 27C.

Outlook is for the long period south swell to fade out this morning and then it seems we’re in for 3 days of small, short period NE wind bump before we may see another short-period south pulse around Wednesday with light winds for the early.

Have a top old Saturday, and don’t fret if you can’t get to the beach. You’re not missing anything!

Longy good for a beach walk

Kiddies as big as anywhere, but already junky before 0700

Gutless dribble south Narrabeen

A couple of hopefuls at Northy – for no obvious reason.

Zippo at Surfrider Gardens

Weather Situation
A weak southerly change is dissipating about the Hunter coast this morning. Following this, a new high is forecast to strengthen over the Tasman Sea during today, with coastal winds once again shifting northerly. Winds will shift west to southwesterly over southern and central parts of the coast on Sunday with the passage of the first front, before turning south to southwesterly at the start of the new week with the second front.

Forecast for Saturday until midnight
Strong Wind Warning for Saturday for Sydney Coast

Winds
South to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots becoming northeasterly 15 to 20 knots in the middle of the day, reaching up to 30 knots offshore in the evening.
Seas
Around 1 metre, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the afternoon.
Swell
Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 80% chance of showers late this afternoon and evening. The chance of a thunderstorm late this afternoon and evening.
Sunday 6 December
Strong Wind Warning for Sunday for Sydney Coast

Winds
North to northwesterly 20 to 30 knots, turning west to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots during the morning. Winds tending northeasterly during the afternoon.
Seas
1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the morning.
1st Swell
Northeasterly around 1 metre inshore, increasing to 1 to 2 metres offshore during the morning.
2nd Swell
Southerly around 1 metre.
Weather
The chance of a thunderstorm offshore in the early morning. Sunny day.
Monday 7 December
Winds
North to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots, becoming west to southwesterly during the morning. In the afternoon winds tending northeasterly reaching up to 20 knots, shifting southwesterly 15 to 20 knots in the evening.
Seas
Below 0.5 metres, increasing to around 1 metre during the morning.
1st Swell
Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the afternoon.
2nd Swell
Northeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the afternoon.
Weather
Sunny.


Really tiny

Posted on November 19th, 2020 in At large.

Hello Friends,

Wind was faintly out of the WNW as Thursday got started. We’re heading to a mostly sunny day with a high of 26C. Swell at sea was 0.9 metres at 9-10 seconds from the NE. First tide of the day is the 1.85 m high at 1210.

Did the Manly run this morning, so, as you can see from the pics, it’s pretty much ankle to knee high at Queenscliff, Curly and Dee Why. Nice morning for an exercise paddle though. Water is on 20C too.

The NE’r should come up soon and it’s predicted to get into the 20-25 kt range by dusk. With luck that’ll mean waves for tomorrow’s early will be a wee bit bigger…

Go well everyone!

Emerald waters and micro waves at Queenscliff

Knee high dribble at Curly

Unrideable at the point

No mans ankle to knee

Weather Situation
Northerly winds will extend along the New South Wales coast as a high pressure system becomes established over the Tasman Sea. A trough is then forecast to bring a southerly change to southern waters on Friday, continuing through to the Mid North Coast on Saturday where it will stall and weaken.

Forecast for Thursday until midnight
Winds
Northeasterly 15 to 20 knots increasing to 20 to 25 knots in the evening.
Seas
Around 1 metre, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres around midday.
Swell
Southerly below 1 metre.
Weather
Mostly sunny.
Friday 20 November
Winds
North to northeasterly 15 to 25 knots.
Seas
1.5 to 2.5 metres.
Swell
Northeasterly below 1 metre.
Weather
Partly cloudy. The chance of a thunderstorm.
Saturday 21 November
Winds
Southerly 15 to 25 knots decreasing to about 10 knots during the evening.
Seas
1 to 2 metres.
Swell
Northeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Weather
Partly cloudy.


Knee to waist high and smooth early

Posted on November 14th, 2020 in At large.

Hello Friends,

Partly cloudy skies, light WSW wind and a near-full tide were setting the stage for an 8-second 1.2 metres line from the NE to produce waist high sets at the better exposures. Lots of folks in the water from the get-go and it looks as though long lulls are the order of the day. But it was super clean and while soft, definitely surfable. Tide will hit the 1.83 m high at 0805. It’ll be back to low at 1425. Ocean is clean and Beachwatch says the temp’s on 20C. Weather call is for a partly cloudy day with a high of 25C.
As the Goat foreshadowed, the outlook for the week ahead is quiet but not utterly flat conditions.

