Archive for July, 2007

Jul 23 2007

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Hello Friends

Surprisingly, there is still a little bit of swell energy around. The models had suggested we’d be getting into the flat zone around about now. But I watched a couple peaks that would’ve been in the chest high range come in at around 0800. The strange thing is that there seemed to be only one person out. No wind really to speak of either. Go figure.

The main change from yesterday is Huey’s period setting. He’s bumped it up a notch from around 8 sec yesterday to closer to nine today. Primary swell direction is a surf-friendly SE too. And the wind is set to stay gentle and out of the NE through the day. Could be fun to take the more bouyant option from your quiver.

It looks like a good idea to get in today, because the models are unanimous about the baleful effects of a big high sitting over the Tasman. According to the computers, the east coast outlook is for flatness through next weekend. We always get flat spells like this during winter, so I wouldn’t be drawing any conclusions about Huey’s longer term intentions…

Finally, a little market-researchy question for those of you who have time to give me an opinion. Basically, I’m looking at making a DVD from the footage I shot 12-14 July but I need to know if people would even pay for such a thing. Anyway, there’s just the one question and a place to leave an email addy if you’re interested in hearing about how the project goes. Here’s the link: http://tinyurl.com/2r4sn6

Have yourself a top old day!

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Jul 22 2007

Sunday on the fade

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Hello Friends,

Pretty undistinguished looking this morning. The swell continues to fade and sadly is getting down toward the nearly flat end of the spectrum at Dee Why. Out at sea, it’s coming from the SE at 2 metres at about 8 seconds apart. That means not much more than waist high on the big ones. In this area, you might get something a little bigger up the beach toward Longy or around at Curly. Otherwise I’d maybe have Mona Vale, Av and possibly Palmy on the list. Across the bridge from here, I’m guessing the Bra will be your best hope for ferocious competition over the kind of dribble currently gracing this side of town.

I’m not liking the look of the forecasts for next week. I guess the good thing is that I’ll get through a bit more work… oh joy. But right now I reckon the spot to be for the next few days is SW WA…

Go well with your day!

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Jul 20 2007

Friday, still energy to burn but…

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Hello Friends,

Swell peaked last night and, following the usual rule of such fast-rising swells, it is dropping back with equal alacrity. However… don’t get the idea that it’s going flat. The latest data from the Sydney buoy shows dead south at 4 metres on average with a period around the 11 sec mark. Overnight the swell reached 6 metres on average with peaks of up to 12 metres right around the time high tide was happening…

Conditions now are not fabulous. It looks pretty much like yesterday afternoon, maybe a touch cleaner than that junk, but not what you’d call quality. I’ll go out for a closer look shortly, but right now it does not appear that we have a rival to last week.

Wind is WSW at 10-15 but the Bureau says it should be 25-30 kts… it looks like that kind of speed happening out at sea, away from the automatic weather stations on shore. The call is for the wind to drop off a bit during the day but not exactly become light.

Stay in touch, because if I find anything, I’ll be posting it later…

Go well with your day!

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Jul 17 2007

Tuesday looking pretty tiny

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Hello Friends,

Cold and just about flat along the northern beaches this morning. Out at sea, the MHL buoy is showing about a metre of south swell trickling along at around 9 seconds apart. There’s no obvious sign of any improvement to conditions in the data coming from other buoys up and down the coast. But the Bureau’s forecast and the swell models are pointing toward imminent change over the next 24-36 hours.

The wind is due to stay out of the NW at about 10-15 kts this morning, but should pick up and start the swing around to the SW late today and overnight.

Tomorrow the Bureau is saying we’ll have SW 25/33 knots increasing to 30/35 knots offshore in the afternoon. It doesn’t look as though the swell will really start to build until late in the day Wednesday, if then. I’ll be keeping a close eye on it of course!

Thursday’s looking like being a cold and windy winter’s day, so I’m not too optimistic about a repeat of the conditions we had last week. However, I’m hoping it will still be reasonably video-genic because I’m looking forward to putting the latest High Def camcorder from Canon through its paces. The HV20, as it’s known, certainly looks the goods on paper…

Speaking of video, if you haven’t checked it out yet, find a spare eight minutes and check out the footage (see news story, right) I got at a truly massive south Narrabeen last week. As soon as my magazine workload lets up, I’ll release a follow up vid from the session that went down the next day…

Go well!

