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Ultra micro Saturday

Posted on August 22nd, 2020 in At large.

Hello Friends,

Chilly, breezy, sunny and almost perfectly flat this morning. The only wave I saw ridden was the one shown below. So, if you were in exactly the right spot at exactly the right moment with exactly the right equipment… swell is about half a metre out at sea and wind is out of the NW at 16-22 kts. Ocean is 18C.
There’s really no hope of an improvement today, however tomorrow should see the swell coming up at spots that like a dead south swell. And then Monday it should really get going as it builds into the 3-4 metre range by the afternoon. Wind is set to stay cold and westerly to SW’ly right across the period.
Go well everybody and keep those masks handy.

A wave! Clean little peeler at Longy

Beautiful mouse surf at No Mans

Chilly morning, Long Reef

Hardy specimens wading in for a dip (air temp @ 10)

Narrabeen looked like a lake

Out for a paddle


Weather Situation
A complex low pressure system near Tasmania is directing a series of cold fronts and troughs across southeast Australia, bringing vigorous westerly winds to New South Wales waters. Conditions are expected to gradually ease later Sunday and Monday as the low moves away to the east and is replaced by a high pressure system. This high looks set to become the dominant features over the state during the coming week, promoting a return to lighter winds.

Forecast for Saturday until midnight

Strong Wind Warning for Saturday for Sydney Coast
Winds
Westerly 20 to 30 knots.
Seas
2 to 3 metres.
Swell
Southerly below 1 metre.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers.
Sunday 23 August
Gale Warning for Sunday for Sydney Coast
Winds
Westerly 20 to 30 knots, reaching 35 knots offshore.
Seas
2 to 3 metres, reaching 4 metres offshore.
Swell
Southerly around 1 metre, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres around midday.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm from the late morning.
Monday 24 August
Winds
Westerly 20 to 30 knots turning southwesterly 15 to 25 knots in the afternoon.
Seas
2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1 to 2 metres during the evening.
Swell
Southerly 2 to 3 metres, increasing to 3 to 4 metres during the afternoon.
Weather
Partly cloudy.
Caution
Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.


Posted on August 15th, 2020 in At large.

Hello Friends,

Knee to maybe waist high at spots picking up the last little scraps of swell. It has a longish period, so the lines are clean and well defined. Not a lot of people in the water for the early, but these cute little waves will no doubt attract more takers in due course.

Out at sea the waverider buoy was seeing just 0.8 metres of 12-second period SE swell. Tide was high at 0510 and will be back to low at 1045. There’s a medium chance of the odd shower, but at day break the skies were partly cloudy with lots of clear breaks. Wind was coming from the WNW at 9-10 kts as of 0645.

According to the models our surf prospects for the next few days are either blah (ECM) or might be pretty fun (Wavewatch). Going with the hopeful take, tomorrow could be a touch bigger than today and then Monday could be into the shoulder high range at south magnets. We shall see…

Go well with your Saturday and take the mask for those crowded indoor public spaces.

Weather Situation
A trough is moving into the Tasman Sea early this morning, with a low pressure system expected to develop within this trough off the southern New South Wales coast during this morning. This system will bring a fresh to strong southwesterly wind change along the coast today. The low is expected to move away to the southeast during Sunday and Monday, with southwesterly winds expected to ease from the north as the low moves away. Winds will then tend back to the northwest later Monday.

Grey Butcherbird (Cracticus torquatus) between songs to the new morning

Little right zippers into the beach at Long Reef

No Mans bomb set

Little and clean line at Surfrider Gardens

A little crew at Northy

Forecast for Saturday until midnight
Winds
Northwesterly 15 to 20 knots turning westerly 15 to 25 knots during the morning.
Seas
Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres offshore.
1st Swell
Southerly around 1 metre.
2nd Swell
Northeasterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 70% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm from late this morning.
Sunday 16 August
Winds
Westerly 15 to 20 knots.
Seas
1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres around midday.
Swell
Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Weather
Mostly sunny.
Monday 17 August
Winds
Westerly 15 to 20 knots.
Seas
1 to 2 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the afternoon or evening.
Swell
Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Weather
Mostly sunny.


Slab shots

Posted on August 11th, 2020 in At large.

Stopped by Surfrider Gardens to see what the swell was doing this morning. There were a few people out chasing some fairly heavy and brief waves. At that particular tide there was a particularly slabby bank working, so slabby that hardly anyone made it over the ledge and into the pit.

Near Surfrider Gardens


Saturday surfin’

Posted on August 1st, 2020 in At large.

