Sep 22 2007

Saturday stillness – to begin with…

Published by at 7:24 am under Surf reports

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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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