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Jun 30 2007

Dee Why point as good as it gets

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28 June 2007 and Dee Why point was firing. We’d had great swell all month, but this was something out of the box. Plenty of people in the water, but it was incredibly consistent. I spent about two hours in the water, during which time I captured close to half an hour of clips. These are the highlights.

The video was made with a Canon PowerShot S1 IS in a water housing. The moody soundtrack comes from Dave Kowalski. Editing is all my fault.

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Jun 30 2007

Still a few left…

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Nice looking at Dee Why beach this morning.

Hello Friends,

Energy levels have definitely gone down, but it’s not flat, so there should be some fun performance surf for the Snowy McAlister contest at Manly. My guess is they’ll be up the north end of the beach though, because the swell is south at around 9-10 seconds and 2-3 metres at sea.

Dee Why, like everywhere else, is distinctly smaller this morning. Only a few bods in the water at the point when I looked at around 0700. There’s more activity up the beach where it’s more exposed to the primary swell direction. It’s ranging from waist to chest high for the most part, but there are a few sneaker sets around the place, so it’s not beyond the realms of the possible that you could find yourself dropping into something around the head high mark.

Wind as I write this is WNW at around 5-10 kts, but the Bureau says this will push up to 20-30 kts out of the SW as the day goes along.

Outlook is for the swell energy to gradually decline through Sunday but with luck to not go quite flat. At least one of the models is showing a brief east pulse on Monday, but right now it doesn’t look like being too spectacular. However, Tuesday through Thursday are looking pretty ordinary. Could be the first flat spell we’ve had in a month.

Enjoy your day and go well!

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Jun 29 2007

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Hello Friends,

Swell angle has swung to the south overnight but it’s bigger out at sea. Yesterday it was averaging around 2 metres at 12 sec, but now it’s 4 metres at 11 sec. The direction change has seen the average size at Dee Why drop distinctly from yesterday. Plus, we have stronger winds (around 20 kts out of the west).

Size at the point is averaging around shoulder head high with a few bombs in the mix that are approaching twice that. Surface conditions are not looking as clean as yesterday when I was swimming about out there with my camera shooting video for your eventual entertainment.

I was up late trying to finish the aforesaid highlights reel for you, but I kinda flamed out near midnight. The rough cut is around the 8-9 minute mark because there were so many “keepers” – particularly of the charging bodyboarders at first rock.

From the look of the long range forecasts, I should have time to catch up on video editing next week. The models seem to agree that we’ll have small to tiny conditions next week. Looks like Huey’s put all his effort into the most extraordinary June I can remember.

Swell should fade through the day, but I reckon we’ll still have surfable stuff through the weekend.

Go well and have yourself a top old day!

(below from my upcoming video about yesterday at Dee Why point)
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Jun 28 2007

Pumping Again!

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that’d be DY point

Hello Friends,

It continues to pump. Swell has backed off a little from yesterday afternoon’s insanity, but those bomb sets are still looking pretty impressive. Dee Why is head high on the average ones and getting close to double overhead on the bombs, ie wave faces measure anywhere from 6-12 feet at a spot like Dee Why. More exposed locations (anyone for a splash at Solander?) should be doing more than that on the biggest ones.

As I write this, the wind is a brisk 10-12 kts from the WNW. However, the Bureau has hoisted the gale pennant for the Sydney region. The call is for it to go to 25-33 kts from the WNW and by evening to have picked up a bit more but be coming from the SW. They’re calling the swell 4 metres from the ESE.

I guess the takeaway pretty obviously is to get in early to avoid the inevitable firehose in the face takeoffs folks were dealing with yesterday.

Does it have to be said that this is not a day for beginners?

We’re going to a max of about 15 on the coast today and from the look of the weather radar and the forecasts, that’s about it for the showers.

Go forth and enjoy. I’ll try to update later if I come across anything interesting… 😉

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Jun 27 2007

What? More waves??

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Hello Friends,

Huey is going for it this morning along Sydney’s beaches. Overnight, he punched the “go” button hard and this morning there are some double to triple overhead bombs smashing into Dee Why. Mostly it’s smaller than that, but I don’t think there’d be any complaints from the crew who got into it for the early. The MHL buoy showed some 16 sec spikes amongst the 3 metre 12 sec average stuff! I don’t think they’ll be messing with the Pasha Bulker today… Gotta run, but I will definitely be back with an update. For now though, it is absolutely pumping from the east with offshore winds.

1000: Been out and about for a look see. Very setty swell at the moment. You’ll be looking at some place, eg south Narrabeen, and thinking ‘big but not stupid big…’ then Huey will sling in another batch of 16 sec set waves and any thoughts you had about paddling out disappear. The surface conditions range from junky and messy at places with a lot of exposure to the stiff 10-20 kt NW wind, to relatively clean and nicely brushed at spots like the beachy immediately north of DY lagoon entrance.