Tiny bomb set at Dee Why 0645

Near the pole

Just south of Surfrider Gardens

Quite the crew hanging out at Northy

Surfrider Gardens this morning

South Narrabeen

Weather Situation
A low pressure trough sits over inland parts of northern New South Wales, moving over northern coastal parts as a southerly change moves up the coast. Following this, a high pressure system is forecast to develop over the western Tasman Sea during Sunday, before the next trough and southerly change early in the new week.

Forecast for Saturday until midnight
Winds
South to southwesterly about 10 knots tending southeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the late afternoon then turning east to northeasterly below 10 knots in the evening.
Seas
Below 1 metre.
Swell
Northeasterly 1 to 2 metres.
Weather
Partly cloudy.
Sunday 15 November
Winds
North to northwesterly about 10 knots tending northeasterly 15 to 25 knots in the middle of the day.
Seas
Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon.
Swell
Northeasterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Sunny.
Monday 16 November
Winds
Northerly 15 to 25 knots shifting south to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots during the evening.
Seas
1.5 to 2.5 metres.
Swell
East to northeasterly below 1 metre.
Weather
Partly cloudy. The chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon and evening.


The odd wave to be found

Posted on November 9th, 2020 in At large.

Hello Friends,

As of 0700 wind was coming lightly from the SSE. It’s not expected to pick up much, but it will keep coming from the eastern quarters. Out at sea the buoys were seeing 1.6 metres of 8-second wind swell from 156° (SSE). First tide of the daylight hours is the 0910 low. High is 1.5 m at 1530. Weather should be partly cloudy as it goes to a high of 21C with a 20% chance of rain. Water is on 19C.
Outlook is for the poor to mediocre conditions to persist through tomorrow at least. The average period is expected to improve around Wednesday, so maybe a hope there for a little more energy than we have right now.
Doing the Manly run this morning, so will post pictures by about 0900.
Go well with your day one and all!

Waist high with the odd bigger one

South Curly waves not great but if you were keen…

Weather Situation
A high pressure system east of Tasmania is extending a ridge north along the New South Wales coast, bringing southeast to northeasterly winds to the region today. This system will slowly drift east across the Tasman Sea for a number of days, with coastal winds gradually shifting northeasterly throughout the coastal waters. A slow-moving trough of low pressure looks set to bring a southerly change towards the end of the week.

Forecast for Monday until midnight
Winds
East to southeasterly about 10 knots, tending east to northeasterly in the afternoon.
Seas
Below 1 metre.
1st Swell
Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres.
2nd Swell
East to southeasterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Partly cloudy.
Tuesday 10 November
Winds
North to northeasterly about 10 knots, increasing to 10 to 15 knots in the afternoon reaching 20 knots at times.
Seas
Around 1 metre.
1st Swell
Southeasterly around 1 metre.
2nd Swell
Southerly below 1 metre.
Weather
Partly cloudy.
Wednesday 11 November
Winds
Northeasterly 10 to 15 knots, increasing to 15 to 25 knots during the morning.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the afternoon.
Swell
Southeasterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Mostly sunny.


Good morning to stay in

Posted on October 31st, 2020 in At large.

Hello Friends,

Thunder, dark grey skies, spitty rain and 10-15 kts of east wind, combined with 1.4 metres of 9 second SE swell. Throw in a 1.6 m high tide at 0855 and you have a recipe for dire surf prospects this morning. In fact it looks like being ordinary all day weatherwise, but the Bureau says the wind should get around to the westerly quarters by noon as the swell perks a little, so it might be worth keeping an eye on things, just in case it comes together…
Outlook is for gale force SW wind tomorrow with a bit more swell, so there might be a surf option for the super keen in the morning. The models show a return to southerly wind from around lunchtime Sunday which will then last through Monday. Tuesday looks like being the day, at least according to the Wavewatch model. It’s calling for light southerly with close to 2 metres of ESE bump at a short 9 second interval, so surf may not be much above the waist high mark at magnets.

