Archive for June, 2007

Jun 24 2007

Lifetime CO2 rating system

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What if all energy consuming devices had to come with an energy efficiency rating and a lifetime carbon emission rating?
And what if these ratings were part of a system of personal carbon accounts that was built into the national taxation system?
And what if these ratings were a mandatory inclusion on all packaging and advertising for energy consuming devices?

What I envision would be a mandatory label something like this:

Annual emissions – average use (2000 hours): 0.2 tonnes of carbon dioxide
Annual emissions – light use (1000 hours): 0.1 tonnes of carbon dioxide
Annual emissions – heavy use (3000 hours): 0.3 tonnes of carbon dioxide

Manufacture & transport embodied emissions: 0.08 tonnes

Each time you bought something, your personal annual carbon account would have the heavy use + embodied amount deducted.

Light users would be able to recover the excess each year when their total carbon allowance is calculated along with their ordinary taxes.

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Jun 24 2007

Sunday Surf Day

Published by under Surf reports

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Hello Friends,

Do we still have swell? Yes! Are the bombs as bomby as yesterday arvo? Nup, well, not at Dee Why point anyway. Quite a Sunday morning crew out there getting amongst it, but the head high plus sets were few and far between when I checked. As Hendo’s already noted, the period is 12-15 sec and the swell is out of the SSE at 2-4 metres.

For maximum size sets, you’ll want to get out there this morning because the forecasts are predicting a steady decrease over the next couple days. But, if they’re to be believed, after a couple of recovery days on Tues and Weds, there could be another good size south pulse arriving around Thurs.

Here’s the Bureau’s call…
“There are increasing indications that another strong low will develop in the western Tasman Sea around the middle of this week and it is important to monitor the forecasts this week in relation to this low as they are likely to change, especially across the southern half of the coast, as the evolution of the low become more apparent.”

I added to my video backlog yesterday afternoon by swimming out to the point. Some good size sets were coming through, so I’m hoping there will be a few keepers in that lot… just a little something for you to look forward to!

Go well with your day!

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Jun 23 2007

Another day of surf!

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DY point again!

Hello Friends,

Bitter start to the day. Yikes! Temperature at my joint was about 7 as the sun broke over the horizon. Looks like we’re in for yet another magnificent surf day too. Buncha people in the water getting frozen for some fun looking chest to head high plus lines at the point. Speaking of lines, this swell is looking very point and reef friendly, but is probably a bit too long in the period department for the beaches.

At 0700 here’s how the numbers stacked up: swell is 2-4 metres out’ve the SSE at around 11 seconds. Wind is out of the WNW at 10-12 kts. The winds are set to remain light, and the skies clear through much of the day. The temp should eventually get up to a reasonably balmy 17, but right now…

Outlook for the week ahead is surf, surf and more surf. The synoptic charts show a couple of fat highs sitting over Aust and NZ with a nice corridor between them which allow the various low pressure systems hurtling around Antarctica to come shooting up into our swell window.

As the following quote from the Bureau’s summary this morning shows, it’s a pretty complex situation…

“Synoptic Situation
A high pressure ridge is extending over NSW. A low pressure trough is expected to develop off the SE Queensland coast during Saturday, increasing the winds over the far northern coast. At this stage winds are favoured to be slightly below strong wind strength but this will depend on just how much the low develops. It should persist through into Monday morning before weakening. On Tuesday another low pressure system is expected to form around the central coast and drift SE of be off the south coast later. It has the potential to deepen into a strong system whilst moving down to the far southern coast. There is a fair degree of uncertainty about its actual position and intensity with the strongest winds more likely on Wednesday and Thursday.”

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Jun 22 2007

Lovely Friday & more waves…

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DY point

Hello Friends,

Anybody surfed out yet? It would seem that at least a few of you are because at 0900 there were only half a dozen bods at Dee Why point and nobody that I could see in the beach break. Admittedly the latter is shutting down heavily, but the point is getting the odd chest to head high set.

