Archive for July, 2007

Jul 31 2007

Ah, there you are Huey!

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Bomb set hits Dee Why at about 0715

Hello Friends,

As expected, the big guy is slinging Sydneysiders some energy this morning. It’s been on the models for days now and late last night it was apparent that it’d be filling into our beaches by daybreak. Heaps of people were on it from first light at Dee Why. Most of them were in the beachy which is more consistent than the point. Size is around the chest high mark on the average ones, but there are some bombs in the mix that definitely push into the overhead range. And, looking at the buoy data, I’d say the forecast of 2.5 metres of swell for today is right on the money. The all important power setting is sitting on 10 sec, so there should be some beltable sections around the place. Swell direction is SSE which again is pretty amenable to Sydney surf requirements. The Bureau says Huey’s gonna play nice with the wind settings too: light westerly this morning for those lucky enough to be able to get in, going around to NE 10-15kts this afternoon for the north corners.

Alas, I’m still on magazine duty, so I’m not certain I’ll be able to get away to shoot some snaps or vid for you… but we shall see!

Outlook is for the pulse to start fading away overnight and for us then to go back into smaller but not flat conditions as we head toward the weekend.

Go well with your day!

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Jul 30 2007

Monday morning mood

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Hello Friends,

Swell seems to have faded back from yesterday’s midday peak, but it’s not looking totally flat at Dee Why beach. Pretty small, yes. Inconsistent, yes, but not quite the zippo conditions of last week. In fact, from the shape of the models, it looks like we’re in for at least one small pulse from tomorrow into Wednesday. The MHL buoy is showing SSE swell that is averaging about 2 metres with a less than powerful 8 second period. It’s going to be one of those days when some spots are completely flat while others have waist to chest high conditions (if not a bit bigger on the bombs).

The Bureau says the wind will shift from the NW around to the SW and push up into the 15-20 kt range in middle part of the day before dropping back a bit toward evening while also going more around to the south. Tomorrow the call is for light W/NW early swinging around to a 15-20 kt N-NE’r. Meanwhile, the swell, is set to stay from the same SSE’ly direction but should build into the 2-3 metre range with another second or two of period power dialled in for good measure.

So, another week stands before us. Are we ready? Enjoy and may you have yourself a good one.

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Jul 29 2007

Sunday, the weakness, the weakness

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Hello Friends,

Did you find waves yesterday? If you were canny enough to have tracked something down, my advice would be to go back and have another look there today because the dead south swell has perked up slightly. It’s gone from about 0.5 metre on average at 6 seconds at this time yesterday, to around 8 seconds and 1.5 metres. Dee Why is distinctly bigger than yesterday, but that’s not saying much as it was flat! It’s now around the knee to waist high level there. Places with more direct exposure to the south, should be a bit bigger on the sets. This’ll be good news for the people running the contest at Northy as conditions there yesterday were dire.

The swell models are still calling for a reasonable pulse from late Monday through Wednesday. If the wind forecast is right, then Tuesday morning could be a corker with 2-3 metres of 10 sec south swell and light westerlies… yum!

Go well with your day!

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Jul 28 2007

Flat Saturday

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A lone figure contemplates the minute difference between the pool and the sea…

Hello Friends,

Dear, dear, it is very tiny out there. I’d thought there might be a tiny little bump this morning, but it’s turned out much smaller than that. Precisely as the Goat’s forecast foretold.

So, nothing doing today if you’re anywhere along the east coast. Biggest waves in Sydney are unlikely to trouble your average paper boat. Get thee to SW WA if you want some size.

One’s thoughts, naturally enough, turn to the wave prediction models… and what they show is a low forming up in the lower Tasman around tomorrow night. The low is due to deepen into the surf generation range fairly rapidly but to be shunting across toward NZ as it does. The upshot is that we have okay prospects for a surfable pulse Tues-Weds before it slumps back to flatness just in time for my mate Tim to lob in from California with board under arm and hoping for a wave.

Hope you have yourself a top old Saturday. Go well!

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Jul 27 2007

C’mon Huey!

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Hello Friends,

Yep, she’s still zippo.

But, the forecasts have started to perk up. First though, a quick run down on how rundown things are along the east coast. In Sydney we have about a metre of east windswell which is averaging 7 seconds apart. If you’re patient it may be possible to find the very occasional knee high peak at your favourite stretch of sand. Yesterday afternoon a couple bodyboarders found one such at Dee Why, but they had to wait around 5-10 minutes for anything remotely catchable. Most of the time it looked like two blokes sitting in a lake.

Lake Pacific will continue for another 24 hours from the look of things. There is an interesting looking fetch showing on the WAMs from around Sunday-Monday into Tuesday. It kind of bends around the bottom of New Zealand’s south island and arcs up toward the SE coast of Australia. However, the wind speeds don’t look too impressive in the forecasts, so I wonder if it’ll throw much energy at us in the end.

Meanwhile, SW WA is really looking the goods for serious size from early in the new week. And midweek looks a good chance for some nice long period energy filling into the surf coast of Victoria.

Go well with your day!

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Jul 26 2007

when I posted this, it was late

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Listening to some lovely Beethoven… and wondering when this test post will appear on our xoops site…
*how do I set the feed refresh interval in xoops?
*is it possible to publish items from my blog that are not Public?
I reckon this could use a nice picture too!
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had these all to himself a few metres off the beach at Dee Why in the afternoon. Very inconsistent though…
I am posting this at around 10:33 PM

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Jul 26 2007

Just testin here

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nothing really, just want to see what hoppens when I post this at 930PM in Ideas category.

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Jul 26 2007

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Gleaming at Dee Why

Hello Friends,

Huey’s running a little experiment to see how tiny he can make it along the entire east coast. According to the MHL data, it’s a metre or less from Byron to Eden this morning. Looks like a great day for beach combing, fishing, getting on with it at work, putting in the hard yards at school, etc.

SW WA again looks from the charts to have the best hope of some size.

The swell forecast models are not looking too interesting over the next 48 hours. We could get something in the Sydney region that might be described as surfable around Sunday morning. At the outer edge of the models’ range, there is currently the hope of a little east swell developing around mid week (assuming a low pressure system spins up on the NZ side of the Tasman as presently anticipated). Here’s hoping…

Have yourself a top old day and go well!

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Jul 25 2007

Weds micro-ness

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Hello Friends,

When I checked the buoy data late last night, there was a surprising (to me) uptick in the period to around 10 sec. Even though the swell was a lowly 0.75 metre at the time, it should’ve meant that night surfers were getting some juicy little ones at exposed spots. But this morning (cue sound of smashing glass) the period’s crashed to an average of about 7 seconds. For what it’s worth, the chop is coming at us from the east. Impressively, there were a couple people in the water at Dee Why personfully trying to get a little push to shore from the utterly gutless dribble.

From what I can make out, the entire east coast is in more or less the same state. To get any energy, you’ll need to head to SW WA if you want anything resembling a wave.

The models are looking pretty grim for us through about Sunday. After that there is some hope of a small improvement to the situation. But we shall see…

Go well with your day!

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Jul 24 2007

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Hello Friends,

The flatness may be here soon, but at daybreak there was still a tiny bit of surf energy at SE exposed spots. The size at sea has dropped again and is now about a metre. The only reason there’s anything at all is down to the fact that it’s coming from the east and the average period is still around the 9 second mark. So there is a little something, but I’d say it will continue to weaken through today and that we should be into flatness good and proper from tomorrow through the weekend – if the models are correct. It looks as though this flatness is likely to be pretty much uniform along the east coast.

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Go well with your day!

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