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Hints of things to come?

Posted on February 15th, 2018 in Manly.

Hello Friends,

Stopped by Manly a little after 0900. Tide was pretty fat and full, the SE wind was bumping it up, but as I sit here typing it’s wandered around to the SW – and the swell is definitely bigger than it’s been over the last few days. I’d call it knee to waist right now at Queensie. Will be interesting to see what I find at Curly and Dee Why, but based on what I’ve seen here, I’m prepared to call it just starting to pick up…

Setting it up

Mid-Steyne cutty

Unsurfable at the Bower, but maybe later??

Beach walkers

South Steyne scene

Busting one

Weather Situation

A southerly change associated with a cold front is moving along the New South Wales north coast and weakening. Winds will briefly turn northerly later on Thursday ahead of another southerly change developing on the south coast overnight and moving up the coast during Friday.

Forecast for Thursday until midnight

Winds
Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots shifting north to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the late morning and afternoon.
Seas
1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre in the morning.
Swell
Southerly 1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon.
Weather
Partly cloudy.

Friday 16 February

Winds
Northerly 15 to 20 knots becoming variable about 10 knots before dawn then becoming south to southeasterly 15 to 20 knots in the morning. Winds reaching up to 25 knots offshore in the evening.
Seas
1 to 2 metres.
Swell
Northeast to southeasterly below 1 metre, tending east to northeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning, then tending easterly 1 to 1.5 metres around midday.
Weather
Mostly sunny. The chance of a thunderstorm offshore.

Saturday 17 February

Winds
Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots turning easterly 10 to 15 knots during the morning.
Seas
1 to 2 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the morning.
1st Swell
Easterly 1.5 metres, increasing to 2 metres during the morning.
2nd Swell
Southerly around 1 metre inshore, increasing to 1.5 metres offshore during the evening.
Weather
Partly cloudy. The chance of a thunderstorm in the morning.

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


Curly no go

Posted on February 14th, 2018 in Curl Curl.

One person in the water at Curly as of 0900ish. Not really catchable.

One person in the water… and he gave up shortly after this was taken…

Chilling between fishing efforts


Manly minor mumbles

Posted on February 14th, 2018 in Manly.

Tide was near the 0825 1.68 m high when I grabbed the snaps from Manly this morning. It was fat and full, but given how tiny it was, I’m not sure tide was the biggest issue. Waves were weak and struggling to make thigh high on the biggest ones. Plus, it was inconsistent and there were only three or four peaks along the beach. Nice and warm though!
On to Curly and Dee Why for a look…

Scoping the surf options at Manly

Massive set wave this morning at Manly

Queenscliff logging action

Weather Situation

Winds will tend northerly along most of the coast today ahead of a a cold front approaching from the southwest. This front is forecast to bring a strong southerly change to southern waters later today, with the change weakening during Thursday as it moves up the north coast. Winds will then briefly turn northerly again ahead of the next southerly change expected on Friday.

Forecast for Wednesday until midnight

Strong Wind Warning for Wednesday for Sydney Coast

Winds
Northeasterly 10 to 15 knots turning north to northwesterly below 10 knots in the evening, ahead of a gusty southerly change 20 to 30 knots in the late evening.
Seas
Around 1 metre.
Swell
Easterly below 1 metre.
Weather
Cloud clearing.

Thursday 15 February

Strong Wind Warning for Thursday for Sydney Coast

Winds
Southerly 20 to 30 knots tending south to southeasterly 15 to 20 knots before dawn and becoming variable below 10 knots in the late morning. Winds becoming northeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the afternoon.
Seas
1 to 2 metres, decreasing below 0.5 metres during the morning, then increasing to around 1 metre by early evening.
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.

Friday 16 February

Winds
South to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots tending south to southeasterly 15 to 20 knots during the day.
Seas
Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the afternoon.
Swell
Easterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1.5 metres during the morning.
Weather
Partly cloudy.

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

Manly minor on Tuesday morning

Posted on February 13th, 2018 in Manly, Surf Reports.

Very quiet surf morning with only a comparative few in the water at Manly. Average catchable wave looks to be in the knee high range and very weak. Ocean kinda choppy looking too.

Well at least the water’s warm


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


Curly ruffled and tiny

Posted on February 12th, 2018 in Curl Curl, Surf Reports.

Half a dozen in the water at the south end of Curly and 3 or 4 up at the north end. Sets are struggling to make the waist mark on sets. And those are very infrequent.

Soft and infrequently catchable at south curly around 0900

Moment of energy at north Curly


Glassy little waves at Manly

Posted on February 12th, 2018 in Manly, Surf Reports.

School’s back and that means the occasional run to Manly. It was glassy with soft little knee to waist plus waves at a couple of points along the generally tiny conditions.

South Steyne peak keeping them amused

The usual crew at Queenscliff getting the biggest ones on the beach at 0830

Angling across a glassy little wall at south steyne


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.

 

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