Hello Friends,

Beautiful, if chilly morning out there with some fun waves to be had. Swell was focusing near Surfrider Gardens on the Collaroy-Narrabeen stretch and there were lots of folks on it too. But there should be waves most everywhere this morning. The Dee Why to Longy stretch had knots of surfers dotted along the beach from from the life guard hut at Longy to the point. As the pictures show, sets were in the chest to shoulder plus range. Out at sea swell was 1.6 metres at 11 seconds from the east. Wind was out of the west as of 0720 at 6-7 kts. It should stay at about that intensity and direction all day. Tide was high at 0630 and will be back to low a little after noon. We’re going to a high of 19C today and Beachwatch reports the water is currently 17C.
Go well, have fun and mask up when you go into enclosed public spaces. I know it’s not the law (yet) or anything, but you don’t have to be ordered to protect others do you?

Tucked into a little barrel at the point

Kiddies

No Mans

The Pole

Surfrider Gardens

Far north Collaroy


 

Weather Situation
A low pressure system over the Tasman Sea continues to decay as it slowly moves further east. Meanwhile, a ridge of high pressure is pushing across inland New South Wales from the west. Fresh southerly winds will ease by the weekend as the high moves across and becomes established in the Tasman Sea by Sunday.

Forecast for Saturday until midnight
Winds
West to northwesterly about 10 knots becoming northerly in the middle of the day.
Seas
Below 1 metre.
1st Swell
Southeasterly 1.5 metres inshore, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres offshore.
2nd Swell
Easterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Mostly sunny.
Sunday 2 August
Winds
North to northwesterly about 10 knots becoming west to southwesterly around dawn then becoming north to northeasterly in the evening.
Seas
Below 1 metre.
1st Swell
Southeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre around midday.
2nd Swell
Easterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Sunny.
Monday 3 August
Winds
North to northwesterly below 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots during the day.
Seas
Below 1 metre.
Swell
Easterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1.5 metres during the evening.
Weather
Mostly sunny.


Messy, rainy and smaller but not small

Posted on July 28th, 2020 in At large.

Hello Friends,

0900: Swell definitely smaller but set wave faces at South Steyne and the Bower were still head and a bit

Water looked suss but surface conditions were relatively smooth. The low tide was making it crunchy and shuttydowny but that wasn’t deterring folks.

The MHL buoy off Sydney reported 3.8 metres at 10 seconds mainly from the south (168°). Wind was 13-21 kts SSW as of 0730. Tide hits low at 0820 and will be back to high at 1450. Weather should see the showers backing off across the day as we head to a high of 18C. Beaches north from Long Reef were rated as ‘pollution likely’ by Beachwatch yesterday.

Prospects look a little more hopeful for tomorrow and Friday morning as the weather clears up and the swell drops back into the more approachable range. For today, I’d be skipping it.

South Steyne

Queenscliff barrel

South Steyne

Bower set

Weather Situation
A low pressure system off the coast is bringing gale force southerly winds and large, powerful surf along the southern and central parts of the coast. The winds are expected to ease below gale force during the later part of today as the low gradually weakens and moves east, but fresh to strong southerly winds will remain along parts of the coast through to Thursday.

Forecast for Tuesday until midnight
Strong Wind Warning for Tuesday for Sydney Coast
Winds
Southwesterly 20 to 30 knots.
Seas
2 to 3 metres.
1st Swell
Southerly 1.5 to 2.5 metres.
2nd Swell
Easterly 2 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres around midday.
Weather
Cloudy. 90% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm offshore.
Caution
Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.
Wednesday 29 July
Winds
Southwesterly 15 to 25 knots turning southerly 15 to 20 knots in the late afternoon.
Seas
1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1 to 2 metres during the afternoon.
1st Swell
Southerly 1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1.5 metres by early evening.
2nd Swell
Easterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Partly cloudy.
Thursday 30 July
Winds
Southwesterly 10 to 15 knots tending southerly 15 to 20 knots during the afternoon.
Seas
Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore.
1st Swell
Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres.
2nd Swell
Easterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
Weather
Mostly sunny.


Little but rideable

Posted on July 25th, 2020 in At large.

Hello Friends,

The quiet before the storm this morning. Not much change to surf options since yesterday. It looked inconsistent and around knee to maybe waist high at Narrabeen and along the Longy-Dee Why stretch. So a good morning to go for a paddle if you’re a beginner. The clouds and rain are due later, as is the NE sea breeze, so earlier is better if you can manage it. Water is 17C, so not bad in a steamer.

As of 0400, the MHL buoy was showing 1.1 metres at 11.8 sec from 158°. Tide was low at 0545 and will be back to high at noon.