It looks like Huey hasn’t tired of this sport just yet… here’s the latest summary from the Bureau:

“A cold front in the Tasman Sea is moving away and losing influence. A low pressure system is expected to develop off the southern Queensland coast later Saturday into Sunday, freshening in the winds in the north, before easing. There is an increasing potential for a low to develop in the western Tasman Sea during the first half of next week.”

Right now the swell is pretty straight south and, as noted by some of the other reporters, pretty lined up too. That’ll be putting paid to most of the beachies, but reefs and corners of various sorts around our region could be in play. Periods are 10-11 sec and the swell is 3-4 metres out at sea, so I’d say we’re in for another day of surfin’ opportunities.

Wind is out of the SW and is due to decrease a little as the day goes along. Oh, and the Bureau is calling for a little increase in swell size tomorrow… with light winds from S-SW…

Are you smiling yet?

Yours truly has been accumulating a bit of video from the last couple days, but all this swell worship comes at a cost. The spike with the ‘please call back’ messages looks like a Christmas tree, the dishes are piled so high in the sink, they’re sliding out on to the floor and there are 14,000,000 new emails to be dealt with. But what am I to do friends? Another beautiful day with waves, how can I let it slip by without at least taking a few pictures somewhere…

Go well and stay happy.

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Jun 21 2007

Published by under Surf reports

south curly

Hello Friends,

Sorry to run so late, but you know how it is when there’s waves… I was out and about from first light to get a few vid sequences for a project on International Surfing Day – which is today. The concept comes out of the US and it’s a bit of a profile raiser that will benefit Surfrider Foundation. Anyway, they have this video comp as part of it, so I thought, “why not?” I’m already stupidly far behind on hundreds of responsibilities and promises, what’s one more day going to matter?

Anyway, I went down to say hi to the Duke’s statue and to see if I could get some vid of the day itself. First stop was to look at the south Narrabeen stretch and to watch the sun come up. Not much happening there wave-wise, so back into my personal greenhouse gas contributor to head down for a look at Dee Why and thereabouts.

Dee Why was also much smaller and setty-er than yesterday, but there were/are still some useful lines around the place. That put it at option one on the to-surf list. Over the hill, and past Curly to the Duke’s statue. Didn’t really stop to look at Curly, but it was big. Had a gink at Freshy and can report that it was well attended with some solidly head high sets. The south corner looked the go to me.

Coming back to Curly (how is rounding that bend just past the turn off to the diggers when there’s swell?), it was clear that the south end was, weirdly, actually quite sizeable and rideable. You often see the former, but rarely the latter.

Pulled over and took a couple shots and one or two video sequences. Saw half a dozen rights peel from practically in front of the pool (y’know, but out about 50 metres) to well up the beach. I reckon a couple of those would’ve gone for 200 metres.

Back in the car, over the hill to Dee Why with a plan to shoot some vox pops on my question of the day: what gets you stoked? Then noticed the crew at the point, and thought, hmmmm… maybe I should go out there to, you know, shoot some extra colour for the b-roll (that’s tech talk for those little shots video people stick in to provide a little atmosphere).

A bit over-gunned with my 7’2″, but I wasn’t bothering heading home for something more appropriate.

Paddled out and ended up staying in the water for a couple hours. It was just one of those sessions where you wait for the sets and then after awhile start telling yourself, “next one in”… But you get the next one and it’s so fun, that you go for just one more… every one of you reading this knows the feeling – I have no doubt!!

Happily, because I had my little water camera with, I managed to collect a few more nice sequences (I hope!) that I can put in my vid and maybe even stitch together on their own… we’ll see…

Swell has dropped rapidly today. It was around 3-5 metres from the south early, but is currently around 2-3 m at 9 sec. That’s still more than enough to produce some fun ones at south facing spots, and the wind, as I write this, is still behaving itself and staying lightly offshore.

