Archive for September, 2007

Sep 30 2007

Sunny Sunday but no waves in Sydney

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Hello Friends,

So, how ’bout them cats? Tonight’s game should be good too. Oh, surf? You wanted to know about surf on this beautiful Sydney spring day?

Well, what can I do but add to what the pictures show? It’s dire. The windswell is only about 7 sec apart and is struggling to reach an average height at sea of a metre. It’s out of the SE, which is good, and the wind is out of the NW (going to 15-20kts this arvo) which would be good too – if there were waves.

It looks as though the flatness will continue here in Sydney at least through tomorrow. Then, maybe on Tuesday some longer period stuff will sneak in from all the activity that’s due to be brewing up across the eastern Tasman. The current bright spot (and it’s not much more than a glow) is Thr-Fri when at least one of the models is calling for some reasonable period south swell into the two metre range. Fingers crossed, eh?

Off you go then, and have yourself a great day!

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Sep 29 2007

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Hello Friends,

Breezy and beautiful this morning in Sydney. But the surf? Oh, that… ummm… got anything on this weekend? See, the thing is, when the SW change came through last night, the average period went from around 8 seconds to just 5. Combine that with a bare metre of SSW swell and you have a perfect flatness recipe.

There’s no obvious prospect for surf in our region today. If you were to head way down south to the Vic border, there might be something into the waist high range. Unfortunately, the Merimbula forecast calls for even more wind than the 15-20 kts of W-SW we’re due to get here in Sydney.

The long range outlook is for these westerly winds to continue through the coming week. But there doesn’t seem to be much hope for anything surfable along most of the east coast until Thursday, when it looks as though there could be a bit of south swell action (although Sydney may be a bit light on).

Ah, spring… the sooner we’re done with it, the better!

Never mind, enjoy your day, go well and stay happy!

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Sep 28 2007

Breezy and offshore with it

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 little, tiny wavelets at Dee Why beach around 0715

Hello Friends,

Breezy this morning and expected to become considerably more so this afternoon as the N-NW wind pushes up into the 20-25 kt range across the Sydney region. Interestingly, it isn’t utterly flat at Dee Why. Swell is  east, only about 7 seconds apart and a metre on average out at sea. That’s making for the occasional waist high set but it has to be said that the waits are considerable.

Thanks to an intense low off to the sw of Tasmania, the wind will be hitting 20-30 kts tonight as a SW change comes through. Saturday morning should see the wind beginning to ease off for the day. I don’t think it’s very likely that we’ll have much of anything in the way of waves along the east coast on Saturday.

Hope your day rolls along well and a few waves come your way!

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Sep 27 2007

Slowing right down…

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Hello Friends,

Yesterday there were a few little things around to play on, but gee, this morning looks pretty sad. Couldn’t see anyone in the water along the Dee Why stretch and I reckon it won’t be Robinson Cruso either.

The MHL buoy off Sydney provides an objective verification of what one can see (don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows…). Overnight the little south east trickle has dropped from around 8 seconds to just 6. Even though the average size out at sea is around the 2 metre mark, the northerly direction and short period aren’t doing us any good at all.

The marine forecast for the Sydney region is for the wind to swing from the NW around to the NE but not get up to much more than 13 kts this afternoon. Outlook for tomorrow  is more W/NW wind and micro windswell.

A scan of the  forecast models reveals a uniformly gloomy outlook across the next week for the east coast of Australia. It looks like you folk down Victoria way at least have the prospect of some size, albeit with a fair amount of wind today, and stupid amounts tomorrow (w-sw 30-40 kts).

Ah well, that’s spring for ya…

Anyway, have yourself a top old day with whatever you’ve got on…

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Sep 26 2007

Sunshine & little waves

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Hello Friends,

High tide is out of the way for this morning and with any luck the current fat conditions may give way to something a bit more surfable before the NE’r kicks in this afternoon (forecast is for 20-25kts). Size at sea is around the same as this time yesterday when we had waist high conditions at south east spots. The average period is around the 8 second mark and the average height is around a metre. The difference is that yesterday morning we had some 11 second component, but today it’s a touch below 10 sec – ie, don’t expect as many shoulder high sets today.

Again, the MHL buoys show that it’s pretty much this way up and down the coast of NSW.

Outlook for tomorrow is slightly less of the same, so it might be a plan to eke a little something out this morning if the schedule permits. That said, it’s not exactly all time, so if other responsibilities have crowded out the surf option, not to worry!

The forecast models are  showing not much for the Sydney region for as far ahead as they go. It generally looks marginal to nearly flat for the next week right now…

Oh well, what can ya do?

Enjoy your day and stay happy!

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Sep 25 2007

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Small but not flat at Dee Why

Hello Friends,

Nice start to the day in Sydney and we still have some little waves at south facing spots. Quite a few bods getting in a quick splash at Dee Why before the obligations crowd in on their respective days. Not impressive in an absolute sense, but at least it’s glassy and there are a few catchable ones into the chest high range (although it’s mostly smaller than that).

The general outlook is for a continuing slow decline in energy levels. We’re starting out with about 1.5 metres of south swell at 8 seconds. There is some 10 sec component in the mix (probably where those bigger sets are coming from), and the sea plus swell heights are touching into the 2 metre plus range off Sydney.