Current outlook is for the swell to gradually start building tomorrow as it heads to a peak in the 3 metre range Tuesday afternoon. Right now the wind looks like being southerly across Sun-Mon but as the swell peaks, it could be a fairly stiff  20+kts from the SW with showery weather. Wednesday is currently predicted to be partly cloudy with swell dropping into the 2 metre range. Could be the go…

Take care, mask up when you go into shared internal spaces and keep washing those hands!

Kiddies set

Lone hunter near the Pole

Surfrider Gardens peak

Good morning Saturday

Weather Situation
A high pressure system lies over the southern Tasman Sea, while a low pressure trough is deepening off the northern New South Wales coast. This trough is forecast to deepen to a low pressure system from late Saturday or early Sunday before heading south. Depending on its position, strong winds and large surf to some coastal areas are possible from the later part of the weekend into early next week.

Forecast for Saturday until midnight
Winds
Northeasterly 10 to 15 knots turning easterly in the late evening.
Seas
Around 1 metre.
Swell
Southerly around 1 metre.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 80% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm from late this morning.
Sunday 26 July
Gale Warning for Sunday for Sydney Coast
Winds
Easterly 15 to 25 knots shifting south to southwesterly 30 to 45 knots in the evening.
Seas
1.5 to 2.5 metres, increasing to 2.5 to 4 metres by early evening.
Swell
Northeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres, tending easterly 2 to 3 metres during the morning.
Weather
Cloudy. Near 100% chance of rain. The chance of a thunderstorm in the morning and afternoon.
Monday 27 July
Winds
Southerly 30 to 40 knots turning southwesterly 30 to 40 knots during the morning.
Seas
3 to 5 metres.
1st Swell
Below 0.5 metres, tending southerly 2 to 4 metres during the morning.
2nd Swell
Easterly 2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1.5 metres during the afternoon or evening.
Weather
Cloudy. 95% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm in the morning.

Forecast for the rest of Saturday

Summary
Max 19
A few showers developing.
Possible rainfall: 4 to 8 mm
Chance of any rain: 80% 

Sydney area

Partly cloudy. Areas of morning fog. High (80%) chance of showers, most likely during this afternoon and evening. The chance of a thunderstorm from late this morning. Light winds becoming northeast to southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h in the evening then becoming light in the late evening.

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

Sunday 26 July

Summary
Min 12
Max 18
Rain. Becoming windy.
Possible rainfall: 40 to 60 mm
Chance of any rain: 100% 

Sydney area

Cloudy. Very high (near 100%) chance of rain. The chance of a thunderstorm in the late morning and afternoon. Winds east to southeasterly 15 to 25 km/h turning south to southwesterly 35 to 55 km/h in the evening.

Sun protection recommended from 11:50 am to 12:10 pm, UV Index predicted to reach 3 [Moderate]

Monday 27 July

Summary
Min 13
Max 18
Showers. Windy.
Possible rainfall: 5 to 10 mm
Chance of any rain: 80% 

Sydney area

Cloudy. High (70%) chance of showers. Winds southwesterly 35 to 55 km/h.

Sun protection recommended from 11:10 am to 12:30 pm, UV Index predicted to reach 3 [Moderate]


Tiny Tuesday

Posted on July 21st, 2020 in At large.

Hello Friends,

The swell may be a bit bigger compared to yesterday, but it was flat as a tack at Collaroy-Narrabeen at 0730 and only marginally bigger around at the better exposed Dee Why to Longy stretch. There were a couple of hopefuls near the lagoon entrance (which is shut following the swell), but it looked pretty junky, weak and sad. Down the beach at Kiddies it looks as though you could get the odd ankle to knee high bump. With luck it’ll come up a bit more during the day and maybe your favourite south magnet will have something to mess around in. I’d say you’d be doing well to find something in the waist high range.

Outlook is for tomorrow to be down a bit from whatever peak we get to swell-wise today. The ECM model is showing the remainder of the work week being small to near flat, while the Wavewatch 3 model is, as usual, a little more hopeful for tomorrow and Thursday morning, but then also predicts tiny after that.  Wavewatch’s long range outlook currently is showing another burst of south energy on Monday-Tuesday. If they’re right, it’ll be very windy from the southerly quarters… so not getting too excited just yet.

For what it’s worth, swell at sea was around 2 metres at 10 seconds from 155° (SSE) and wind was out of the west at 9-10 kts with an air temp of 10C as of 0710. We should have a mostly sunny day with a high of 17C. First tide of the day is a high at 0840.