From the look of things, the swell should hang in there for tomorrow too. Right now the Bureau is saying 15-25 kts of SW wind for Friday and 2-3 metres of south swell. This fits well with an uptick on the Eden buoy which has bounced from 2-3 metres at midnight to 3-6 metres around lunchtime. It’s showing a period of 8-9 seconds down there, so that should put the arrival time of the next pulse at around about start of play tomorrow.

How unbelievably good has June been for Sydney surfers???

Okay, gotta get back to the work bench to see how the vid from this morning came up…

Go well with your day and keep smiling.

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Jun 20 2007

I join technorati

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Jun 20 2007

surf? DY

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Hello Friends,

The feared winds didn’t turn up overnight along the northern beaches, but the low apparently is still intensifying according to radio reports, so it may yet turn up. That isn’t to say that the winds are exactly weak or the swell is tiny! Swell at sea off Sydney is 5-8 metres (it’s 6-10 metres down at Pt Kembla, so an increase looks highly likely). Periods are running about 10 sec, so there’s some power to it. Dee Why doesn’t look all that flash. Wind is out of the SW at 20-25 kts, so it’s all a bit lumpy and messy in the SSE swell.

I’ll go out now for another look around and will report back as the schedule permits.

Go well with your day!

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Jun 19 2007

VIDEO: 19 June, South Narra goes orf

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I set off this morning to do a video interview with Nick Carroll about a charity paddlerace event he’s training for at the moment. We met up at a frosty Brownwater, did the interview and then I chased north to meet him and his crew when they arrived at Newport. All went well and I had planned to come back and cut the video together… but… on the way back home, I stopped in at south Narrabeen to have as squiz at the erosion near Wetherill St. Huey’s been at work, which is a story in itself, but the waves were looking spectacularly good. Again, the light was dull, but who cares, I got some shots to share!

Hope you enjoy it!

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Jun 19 2007

19 June: more waves

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dee why point

Hello Friends,

Nippy 10 degrees or so around this joint at the start of play for Tuesday. Speaking of play, there were a dozen or so folks in the water at Dee Why point and up the beach. Swell has swung to the south and is averaging about 3 meters at sea with a period of around 9 seconds. Peak size at sea is 6 metres. Wind is currently westerly, but the Bureau says that it’ll go SW and start to pick up speed as the day goes along. In fact, they’re predicting 30-40 kts for later this afternoon.

Conditions at Dee Why are okay, but not all time. If you didn’t get a chance to surf yesterday at someplace where the waves and winds came together, you can still get out and have fun with this stuff before the wind rips into it.

Speaking of yesterday, I posted a little sampler of the offshore-blessed session we had at the Bower and Deadmans yesterday morning. Check the video in the news section to get a feel for what it was like out there.

Looking ahead, it’s still all go on the wave front. As every surfer on the east coast knows, another intensifying low is spinning up even as we speak. The charts look pretty nutty. At least a couple models are calling for seas and swell to get into the 4-6 metre range tomorrow. Of course the wind will be just stupid. The Bureau is calling for 40-50 kts SSW early backing off to “only” 20-30 kts of W-SW later in the day.

Not sure how photogenic it’ll be, but you can bet I’ll be looking for some way to capture a few moments for you.

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

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Jun 18 2007

Video: Fairy Bower – sweet!

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Swell was out of the east at 3-4 metres and around 9 seconds apart. Dee Why and Curly were okay, but not really firing. Kinda lumpy looking but sizable. So, headed down to Manly to see if the Bower was doing much. Tide was high when we paddled out, but you could see the quality was there. It was offshore, sometimes strongly at times, and the skies were very grey and sometimes showery. It was crowded, but there were some very fun waves to be had at the Bower, and up at Deadmans, the bodyboarders were getting into it in a big way. Anyway, here’s a little taste of the day…

-Don

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