The take-away? Get out there as soon as you can because our swell is dribbling away. From tomorrow it would appear that Sydneysiders are in for a stretch of small to flat conditions.

Begging your indulgence, I’d like to repeat an item from last week if I may…

As many long time visitors will know, RealSurf’s been a strong supporter of the excellent works of Surfrider Foundation. For the past 16 years Surfrider has combined its Annual General Meeting with a day of public talks and forums on topics of interest to surfers. This time around the Northern Beaches Surfrider group has taken on the task of devising and staging the public events. It’s all going to happen on the weekend of the 19-21 of October at the Coastal Environment Centre in North Narrabeen. You can check out the details by going here: http://tinyurl.com/2ryvcl and if you’d like to register to come along (space is limited), please go here: http://tinyurl.com/39w8y9 You can even download a pdf of the brochure (designed by RealSurf’s very own Shari!) from here: http://tinyurl.com/363jeh

Go well with your day!

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Sep 24 2007

Hmmm, yeah… not much…

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Hello Friends,

Another spectacular morning in Sydney town. Dee Why’s looking as sunny and pleasant as anywhere I’ll bet… and as puny. As expected, the swell is smaller than yesterday. The MHL buoy shows that it’s gone more to the east south east, but that the average height has dropped into the metre range on a period of about 9 seconds. So, it’s not absolutely flat, but nor is it much above that. I could see a few bods in the water when I took my picture this morning, but I gave up waiting to see someone catch anything. I think you’ll be doing well to find a bomb set into the chest high range.

The wind will be offshore and light this morning, sayest the Bureau, before turning NE 15-20 kts this afternoon.

Outlook for the week ahead is interesting across the southern surf zones of our continent, but generally quite uninteresting for the east coast. From Wednesday on is looking particularly dire for those of us who surf in the Sydney region.

Ah well. Huey will be back to this part of the world in his own good time.

Go well with your day!

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Sep 23 2007

Some shoulder high sets around.

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Hello Friends,

Good result for the Sea Eagles last night. Imagine there are a few happy faces around the northern beaches today.

Look’s like today’s the day for Sydney surfers because the forecasts show it all being downhill from here into the new week. The well at sea is out of the SSE at an average of 2 metres (with some peak swell and sea into the 4m range). The energy setting has bumped up ever so slightly in the last 24 hours and is currently averaging around 9 seconds not only in the Sydney region, but up and down the east coast.  What this means at a spot like Dee Why is reasonable crowds and size ranging from waist to shoulder high on the bigger ones.

As I write this, the wind is not yet a factor. The Bureau is calling for it to swing onshore (SE-NE) this afternoon but not to be too strong (10-15kts is the call)

Outlook for tomorrow in the Sydney region is for the swell to drop and for the average period to drop back a little. Then it looks like averaging around a metre or so at sea with an 8 sec period through the rest of the week. So, in a word, marginal.

Get out there if you can, and have a good one!

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Sep 22 2007

Saturday stillness – to begin with…

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Hello Friends,

Calm, glassy surface conditions to begin Saturday in Sydney. Sadly, there’s almost nothing on the surf front. The swell is out of the south at about a metre with an average period of just under 8 seconds. That means knee to waist high at south exposed spots, but it’ll be pretty weak thanks to the short average period.

The Bureau says we’ll get a stong S-SW change through the place this morning. Wind is due to kick up into the 20-30 kt range at the peak of the change and then they’re set to back off to around 20kts by this evening.

Unfortunately the change is not likely to have a positive impact on the surf prospects. If anything, the period will probably get shorter, so even though the average swell height will increase into the 2-3 metre range, the consequences for surfers are not likely to be interesting.

A few days ago, the long range forecasts were slightly hopeful for Monday-Tuesday, but  now the call is for average periods across the week ahead to range from 7-9 seconds and swell to be in the 1-3 metre zone. Our best hope is that tomorrow the swell period stretches out a little as the change vanishes up the coast from here. Sunday’s winds are supposed to be SW-S 15-20 kts, easing to 8-13 in the afternoon, but swinging to the SE.

Typical spring conditions.

Go well!

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Sep 21 2007

Grey but slightly wavy

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Hello Friends,

Little south swell trickling in to the Sydney region this morning. Wind is not a factor for the early risers. A fair number of them at Dee Why too. The forecast is for the wind to be light SW this morning and then to gradually come around to the east south east this afternoon. The aforementioned swell is plugging along at around 8 seconds apart (about 22 kph) and is averaging around 2 metres out at sea. 2 metres @ 8 sec = waist high for most south swell spots.

From the look of the buoy and forecast data, the energy levels should gradually roll off through the day, so if it’s possible, get down to the beach this morning to give yourself the best shot.

As many long time visitors will know, RealSurf’s been a long time promoter of the excellent works of Surfrider Foundation. For the past 16 years Surfrider has combined its Annual General Meeting with a day of public talks and forums on topics of interest to surfers. This time around the Northern Beaches Surfrider group has taken on the task of devising and staging the public events. It’s all going to happen on the weekend of the 19-21 of October at the Coastal Environment Centre in North Narrabeen. You can check out the details by going here: http://tinyurl.com/2ryvcl and if you’d like to register to come along (space is limited), please go here: http://tinyurl.com/39w8y9 You can even download a pdf of the brochure (designed by RealSurf’s very own Shari!) from here: http://tinyurl.com/363jeh

Go well with your day!

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