Go well with your Saturday and take the mask if you’re going into public spaces.

Lone Longy surf hunter 0640

Blergh at Dee Why

Nothing doing at south Narrabeen

North Narrabeen looking weak and gloomy

Weather Situation
A low pressure system is deepening over NSW, and will move east to reach the Tasman Sea later today, and then will move further east on Sunday, allowing a freshening southerly flow to extend along the NSW coast. A high pressure system over the southern Tasman Sea will extend a ridge over NSW on Monday.

Forecast for Saturday until midnight
Strong Wind Warning for Saturday for Sydney Coast
Winds
Northeast to southeasterly 15 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots during the morning. Winds tending west to northwesterly 15 to 20 knots in the middle of the day then tending west to southwesterly in the evening.
Seas
2 to 3 metres.
1st Swell
Easterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the morning, then tending east to northeasterly 1.5 metres by early evening.
2nd Swell
South to southeasterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Cloudy. Near 100% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm in the morning and afternoon.
Sunday 1 November
Gale Warning for Sunday for Sydney Coast
Winds
Westerly 20 to 30 knots turning south to southwesterly 25 to 30 knots during the morning. Winds reaching up to 35 knots during the day.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 2 to 4 metres during the morning.
1st Swell
Southerly below 1 metre, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the morning.
2nd Swell
Northeasterly 1.5 metres, tending easterly 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning, then decreasing to around 1 metre during the afternoon.
Weather
Cloudy. 80% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.
Monday 2 November
Winds
Southerly 20 to 30 knots.
Seas
2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the afternoon.
Swell
Southerly 1.5 to 2 metres, tending southeasterly 1.5 to 2 metres during the morning.
Weather
Partly cloudy.


Warning: Partially treated discharge at Warriewood at 0400

Posted on October 26th, 2020 in At large.

Surfrider Foundation Northern Beaches received the following alert from Sydney Water this morning:

Partially treated discharge at Warriewood at 0400am 26/10/2020. Flows receiving wet weather treatment.


Misty Saturday morning

Posted on October 24th, 2020 in At large.

Hello Friends,

Gloomy drizzly skies and 10-15 kts of NNE wind from daybreak on Saturday morning. As the pictures show, there are little NE wind swell waves at the better exposures, but quality isn’t great. Out at sea it was 1.4 metres at 6-7 seconds from the NE, so not a lot of energy in the mix. Tide’s low at 0910 and it’ll be back to high at 1545. The Bureau says we can expect a humid high of 26 later with 5-15mm of showers.
Better get used to the showery weather, because the Bureau says we’re going to have it for the next week – plus it’s going to be southerly the whole time.
Surf will build under the southerly, so, water quality willing, there may be the odd wave option in the protected corners, but from here it does not look as though the quality will be terribly spectacular.
We’ll all be spending more time inside this week, so keep the masks handy – we don’t want to see anything like what folk are enduring in the northern hemisphere right now.
Go well!

Surfboat training at Dee Why

Not sure what these folks doing at the point

Surfrider Gardens

Gloomy little bumps at North Narrabeen

Weather Situation
A high pressure system near New Zealand is extending a ridge towards the Queensland coast, directing increasing northerly winds along most of the coast today. A cold front is forecast to bring a gusty southerly change to southern waters today before continuing to the north coast on Sunday. Following this, a new high is expected to strengthen near Tasmania and extend a ridge along the New South Wales coast, maintaining south to southeasterly winds along the coast for the remainder of the forecast period.

Forecast for Saturday until midnight
Strong Wind Warning for Saturday for Sydney Coast
Winds
North to northeasterly 20 to 30 knots, then a gusty southerly change 25 to 30 knots in the late evening.
Seas
1.5 to 2.5 metres.
Swell
Northeasterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres in the afternoon.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 80% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm, possibly severe.
Sunday 25 October
Strong Wind Warning for Sunday for Sydney Coast
Winds
South to southwesterly 20 to 30 knots tending southeasterly in the afternoon.
Seas
2 to 3 metres.
1st Swell
Southerly below 1 metre, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the morning.
2nd Swell
Northeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre around midday.
Weather
Cloudy. 80% chance of showers.
Monday 26 October
Winds
South to southeasterly 20 to 30 knots.
Seas
2.5 to 3 metres.
1st Swell
Southeasterly 2.5 to 3 metres, tending southerly 2 to 2.5 metres during the morning.
2nd Swell
Northeasterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Cloudy. 80% chance of showers.


