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A little smaller but still a few waves around this morning

Posted on February 22nd, 2018 in Dee Why.

Crew at the point as of 0710

A few hopefuls looking around at No Mans

Hello Friends,

Swell’s cogged down a notch overnight. As of 0400 it was 1.7 m at 10 sec from 156 degrees. At 0720 wind was 3 kts out of the WNW at North Head. Tide was low at 0740 and will be back to a 1.4 m high at 1340. There was a small crowd at Dee Why point when I grabbed the snaps a little after 0700. Waves looked to be in the waist to chest plus range and surface conditions were smooth. Lines were showing up the beach toward No Mans as well. Given the swell direction, I’d say there should be waves pretty much everywhere they were yesterday. Ocean is a cozy 24oC.

The Goat will be along later with his prognostications of a surfing sort. From my reading of this morning’s swell models the average period looks like dropping into the gutless sub-10 sec range over the weekend, but may come back up a little next week…

Have yourself a top old Thursday everyone and keep on smilin’!

Weather Situation

A high pressure system over the southwest Tasman Sea extends a ridge to the north, resulting in generally east to northeasterly winds along the New South Wales coast. Winds are expected to shift more northerly at the end of the week as the high drifts further east and a cold front approaches from the southwest. This front will bring a southerly change to the southern coast later Saturday, extending through to the north on Sunday.

Forecast for Thursday until midnight

Winds
Northeasterly 10 to 15 knots.
Seas
Around 1 metre.
Swell
South to southeasterly 1.5 to 2 metres.
Weather
Partly cloudy.

Friday 23 February

Winds
Northeasterly 15 to 20 knots, reaching 25 knots offshore in the evening.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres.
1st Swell
Southeasterly 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre in the afternoon.
2nd Swell
Northeasterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres by evening.
Weather
Partly cloudy.

Saturday 24 February

Winds
North to northeasterly 15 to 25 knots.
Seas
1.5 to 2 metres.
Swell
Northeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Weather
Partly cloudy.

A few lumpy bumps around this morning

Posted on February 21st, 2018 in Dee Why.

Small but definitely rideable at 0715

Possibilities up the beach toward No Mans

Another set at the point

Hello Friends,

Waves were in the waist to chest high range at the point and along the Dee Why end of the beach this morning at around 0715. Surface conditions were sort of choppy and lumpy but wind was light westerly for the early but it should gradually swing around to the east-SE but not get too strong. Plus the swell should continue at more or less the same level. Next tide is a 1.5 m high at 1240 and weather should stay partly cloudy all day. Ocean is 24oC.
Outlook is for energy levels to fade back into the marginal range over the next 24 hours.
So get in if you can and however it plays out, have a great day one and all!

Weather Situation

A slow-moving high pressure system over the southwestern Tasman Sea with a ridge to the north/northwest is directing southeast to northeasterly winds along the New South Wales coast.

Forecast for Wednesday until midnight

Winds
East to southeasterly about 10 knots.
Seas
Below 1 metre.
1st Swell
Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres.
2nd Swell
Easterly 1.5 metres, tending southeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning, then tending east to southeasterly around 1 metre by early evening.
Weather
Cloudy.

Thursday 22 February

Winds
Northeasterly about 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots in the evening.
Seas
Below 1 metre.
1st Swell
South to southeasterly 1.5 metres, increasing to 1 to 2 metres around midday.
2nd Swell
East to northeasterly around 1 metre, tending southeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning, then tending easterly below 1 metre during the afternoon.
Weather
Cloudy.

Friday 23 February

Winds
North to northeasterly 15 to 25 knots.
Seas
1 to 2 metres.
Swell
Southeasterly 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
Weather
Partly cloudy.

Swell continues on Monday

Posted on February 19th, 2018 in Dee Why.

Small waves at the point 0700

Little lines at No Mans

Hello Friends,
After peaking late yesterday evening at around the 2 metre mark out at sea, this morning sees it dropping back to 1.7 m at 12 sec from the south and NE. Surface conditions were relatively smooth early thanks to a light easterly breeze. It should go SE later and pick up into the 10-15 kts by noon. Tide was low at 0500 and is coming into a 1.67 m high at 1125.

