Archive for May, 2007

May 31 2007

31 May 2007: Byron Bay smallness

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Hello Friends,

Yep, it’s pretty bad up in Byron too. We just checked the pass and the Wreck (didn’t bother with Tallow because of the wind direction), and I can report that it is extremely small to just about flat. Maybe a dozen or so optimists out at the Pass where every 15 mins or so a knee to waist high bomb rolls through. The Wreck was similar, but cleaner and not bumpy.

Skies up this way are grey and sullen, not the picture of the last couple days. So, we’re pointing our noses south very shortly. If we come across anything even mildly interesting, I’ll file an update – after all, we’ve got 10 hours in the car ahead of us, so there’ll be plenty of time to laboriously key a report into my phone!

I’ve posted a short little vid for you from yesterday at Lennox. Sadly my camera battery died after we’d only been in the water for an hour, so I never did get any shots of the bigger ones. Definitely the highlight of the trip that sesh.

Go well and get up to some good where you can!

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May 29 2007

Tuesday, it must be Byron Bay

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Hello Friends,

Went for a surf this morning at the Pass in Byron. Very small, but very fun with a mal. Folks at the top of the point were getting the odd chest high set wave, but they tended to peter out by the time they reached that last rock on the inside. PB figured out that if we went down more towards Johnsons, we could catch these tiny little lumps (knee high on the takeoff) that would then stand up to about waist high as they rifled along the edge of a very long bank. I was just hanging out on the front 1/3 of my board on most of them. Short boards were not happening at all under the conditions.

We had a look earlier at the open beaches south from Tallow (near where we’re staying). But the quality was strictly ordinary and no one was in the water. Kinda fat little waist high lumps flopping listlessly over. Very photogenic sky though.

From the look of the charts, the abject flatness of Sydney seems likely to last until the weekend when, wonder of wonders, there appears to be general agreement amongst the models that we will get a pulse of south swell. On current reckoning, it should start to fill into the Sydney region from about Saturday am and last through close of play on Sunday night. Monday looks set to return to small and weak conditions. By that stage, the swell will have marched up the coast and be lighting up the likes of Crescent, Anga, Lennox, etc with some nice fat wintry lines.

Have yourself a good one, and go well!

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May 26 2007

Saturday 26 May 2007

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good day to practise with the rubber ducky
Hello Friends,

Be strong east coast surfers. Huey will return. I know it doesn’t look that way at the moment, particularly here in Sydney, but this miserable flat spell too will pass into history.

Today’s outlook for our region is light NE-NW wind of 5-10 kts with a SE swell at sea of less than a metre at about 8 seconds apart. From the look of the realtime data from MHL, these conditions prevail from east of Philip Island around to the sunshine coast.

The forecast models are uniformly pessimistic about our chances of an improvement any time soon. Right now they’re calling for short period, very small conditions through Weds. The long range models are calling for a little south swell to materialise early Thursday – but for it to fade back to flat by Friday evening.

Have yourself a top old day anyway, go for a walk, get in for a paddle, and enjoy it all for what it is.

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May 25 2007

Saturday outlook for 2BL

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Don says that Saturday will be a day to feel the flatness along Sydney’s beaches. NSW promises to be flat from stem to stern today so enjoy the weekend show and when 725 rolls around, Don will trot out his prognostications for the surf week ahead…

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May 18 2007

Saturday outlook…

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Don says there were a few waves around late Friday, but he thinks the prospects for a wave this morning are modest – but not hopeless. He says he’s keeping his fingers crossed for a bit of waist high east swell with the very, very occasional chest high set at exposed spots, but all will be revealed at 0725…

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May 14 2007

Foggy surf report

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Hello Friends,

As I write this, the fog is too dense along the northern beaches for me to see anything. Bureau says it’ll lift around 0900. Fog or no fog, I can tell you that the MHL buoy is showing an average of about a metre of east swell at around the 10 sec mark. That’s pretty close to what we had at the close of play yesterday, so if you found something then, I’d head back there again today. Dee Why was pretty unexceptional yesterday, but there were little ones around for the keen.

Outlook for the rest of the day seems to be for the swell to gradually weaken and be smaller still tomorrow, with Weds looking pretty dire for the entire east coast. At least one of the models is showing some long period south swell hitting the Sydney region around late Thursday. Right now it appears that it’ll be just a short pulse, but if it goes according to the predictions, Friday morning could be pretty interesting.

Go well with your day!

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May 12 2007

Manly Saturday morning

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Tide was too low, so hardly any of ’em were makeable, but it was fun to be in the water!

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May 12 2007

Saturday, 12 May 2007

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Hello Friends,

Surf situation this morning looks pretty similar to yesterday evening, and that’s a good thing. Swell is out of the SE at close to 10 sec apart and ranging in size from 1.5 to 3 metres at sea. If you’re in the water at a spot with a liking for SE swell, that means sets into the head high range on the bigger ones. It’s not all that consistent, so patience will be the watchword. The plan is to go as soon as the schedule permits because it looks as though the swell will run out of puff by dark and while we should still have a little something at exposed spots tomorrow morning, on current indications it doesn’t look like it will be as big as it is now.

Dee Why has the odd head high set at the point and along the beach, but mostly it’s long waits punctuated by waist high diversions – and crowded with it. Beach breaks will be a challenge as the banks haven’t been too wonderful of late. Again, look for some exposure to the SE for the biggest options.

Wind is set to be SW and light this morning and going around to the NE this afternoon. Low tide’s around mid morning.

Go forth and enjoy!

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May 11 2007

Friday night forecast

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After a run of pretty ordinary weekends for surfing, Don’s feeling quite a bit brighter about Saturday’s outlook. Last night, he said, Sydney had 1.5-3.5 metres of 10 sec period se swell. Put another way… it was really fun at many Sydney beaches! Some spots saw the odd head-high set yesterday evening – and this morning should see the same – or better – for Sydney surfers. Don will give us the latest beach and surf conditions at 725.

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May 11 2007

11 May 07: little activity showing at DY

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Hello Friends,

Big excitement in Sydney. Sunny skies, not much wind and best of all… a little SE windswell pulse showing. It’s not big, but there are some chest high sets at Dee Why (although it looks mainly to be smaller than that). Wind is set to be light and out of the eastern quarters. Swell is averaging around 1.5 metres at 9 seconds. There are a few sets out at sea in the 2.5 metre/10 sec range and the general outlook remains for the swell to build a little today across much of the east coast.

The wind becomes more of a factor the further north you go along the coast from Sydney, with the far north coast looking at 15-20 kts of SE’ly for later today.

Have yourself a great day and get amongst it if you can!

little one at the point

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