Archive for October, 2007

Oct 31 2007

Surf, where are ya?

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Hello Friends,

There were three bods in the water at Dee Why point and one or two up the beach when I  rubbed the sleep from my eyes at 0645. After a longish wait and quite a few false starts, the chap on the standup paddleboard finally caught a tiny crumbler along the rocks. It fizzed away after a few metres and he glided to a stop. Pretty much sums up the conditions I’d say.

If you want to get technical, the Sydney region is currently seeing a metre or so of 7 sec average period east windswell. Dee Why really isn’t much of an east windswell spot, so before giving up, I’d have a look at spots with better exposure to the direction. There were a few small ones from mid Collaroy to Northy yesterday and both Manly and Curly had some weak little things on offer.

Outlook for the rest of the working week is not terribly exciting. More of the same, I’d say. But there is some hope for a small improvement at the weekend. Some of the models are then showing what looks like a little east coast low brewing up for Monday or thereabouts. The usual caveats apply…

Had a chat with film maker and the generally irrepressable  Tim Bonython yesterday about the kick off tonight of his 2007 Australian Surf Movie Festival at Bondi Pavillion tonight. Tim’s supplied me with a few clips to put up on realsurf.tv for you. I managed to put his promo reel up last night and in coming days will put up more samples. Some gobsmacking stuff from Shipsterns and Ours.

And, on a completely different note, I’ve also put up a clip from a curious little project called Musica Surfica. It involves passionate surfer and  violin maestro Richard Tognetti, Tom Carroll, Derek Hynde and finless boards at King Island.

Have yourself a top old day!

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Oct 30 2007

Not quite flat

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Hello Friends

Did you get a few of those little ones yesterday afternoon Sydneysiders?  Not much in the morning but it built up into the fun range by the close of play. The buoy data looks pretty much the same again this morning, but when I watched it for awhile around 7 ish, there was really only a single wave through the Dee Why end of the beach and that was at the point. It’s only 8 second windswell, but at least it’s averaging around two metres from the east where the Sydney MHL buoy is bobbing about.

General outlook for the next 24 hours is for the juice level to fade just about to flat by tomorrow afternoon. Happily, the models show Huey stirring slightly for east coasters late Thursday into Friday and into the weekend. Doesn’t look like it’ll be big or anything, but with luck Friday-Saturday ought to be around the waist to chest high plus range.

Sydney looks to be in for a pleasant day, with highs along the coast around 28. Bureau’s posted the UV alert of 10 for the period 0850 to 1620.

May your day go well!

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Oct 29 2007

Breezy and small for Monday

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Hello Friends,

Bit of wind about this morning and a few dark clouds heading out to sea as the blue skies fill in behind. Surf situation is pretty marginal – again. The east windswell is flopping in at a gutless 7 seconds or so and around a metre at sea. Saw one bod struggling to catch something at the  point and then apparently giving up to just prone one in. There still isn’t much of anything in the charts to encourage one either. As far as the east coast is concerned, it looks like another week of similar conditions to these. There is a slight hope that we might get some longer period stuff from the NE toward the end of the week, but one doesn’t get too excited about forecasts that far out.

Speaking of wind, the call is for NE at 20-30 kts early, swinging NW and easing to 15-20 ahead of similar strength SW change. Tomorrow should see the SW first up but then it will go around through the east to the NE in the afternoon.

Have yourself a top old day!

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Oct 28 2007

Sunny Sunday, but pretty small again…

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Hello Friends,

Yesterday’s little morning pulse has faded back to very marginal conditions for Sydney. Windswell is about 8 seconds apart and coming from the east at around a metre. So, it’s not utterly flat, but you’ll want to take your most buoyant option down to the beach. Water seems to be getting just a touch warmer too, which is a good thing.

The outlook for the next week is pretty much more of the same for our region. If you want real energy, head west to Cactus or Yorkes or across the ditch to Gisborne.  Late in the week, there may be a little more juice along the far north coast and into the SE Queensland surf zones as some east swell comes in.

Hope you have yourself a top old day and that you find something diverting if you get in the water.

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Oct 26 2007

Little waves about this morning.

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Hello Friends,

Skies seem to be clearing up as I start to tap these words out. We had a few drops of rain up here on the hills back of Long Reef, but not much. As foretold by the models, there was a longer period pulse through our stretch of coast around midnight. The average period briefly touched ll seconds, but its back to around 9 sec now. Windswell out at sea is around a metre with some 2 metre peaks in amongst it. It’s coming from the SSE, so there should be a few marginal surf opportunities around the Sydney region this morning. A 0740 high tide should mean that conditions will improve a touch at most places. Wind is due to be out of the NE and 15-20 kts by this afternoon.

My take on the weekend is that we’re going to have less tomorrow and less again Sunday in Sydney. If you want some size (and a fair bit of wind), it looks like early next week will be pretty nutty from western SA to western Vic and lots of Tas.

Hope you have a top old day!

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Oct 25 2007

Waiting for the fog to lift

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Hello Friends,

At 0700, it was much too foggy for me to get a shot of the beach for you. I’ve now been out and about and can report there are tiny little burgers slumping weakly into the Longy to Dee Why stretch. Generally junky looking and uninspiring under drippy skies.