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Jul 15 2007

Last day of hols, and some waves to be had

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Hello Friends,

As anticipated, the swell continues to fade, but it’s not flat. Really, we’re just more into typical conditions for this time of year, ie some waist to chest high things coming in at spots that take south swell. Reasonable crew is in the water at one such place, namely Dee Why beach, just north of the club. Nothing amazing, but even though the period is now down to a fairly gutless 8 seconds, the fact that it’s averaging a couple metres out at sea (with the odd 3 metre swell + sea), means that you can still get the occasional fun section.

I’ll get out and about later this morning for another look around, but I’m half hoping not to find anything much worth shooting because I still have a helluva a backlog of editing. Right now the list looks something like this: Magic Monday Bilgola to Bower, International Surfing Day (we had good waves), South Narra 13 July and South Narra 14 July. Plus I think there’s a pretty good day at Dee Why point in there too… oh, and then there’s the half hour or so of 16mm I shot of Michael Peterson that I’ve been meaning to get out to the world as well…

Sigh. If anyone can send me details of how to clone myself, I’d appreciate it!

Outlook for the rest of today is for things to bumble along much the same wave wise. The Bureau says the SW wind could pick up a bit more through the day too. Tomorrow I’d expect the swell energy to click down another notch or two, but the Bureau and the long range models reckon they can see Huey going back into his shed for another dirty great hammer so that he can give the swell machine a belt. As the Bureau forecast notes: “A strong cold front should cross the coast overnight Tuesday/early Wednesday and see strong winds return with a low pressure system likely to develop in the Tasman Sea on Wednesday.” The models are calling for a 3-5 metre, 11 sec south for late Thursday into Friday… so yours truly could be back on the hunt for more vid around then!

Speaking of vid, if any of you have put together a few clips and would like to share them with your fellow RealSurfers, just send me the youtube (or whatever) code and if I agree, I’ll see they get posted in our news section. Apart from quality (and I’ve set the bar at a pretty modest level), the soundtrack needs to be legit.

Awright, go forth and enjoy the last Sunday of school hols!

South Narra massive Sth Narrabeen gets massive!

The biggest, cleanest day seen at South Narrabeen in a very, very long time…

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On 12 July 2007, a powerful SE swell hit Sydney. Most places were just too big to surf, but one spot on the Northern Beaches was firing – South Narrabeen (aka Gardens). Typically a mainly small and undistinguished beachbreak, it was a doing a very passable imitation of Puerto Escondido. I was able to shoot a little video as PB took on the stills shooting duties. Hope you enjoy it!

…oh yeah… while it was smaller, it was pretty good the next day … I shot that too … and then there was the day after that… yep! All for you to look forward to!

Say! Speaking of things to look forward to, thanks to the wonder of PayPal you can now shout me a beer, a coffee or enough for another DV tape. So c’mon, ain’t I been good to ya? 😉 G’on, kick a little encouragement/thanks into my futurevideo fund! No set amount expected, no amount rejected, anything and everything will be gratefully received. Cheers!
-Don





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Jul 14 2007

VIDEO: Huge South Narra, 12 July 2007

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The biggest, cleanest day seen at South Narrabeen in a very, very long time…

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On 12 July 2007, a powerful SE swell hit Sydney. Most places were just too big to surf, but one spot on the Northern Beaches was firing – South Narrabeen (aka Gardens). Typically a mainly small and undistinguished beachbreak, it was a doing a very passable imitation of Puerto Escondido. I was able to shoot a little video as PB took on the stills shooting duties. Hope you enjoy it!

…oh yeah… while it was smaller, it was pretty good the next day … I shot that too … and then there was the day after that… yep! All for you to look forward to!

Say! Speaking of things to look forward to, thanks to the wonder of PayPal you can now shout me a beer, a coffee or enough for another DV tape. So c’mon, ain’t I been good to ya? 😉 G’on, kick a little encouragement/thanks into my futurevideo fund! No set amount expected, no amount rejected, anything and everything will be gratefully received. Cheers!
-Don





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Jul 13 2007

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Hello Friends,

Still some juice left in the tank for those prepared to brave the 10 degree air temps this morning. Wind was out of the SW at 10-20 kts, depending on where you were standing. Overnight the average period of 12 seconds slumped back to around 10. That may sound like not a great change, but it will mean that the triple-overhead sets I videoed yesterday (see the pics I put up late yesterday evening) at South Narrabeen will not be there this morning. Not that I’d expect it to be soft and small you understand, but the energy in this pulse has peaked and is declining pretty rapidly.

As of around 0800, the swell was out of the SE at an average height of 2 metres with some sets touching the 4 metre mark. When one of those arrives at Dee Why point, you get a solidly overhead wave face. So, it’s still better than it is 80-90% of the time!