Have a great day and mask up!

Up and riding at Kiddies 0745

Not really surfable looking at the Lugga

No takers for sideshore Longy

Eroded beachfront and no more waves for now

Micro Collaroy

Weather Situation
A high pressure system over the Bight extends a ridge across New South Wales, while a trough moves away to the east. This high pressure system will remain the dominant feature in the region for the coming days as it gradually drifts east to reach the Tasman Sea by Friday.

Forecast for Tuesday until midnight
Winds
South to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots offshore during the morning
Seas
1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres by early evening.
Swell
Southerly 2.5 to 3 metres.
Weather
Partly cloudy.
Wednesday 22 July
Winds
Southerly 15 to 20 knots becoming variable below 10 knots in the afternoon.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the morning.
Swell
Southerly 2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 2 metres around midday.
Weather
Partly cloudy.
Thursday 23 July
Winds
West to northwesterly below 10 knots becoming easterly during the day.
Seas
Below 0.5 metres.
Swell
Southerly 1.5 metres inshore, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres offshore.
Weather
Partly cloudy.


Late afternoon beach check

Posted on July 19th, 2020 in At large.

Went for a late afternoon bikeride and took the camera along. This morning’s swell has faded, but there were still a few shoulder to head high plus sets in the mix. Looked at Surfrider Gardens to Narrabeen stretch first and found there were still a reasonable number of people in the water, but the sets were less frequent. Still, they looked to be worth waiting for.

Fun size sets still on tap at dusk at Narrabeen

Little cover at Narraberen

Checked Long Reef next and while there were plenty of folk in the water, it was looking smaller and less consistent than Narrabeen.

Looking fun near the lugga…

Wandered down to the Dee Why end as the last rays of sun were doing their thing spotlight style on the waves at the south end. It was a bigger and more consistent than up the beach and, there seems to be something of a bank just north of the club. Saw some fattish but fun looking lefts come through.

Bright section at the point

That’s you in the spotlight…


Still big for the early

Posted on July 18th, 2020 in At large.

Hello Friends,

Still 3-4 metres and 12-13 seconds apart from the SE at daybreak. Tide hit high at 0625 high and will be back to low at noon. Wind early was out of the NW at 5-6 kts. Surface conditions were relatively smooth along the Narrabeen stretch and swell was focusing at several points. It looked to be in the 2x overhead range and the only people in the water at daybreak were a couple of tow teams near Surfrider Gardens. Around the corner along the Dee Why to Longy stretch, the only surfers I saw were at the point chasing what looked to be 1.5x overhead sets. Surface conditions weren’t as clean as Narrabeen, but it was definitely surfable if you were fit and keen.

I’m planning to get out with the camera later this morning, so I’ll post snaps if I get anything worth sharing.

Not a morning for beginners or even many intermediates. Maybe wait a day or so…

Tiny rider towing near Surfrider Gardens at daybreak

A bit too lumpy to attract any takers at Dee Why beach as of 0700

Solid sets at Dee Why

Tow-in

Weather Situation
A ridge of high pressure is developing over southeast Australia today, while a low over the northern Tasman Sea continues to bring a large swell to the New South Wales coast. Winds are forecast to increase on Sunday ahead of a cold front, which will deliver a vigorous southwesterly change early Monday. Behind this, a new high is expected to drift across from the west, and should remain the dominant feature in the region for the remainder of the week.

Forecast for Saturday until midnight

Winds
Southerly 10 to 15 knots becoming variable about 10 knots in the middle of the day.
Seas
Around 1 metre.
Swell
Southeasterly 2 to 3 metres.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers, mainly offshore.
Caution
Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.
Sunday 19 July
Winds
North to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots tending west to northwesterly during the morning, reaching 20 knots offshore in the evening.
Seas
Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore during the morning.
Swell
Southeasterly 1.5 to 2 metres.
Weather
Mostly sunny.
Monday 20 July
Winds
Westerly 15 to 20 knots turning west to southwesterly during the morning, becoming southwesterly in the afternoon.
Seas
1 to 2 metres.
1st Swell
Southeasterly 1 to 2 metres.
2nd Swell
Easterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Sunny.


Friday evening snaps

Posted on July 17th, 2020 in At large.

Hello Friends,
Went out for a ride late afternoon on Friday…

The Kick at Collaroy

Just north of the pipe at Collaroy

Near Collaroy

Collaroy shorey

Bummer. Collaroy.

Narrabeen too big for paddleouts

Weird bombie south Narrabeen

Going in to pick up the rider at Narrabeen

Narrabeen cavern

Narrabeen