Overnight, the swell has wiggled around a little and is now averaging a metre from the ESE at about 8 seconds. The data is showing only small variations from one border to the other in Sydney. It looks as though it’s more or less the same size and period from Eden to Coffs.

Wind is lightly from the south as I write this. Kind of what you’d expect given the fog. The Bureau isays the Sydney region will have 8-13 ks S-SE this morning and the same speed but N/NE this afternoon.

I still don’t see anything significant for east coasters on the models for the week ahead. There’s heaps of big stuff (with big wind) lined up for western facing surf regions in SA and Vic. Both sides of Kiwi land should have lots of windy surf options and Fiji is looking sizable in about three days… But dear old Sydney? Not good. We might possibly get something in the next 24 hours, but if it does kick up into the rideable range, I don’t expect it to last long.

Hope your day shapes up well. Have a good one!

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Oct 24 2007

Hoping for rain…

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Hello Friends,

Heavy cloud and the promise of a little rain greet Sydneysiders this morning. Swell has swung to the east and the average period has  gone up to 10 seconds, but nothing interesting is happening at Dee Why. You’ll really want to be looking elsewhere for a little wave. Not much wind around to start with but the Bureau is calling for it to be E-SE 13-18 kts this afternoon.  Not the greatest conditions it has to be said.

The surf outlook for the east coast remains largely uninteresting. According to the models, the only prospect of any interest is a very brief long period south pulse on Thursday. Sadly, it looks as though it will mainly fill into the Sydney region during the night hours and be on the fade by the time we get to Friday morning. By that stage the bulk of the energy will be somewhere north of the Hunter is my guess.

Once again, it looks like the place to be for waves (and wind) will be the western regions of Vic and the west coast of NZ.

Go well with your day and to all my friends in southern California, I hope the fires aren’t anywhere near you!!

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Oct 23 2007

23 Oct 07: nup

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Hello Friends,

Urggh. Six second period south windswell. The fact that it’s averaging a couple metres out at sea off Sydney, is pretty much beside the point. There isn’t much energy around at the moment along the east coast. According to the MHL buoy data, the longest average period is around the 8 second mark. This prevails in a zone from around Batemans Bay south to the border.

The wind along Sydney’s coastline is around the  10kt level from the south as I write this, it’s due to stay about this velocity from the SW in the morning and then to swing more to the SE while decreasing slightly.

Swell outlook for the next week or so around the Sydney region does not look too promising. The models are showing short periods and small wave heights for as far ahead as they can look. Again, it’s not looking like getting down to totally flat, but the outlook is for it not to be too much bigger than that. If you can get across the ditch to Kiwi land, it’s looking like there’s going to be mucho olas in the coming week. Far west SA could be pretty impressively big in the next couple days as well…

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Oct 22 2007

Monday 22 Oct

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Hello Friends,

You know how it is when you come back to your ordinary Monday routine after a big weekend away. Well, that’s me! But, surf situation first. And we basically have almost, but not quite, nothing. Wind is currently lightly out of the north along the northern beaches and more around to the NE on the south side of the bridge. The MHL buoy is showing a 1 metre SSE windswell with an average period of around 8 seconds. There’s some 14 sec period component showing in there, but the buoy doesn’t break down the direction, so all I can think is that we may see the very occasional set bigger than the ambient knee to waist high stuff currently showing on exposed stretches of beach.

The general outlook for the Sydney region is another couple days of pretty ordinary conditions. Around about late Weds-early Thursday, we could see a little boost from the south as the wind gets around to SE. Not looking like it’ll get real impressive though, maybe up into the shoulder high range at south swell spots (but windy with it).

Right now the weekend is looking a bit more interesting as the main energy swings around to the NE. Again, it’s not currently looking like getting particularly big, but I’m hoping for some fun size stuff into the head high range at my local ENE favouring spots.

Just a quick follow up on the Surfrider Foundation weekend… it went really well! We had a good roll up for the Saturday sessions and the Warriewood paddle out on Sunday. I think the long term consequences will be good for surfing in Australia as Surfrider becomes an ever more effective voice for our interests. I hope one day that having a current membership with Surfrider will be as much a given for active surfers as having an extra leggie or a back up pair of boardies!

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Oct 20 2007

Grey old Saturday…

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Hello Friends,

Grey skies and, sad to say, grey surf prospects for this morning in Sydney. The windswell shifted around to the south overnight with the change and, while it picked up briefly to a couple three metres out at sea, the 6 second period means that very little energy is getting into the beach. If you find anything, it’s going to be at spots with good exposure to the south. You’ll have a bit of wind with it though.

The Bureau’s call is for the S-SE’ly to back off this morning before swinging around to the NE at 15-20 kts and gradually builing up to 20-25 kts in the evening. The NE’r is going to stick around overnight and is due to be puffing along at 13-18 kts from early. During Sunday, it’ll build up to 20-25 kts by the afternoon.

None of which is going to do the surf any good. If you jag anything bigger than waist high this weekend, then I tips my lid to ya. And the rest of the week? Urggh. Dire looking for Sydney; exciting for the entire west coast of NZ. From the shape of the forecasts, all the swell energy is heading away from the east coast for the next week. I hope Huey proves me wrong…

Have yourself a top old day!

ps: if you were thinking of getting along to the Surfrider Conference but didn’t register, I have to let you know we’re full up. You can still get along tomorrow for the paddle out action at Turrimetta though!

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