Grey, glassy and small early

Posted on October 17th, 2020 in At large.

Hello Friends,

Surprisingly surfable looking little knee to waist-plus glassy peaks all over the place this morning. The incoming tide was beginning to swamp them and the short period nature of the swell means there’s not a lot of power, so you’ll want to take your floatiest surf tool to get the most out of the conditions.

Swell at sea was around the 1.3 metre mark at 6-7 seconds from the SE and the breeze was coming lightly from the NW at 2-3 kts as of 0630. Tide was on the way in to a swampy 1.8 metre high at 0915. Skies were solidly overcast and there’s a 50% chance of a shower later. The day is set to warm up to 26C. Water is on 19C and Beachwatch says quality is good everywhere along Sydney’s beaches.

Longy crew chasing bumps

Soft set at Longy

Near the pole

Knee to waist at Northy

Little peaks at Surfrider Gardens

Far north Collaroy peak

Weather Situation
Northerly winds are forecast to increase today ahead of the passage of a trough that will bring a southerly change to southern parts of the coast late this evening. This southerly change will then continue north, reaching the northern coast on Monday.

Forecast for Saturday until midnight
Winds
North to northeasterly about 10 knots increasing to 15 to 25 knots in the afternoon. Winds may briefly turn south to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots in the late evening
Seas
Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres around midday.
1st Swell
Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres.
2nd Swell
Easterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Cloudy. 50% chance of showers this evening. The chance of a thunderstorm later tonight.
Sunday 18 October
Strong Wind Warning for Sunday for Sydney Coast
Winds
Variable about 10 knots becoming north to northwesterly 15 to 20 knots before dawn then shifting south to southeasterly 20 to 30 knots in the evening.
Seas
Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres offshore.
Swell
East to northeasterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Cloudy. 90% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.
Monday 19 October
Winds
South to southeasterly 15 to 25 knots, decreasing to 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon.
Seas
1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
1st Swell
Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres.
2nd Swell
Northeasterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore.
Weather
Partly cloudy.


Super keen are we?

Posted on October 12th, 2020 in At large.

Hello Friends,

Only tiny wind bumped wind bump on offer this morning. Lower your expectations if you’re getting in no matter what. Still, it is another absolutely beautiful day out there!

We’re heading to a high of 24 along the coast today with onshores from the SE-NE in the morning and a NE’r this afternoon. First tide of the daylight hours is the low at 1050. The 1.58m high arrives at 1720. As of 0730, the swell out at sea was a touch over a metre from the SE at 9 seconds. Water has come up a tick to 19C according to Beachwatch.
Surf outlook for the next 3-4 days is currently pretty dire. Maybe not totally flat, but mostly below waist high at the better spots is the outlook until Thr-Fri.
Have a good one, and keep the mask handy!

Little bumps up at Northy

Surfrider Gardens junky shutdowns 0815

Weather Situation
A trough, which brought a south to southeasterly change to southern and central waters overnight, is weakening as a high pressure system strengthens over the Tasman Sea today. On Tuesday a trough is forecast to bring a southerly change to the southern coast and then weaken as it moves north, to reach central parts on Wednesday. After this, northerly winds are expected to increase as the high again becomes the dominant feature in the region.

Forecast for Monday until midnight
Winds
Northeast to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots becoming north to northeasterly 15 to 20 knots in the afternoon.
Seas
Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to .15 metres in the evening.
Swell
South to southeasterly below 1 metre.
Weather
Partly cloudy. Possible thunderstorms offshore this morning.
Tuesday 13 October
Winds
Northerly 15 to 20 knots shifting southerly 15 to 25 knots in the evening.
Seas
1 to 2 metres.
Swell
Easterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Sunny.
Wednesday 14 October
Winds
Southerly 15 to 20 knots turning east to southeasterly below 10 knots during the morning then tending northeasterly 10 to 15 knots during the evening.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the morning.
1st Swell
Southerly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon or evening.
2nd Swell
East to northeasterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Partly cloudy.