There were three or four people in the water at the point when I grabbed the snaps. It looked to be in the waist high range with the odd chest-ish sets. But the NE component of the swell was quite episodic yesterday so I imagine it’s the same today and in fact the Bureau has posted a warning for large and powerful surf conditions. If you’re a beginner, you really need to watch the conditions for awhile before diving in at a magnet spot.

The latest modelling from the Bureau shows the NE swell building across the next 24 hours. Unfortunately the wind is going to pick up from the SE this afternoon and by tomorrow morning it’ll be belting along at 20-25 kts. So not the best outlook for surfin’. And it could be Thursday before the wind starts to relent.

Go well with you adventures today and yep, I’m likely to post a few more pics later, so maybe check back from time to time.

Weather Situation

A high pressure system is centred south of the Bight, while a broad area of low pressure lies over inland New South Wales. Tropical Cyclone Gita lies over the northern central Tasman Sea. The high is expected to move to the south of Tasmania today and to the southern Tasman Sea on Tuesday. The cyclone is expected to pass to the east of Lord Howe Island today then to turn southeast towards New Zealand. Between the two systems a fresh to strong southeasterly airstream will develop on the New South Wales coast today then should gradually ease over the following days.

Forecast for Monday until midnight

Strong Wind Warning for Monday for Sydney Coast

Winds
Easterly about 10 knots tending southeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the middle of the day then increasing to 15 to 25 knots in the late afternoon. Winds reaching up to 30 knots in the late evening.
Seas
Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon.
Swell
Northeasterly 2 to 2.5 metres.
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.

Tuesday 20 February

Strong Wind Warning for Tuesday for Sydney Coast

Winds
Southeasterly 20 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots early in the morning.
Seas
1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1.5 metres during the afternoon.
1st Swell
Easterly 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the morning.
2nd Swell
Southerly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the morning.
Weather
Cloudy. 70% 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.

Wednesday 21 February

Winds
Southerly 10 to 15 knots turning east to southeasterly during the morning.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the morning.
1st Swell
Southeasterly 2 to 2.5 metres.
2nd Swell
Southerly around 1 metre inshore, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore.
Weather
Cloudy.

Dee Why junky but bigger than it’s been

Posted on February 15th, 2018 in Dee Why.

Stopped by Dee Why around 1015 and grabbed the pics below. SSE wind is light but it was starting to really mess things up. I’m waiting for the tide to drop, but am wondering if it’ll be worth it by then.

Working a little DY shorey 1015

Lines up the beach

Lines at the point

The crew on it near Kiddies

Just up the beach from DY SLSC 1015

Rideable lumps at the point every now and then


Dee Why not so hot either

Posted on February 14th, 2018 in Dee Why.

Slightly more activity at Dee Why than at Curly, but only very slightly. The surf school was in full swing up at Longy while down at the south end there were a few bods hanging out hopefully for the odd knee high dribbler. As with everywhere else, the surf options were about as limited as they could get.


Seaweed piling up near the storm water drain at Dee Why

Surf school in session

Up and riding – briefly

Reader and surfers


Doing the rounds on a tiny morning

Posted on February 13th, 2018 in Dee Why.

Another vain attempt to get into a Curly burger at 0900.

 

After a long wait, someone finally gets a take off at Curly.

 

Student surfer working on her form on a killer set at Dee Why around 0910.

 

Two optimists.

 

0915 and as the flags go up, the onshore is starting to kick in.

 

Hello Friends,

Not much to add to my earlier report from Manly this morning. Curl Curl was, if anything, smaller than Manly, while Dee Why was a tiny bit bigger than either. Surface conditions were just beginning to chop up with the arrival of the east wind and the swell was struggling to make the knee high mark on the catchable ones. Plus the lulls were really long for what is basically wind chop. So, if you have to miss it today, I’d be unconcerned.

Cyclone Gita has been doing some serious damage to our Pacific island neighbours over the last 24 hours and it looks like intensifying as it moves westward. Tonga and American Samoa have been hit hard. Latest reports say winds were hitting 260 kph in Tonga and as of midnight the call was for it to be at Category 5 intensity by the time it gets to Fijiian waters. The latest predictions show it arcing toward the south as it enters the Tasman between here and NZ. And that should mean all the forecast models’ predictions for solid to big east swell are likely right.