I’ll get out and about again to see if I can get any more interesting footage and snaps. If possible I’ll try to also find time to cut down the stuff I shot yesterday in the 10 out of 10 conditions at south Narrabeen so you can have a look. That will depend on magazine obligations though, so don’t hold me to it!

The wind is due to pick up to 25-35 kts or thereabouts from the SW, so surfable conditions may not last… and we’re due to get a few showers as that SW change develops around noon in Sydney.

Go well with your day!

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Jul 12 2007

Energy levels kick into high gear…

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Hello Friends,

Thar she blows mateys!

Huey has dialled up the power settings in the last four hours along most of the east coast. Yesterday at this time it was averaging around 8 seconds at about 2.5 metres from the SSE; now it’s averaging around 11 seconds from the SE. The swell height hasn’t really changed much at all, so it’s quite a good example of why period is so important to surfin’ calculations. However, the Bureau confirms what the models have been saying, namely that we should be seeing an increase in swell heights at sea as the day goes along.

So, it doesn’t look like it’s going to get smaller today!

It shouldn’t need saying really, but just in case you beginners were thinking of having a go – don’t!

Wind is now out of the west at around 10kts, and the Bureau says it’ll stay at about that pace through the day.

I might get out and about with my camera to see what I can find to share… 😉

It looks like the energy levels should build through today and then start falling off tomorrow and into the weekend.

Go well with your day!

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Jul 11 2007

Looking clean to start…

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Hello Friends,

My excuse is I stayed up late working, what’s yours? If you’d been down at Dee Why before 0830, you’d have found glassy, chest to head high conditions and, here’s the weird part, uncrowded to boot. Where are all the kids off school? Maybe down in the snow? It’s a mystery. Big wodge of grey, rainy looking stuff is now pushing in from the south, but there’s nothing showing on the radar, so while the light won’t be as nice, the waves should still be happening. 15-20 kts SW wind right now and the Bureau says it’ll carry on much this way through the day, ie the wind should hang around at the same general strength and the swell settings ought to remain pretty much as they are.

Have to quote the Bureau summary again. Those of you who read our man in New Zealand’s updates yesterday, will find this interesting.
“Synoptic Situation
A southwest to southerly air flow persists in the Tasman Sea circulating around a deep low over the northern tip of New Zealand. Cloud associated with this feature is tracking back towards us and should result in the formation of a trough off the coast on Thursday, developing into a low off the central coast on Friday. It is likely to result in strong to possibly gale force winds, easing into the weekend as the low moves slowly away. A pulse of large swell is expected to move towards the coast on Thursday but overnight computer forecasts are suggesting that it might ease off a little more than previously thought.”

As the Bureau says, the models have been moderating in their outlook as this complex batch of weather plays out. The size at sea the models say, should stay about where it is right now (ie 2-4 metres), but the period should improve from the present 9 seconds on average to around the 12 second mark.

With luck we should be seeing the forerunners from that in the mix by late today and overnight.

The wind is due to kick up into the 20-30 kt range, so the light winds that had been a feature of the computer model forecasts a few days ago are off the board now I’d say.

Go well with your day!

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Jul 10 2007

More waves, but messy & cold

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There is presently a moderate to heavy swell about the coast and whilst this should gradually ease over the next day, a large swell is forecast to approach the central and northern coastal parts overnight Wednesday in association with the Tasman Sea low.

Hello Friends,

Energy levels are well into the surfable range this morning, but that 10-15kt SW’ly is damn cold to begin with. One keen chappie was in the water at Dee Why point when I looked around 0830. As you can see from the pic I took, the size is quite reasonable. The problem, apart from the freezing wind, is that the swell is pretty jumbled up and messy. There are clean sections in amongst it, but it was pretty consistent when I watched, so I’d guess there was a fair amount of scrambling to be done for each catchable one.

The MHL buoy shows that the 9sec SSE pulse peaked yesterday afternoon, but that it’s still around the three metre mark out at sea. Having that touch of east to it, should see a few more surf options than were it straight south.

According to the Bureau, the S-SW wind should ease back a little this morning, but come back pretty hard in the afternoon.

Outlook for tomorrow is for the swell to throttle back a bit, but it won’t be anything like flat. The wind will be about the same as today.

And then there is Thursday…

The models have been unwavering on their call for a significant pulse to arrive from the SE. And the wind forecast remains favourable too with the Bureau currently saying it’ll be 10-20kts SW on the day. I guess I better make sure my cameras’ batteries are all charged up…

Go well with your day!

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