The swell isn’t really lighting up the Longy bombies, but it definitely has a fair amount of size (see my pics from earlier at DY point) and, from the look of the weather reports and buoy data from down the coast, it’s likely to push up still more. It’s 5-8 metres at Eden right now and I’d say it’s pretty likely that will push up our way over the next day or so. The computer models are calling for the pulse to peak tomorrow afternoon or thereabouts. Thereafter surfable energy should decrease, but not go away and last through about Sunday – at least.

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Jun 26 2007

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Hello Friends,

Back to rainy and windy for the beaches of Sydney this morning – and a lot of other places too. Swell has, as expected, gone pear shaped. It’s 2-3 metres out on the bounding main, but the period is only 6 seconds, so surf quality is unlikely to be stellar anywhere in our region. I had a look at Long Reef because it’s out of the wind, but while there are waves, you’d want to be very keen given the cool temps, intermittent rain and generally weak and junky conditions.

But, as all you weather watchers will know, things are a-brewing in the Tasman as East Coast Low number four starts to spin up. Here’s the Bureau’s marine forecast summary: “Complex low to develop off NSW coast today, intensify tonight and move towards south coast. Deep, complex low to lie near NSW southern coast Wednesday and Thursday, then move slowly to southeast.”

The swell models are still showing the east south east energy pulsing up to a peak tomorrow. It should be biggest then, but it’ll be WNW 25-33 kts with it, so although the swell direction is likely to be out of the SSE to SE, you’ll be hunting for some protection I would’ve thought. The showers will still be around, but for Sydney anyway, they shouldn’t be too much of a factor.

Gotta jam, will try to grab a picture or two for you soon…

Go well with your day!

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Jun 25 2007

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Hello Friends,

Pretty gloomy and grey when I clambered up to grab a snap for this morning’s report, but I can report there are still small waves about. Swell is 2-4 metres at around 10 seconds from the SSE out at sea, so that means the odd head high plus bomb is still turning up at Dee Why. I’d expect it to be generally bigger up the north end of the beach at Longy. However, surf conditions there haven’t been too great lately though.

Bureau says that we’re in for increasing NE winds through the day. As I write this around 0745, there’s not much going on, but the forecast is calling for 15-20 kts inshore by this afternoon.

Swell energy levels look to be on the decline and the models are currently showing tomorrow and Wednesday getting pretty small, before another pulse develops from the ESE (ooo, nice!) around Thursday and through Friday.

I still have a fair amount of video backlog to work through, but yesterday I managed to get the highlights reel from Dee Why on Saturday taken care of. You’ll find it over in the news section as usual. Enjoy!

Go well with your day!

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Jun 24 2007

VIDEO: 23 June 2007, Dee Why point gets big

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23jun07dypbignicesection.jpgGot real big at Dee Why point, so I swam out to catch a little of the action with my trusty Canon S1 IS in its housing…

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Jun 24 2007

Start your bulldozers everybody!

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What would it be like if everyone had their own personal bulldozer that they could use anywhere they pleased in the national forests?

Well, I’m coming to think that generating CO2 is much like operating your own bulldozer where the environment is concerned. Unless we come to think of our emissions as our own, personal assault on the environment, it seems to me there is not much hope for averting the long term catastrophe now threatening our descendants.

I’d like to see a universal system of carbon accounts with an annually adjusted allowance. So, if the population of the planet increases, we all get a little less carbon to spend in the coming year.

I’d like to see the amount of carbon emitted set by an international panel of climate scientists and biologists. The way this figure gets priced and the trading systems can be the responsibility of politicians and their high priests, the economists. But the latter group should have no input into the setting of the annual limit.

I’d like to see annual payments from the carbon fund to governments, companies and individuals who sequester carbon. If you have a patch of forest, you get a credit for it every year in perpetuity. If you cut it down, or there’s a forest fire – bang goes the annuity.

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Jun 24 2007

Carbon credit/debit system included in taxation system

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The idea would be to include information about your CO2 along with your taxes.

If you produced more CO2 than was allowed for an individual, you’d be assessed a fairly hefty extra amount, eg $1 per kg.

If you produced less CO2 than your allowance, you would be able to take $1 per kg off what you owed the government.

Imagine if this was a part of every taxation system around the world?

One thing that would certainly be required would be a system for transferring carbon offset payments from one tax jurisdiction (eg Australia) with high average consumption rates, to those with lower average consumption rates (eg Chad). This system would have the twin benefits of bringing CO2 production under tighter control while also delivering unprecedented levels of foreign aid. I might have to pay an extra $1000 for the CO2 produced by my new 4WD, while a poor farm worker in rural Mexico might get $5000 for producing 20% of the CO2 I do.

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