We could potentially see the forerunners Thursday afternoon, with the swell filling in overnight and becoming obvious at east exposures Friday. Right now it seems we could have overhead to 2x overhead conditions from late Friday through to midweek. And the wind call doesn’t look too bad for the mornings either – light onshores basically.

Could be interesting…

Weather Situation

A weak trough lies about the Illawarra coast, and another along the north coast. These troughs will dissipate later today, with generally northerly winds becoming established by Wednesday morning as a cold front approaches from the west. This front will bring a southerly change to the south coast later Wednesday and the north coast during Thursday.

Forecast for Tuesday until midnight

Winds
Easterly about 10 knots increasing to 15 to 20 knots in the morning.
Seas
Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore around midday.
1st Swell
Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre around midday.
2nd Swell
Easterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 60% chance of showers in the morning and early afternoon.

Wednesday 14 February

Winds
Northeasterly 10 to 15 knots becoming variable about 10 knots in the morning then becoming east to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the late afternoon.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the morning.
Swell
Southerly below 1 metre.
Weather
Sunny.

Thursday 15 February

Winds
Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots turning northeasterly 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon.
Seas
Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
1st Swell
Southerly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the morning.
2nd Swell
Easterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Partly cloudy

Busy and really small at Dee Why

Posted on February 12th, 2018 in Dee Why, Surf Reports.

Final stop on the surf checkout run is at dy. Grabbed a few snaps of the low energy conditions around 0930. Lots of folk in the water out in front of the slsc where a weak little peak was producing knee to waist high bumps. NE breeze already beginning to pick up under hazy partly cloudy skies.

A keen crew chasing the bumps

Up and riding at the point

Wayno and a student on their own at the point

Excitement up at Longy

Riders compete for a lump at dy 0930


Sunday clean but tiny early

Posted on February 11th, 2018 in Dee Why.

Slight line attracts a few hopefuls at 0800.

 

The point not doing it, but shories a possibility at 0800.

Hello Friends,

A light but steady NW breeze was blowing through the rigging as your correspondent climbed aloft for a look at the conditions just before 0800. Skies were mostly cloudy and the ocean surface had that nice groomed look from the light offshore. The Bureau tells us that we can expect a strongish 20-30 kt south change around midday. As of 0500 the MHL buoy was detecting a combination of NE and SE swell, with the latter being the dominant component thanks to an 11s period and 1.2 m height.

As the pictures show, there wasn’t a great deal going on at Dee Why. It was too small for the point and the beach looked to be inconsistently in the knee to maybe waist range.  Tide was a 1.5 m high at 0615, so there was also a fatness factor. By the time the low arrives at 1300, the wind should be well and truly around to the southerly quarters.

The change isn’t expected to bring much in the way of a south pulse. The MHL model reckons average period will be around  7 sec from the south and the Bureau shows maximum heights around the 2 metre mark at the (brief) peak. The Bureau and the other modellers are generally predicting a small to marginal week surfwise.

The big system north of NZ that started showing up on long range models a few days ago, is still there this morning and right now the more hopeful predictions show it throwing the first long period (16-18s!) easterly forerunners at us late Thursday-early Friday.

If this thing plays out the way the models are currently showing, we could have overhead to 2x overhead (briefly) conditions from Friday through to the front half of next week at east magnets. Wind could be okay for the early sessions but it’ll probably be messy across the afternoons.

Anyway, always fun to have a big swell event on the cards, so in the meantime, have yourself a top old day!

Weather Situation

A cold front over Bass Strait will move north along the New South Wales coast today, bringing a fresh to strong southerly change. The front will reach the far north coast Monday morning. On Tuesday a ridge of high pressure will move into the Tasman Sea, bringing a return to north to northeast winds along the coast.

Forecast for Sunday until midnight

Strong Wind Warning for Sunday for Sydney Coast

Winds
North to northwesterly 15 to 20 knots shifting southerly 20 to 30 knots in the middle of the day.
Seas
Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning, then increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres around midday.
Swell
Easterly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre by early evening.
Weather
Partly cloudy.

Monday 12 February

Winds
South to southeasterly about 10 knots tending easterly 10 to 15 knots in the late afternoon.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning.
1st Swell
Southerly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
2nd Swell
Easterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Partly cloudy.

Tuesday 13 February

Winds
Easterly 10 to 15 knots tending northeasterly during the evening.
Seas
Around 1 metre.
1st Swell
Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the afternoon or evening.
2nd Swell
Easterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Partly cloudy.

Barely a bump on Saturday morning

Posted on February 10th, 2018 in Dee Why.

Slow lines at south Narra, 0630.

 

The Northy crew extracting energy at 0630.

 

Only a hint of a line at Dee Why, 0640.

 

Gliding slowly along on what passed for a set at No Mans this morning.

 

Light showers offshore at 0645.

Hello Friends,

As expected there was only a slight bump to play with this morning. The biggest waves I saw at focal points this morning were in the knee to waist high range – and very weak and slow looking. Early morning skies were very cloudy, but it wasn’t quite ready to shower. Wind was lightly out of the southern quarters but as the day warms up, it’ll come around to the NE and come up into the 10-15 kt range by lunchtime. Tide was a 1.46 m high at 0520 and is now dropping to the low at 1205. Should be a warm one too, with a high of 29 on the coast and water sitting on 23oC.

Swell was coming from the east and the latest MHL data was showing a metre of 6-sec east wind bump out at sea. That’s in line with the Bureau’s predictions – and most of the swell models.

Speaking of the models, the outlook for the front half of the coming week is shaping to be small and marginal but not zippo flat. The end of the week on the other hand is looking interesting as there seems to be a good chance of a solid east swell event – long period 2-3 metre energy if the predictions are right.

Have a great Saturday everybody!

Weather Situation

A slow-moving high pressure system near New Zealand with a ridge to the northwest is directing north to northeasterly winds along the New South Wales coast, and a southerly change associated with a cold front crossing the southern Tasman Sea is expected to move up the coast during Sunday.

Forecast for Saturday until midnight

Winds
Variable about 10 knots becoming northeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the early afternoon. Winds reaching up to 20 knots in the late evening.
Seas
Below 1 metre.
Swell
Easterly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Weather
Partly cloudy.

Sunday 11 February

Winds
Northerly 15 to 20 knots shifting southerly 15 to 25 knots in the middle of the day.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the afternoon.
Swell
Easterly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Weather
Partly cloudy. The chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon and early evening.

Monday 12 February

Winds
South to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots tending east to southeasterly 15 to 20 knots during the afternoon.
Seas
1 to 2 metres.
1st Swell
Southerly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
2nd Swell
Easterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Partly cloudy.

Looking pretty tiny at Dee Why this morning

Posted on February 9th, 2018 in Dee Why.

Early morning sunshine reveals a tiny Dee Why.

 

No sign of a line at No Mans 0650.

 

Swimmers wading out at 0650.

Hello Friends,

Nothing much showing in the corner at Dee Why or, up the beach as of 0650 this morning. Wind early was coming from the NW at only 2-3 kts. The ocean looked a little ruffled, but nothing you’d mind if there was swell – which there isn’t at Dee Why. At 0400 the MHL buoy was detecting 1.3 m of 6-second SE wind bump. Magnet spots might be in the ankle to knee range, but most places will be smaller than that.

We had a 1.4 m high at 0420, so the early session was fat as well as really tiny. By 1100 when we’re back to low, the wind should be kicking in from the NE. So, not the most exciting outlook.

Speaking of outlook, the Goat dropped his assessment of the coming surf week last night, and as always I commend it to you!

Have a great Friday everyone.

Weather Situation

A slow-moving high pressure system near New Zealand with a ridge to the northwest is directing north to northeasterly winds along the New South Wales coast, while a cold front will bring a weak and brief southerly change along the southern and central coast today. Another, stronger southerly change is expected to move up the coast during Sunday.

Forecast for Friday until midnight

Winds
North to northeasterly 15 to 20 knots, shifting south to southeasterly in the afternoon.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre by early evening.
1st Swell
Southerly around 1 metre.
2nd Swell
East to northeasterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Mostly sunny morning. The chance of a thunderstorm late this afternoon and evening.

Saturday 10 February

Winds
Variable about 10 knots becoming northeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the afternoon.
Seas
Below 1 metre.
1st Swell
Easterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres around midday.
2nd Swell
Southerly around 1 metre.
Weather
Sunny.

Sunday 11 February

Winds
Northerly 15 to 20 knots shifting southerly 20 to 30 knots during the morning.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the afternoon.
Swell
Easterly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Weather
Partly cloudy. The chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon

 

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