Archive for December, 2007

Dec 19 2007

More waves…

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 Hello friends,

Sydneysiders are in for a few more waves this morning. The wind is out of the south as I write this, but the Bureau says it’ll be NE and up to 15-20 kts. There is  still a couple metres of swell around. Since midnight yesterday, the primary direction showing on the MHL buoy has moved from straight south to almost east.

Dee Why’s still showing some quite rideable looking sets at the point and along the beach. It’s not huge (maybe shoulder high on the bigger ones) and the quality is variable, but there are definitely waves to be had.

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Outlook for the remainder of the week in Sydney is a steady decline in swell power and size, but with luck it won’t really go totally flat.

Have yourself a top old day!

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Dec 18 2007

Junky but a few waves to be had…

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Hello Friends,

15-20 kts of southerly is not making for a pretty picture. The ocean looks pretty rough and even in the protected confines of Dee Why, it’s heaving around and slopping over a fair amount. That said, it isn’t so bad that people have been deterred from thrashing around in the even messier beachy. Sets are into the head high range on the bombs, so the prospect of such a section has lured a few takers.

The Bureau says the 15-20 kts of S-SE wind we’re seeing now in Sydney, should ease back by this afternoon. It would appear that the swell will stick around too.

Tomorrow the wind is due to go around to the E & NE at 10-20 kts. The Bureau currently expects that the SE swell should still be hanging in there as well. However, the general surf forecast trend is for the swell to swing east and fade steadily toward the weekend.

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

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Dec 17 2007

Mondayitis

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Hello Friends,

Breezy under grey skies this morning in Sydney. Wind is out of the SSW at 12-15 kts as of 0800, but the Bureau says it’ll accelerate to 25-33 kts before settling back to 20-30 kts from the S-SE. Overnight the wind change pushed up some south windswell. It’s around the 3 metre mark out at sea but they’re only 8 seconds apart.

There was one person at the point and a few others up the beach at Dee Why when I clambered up to grab a picture or two. The quality was less than inspiring, but you get that when the period drops below the 10 sec mark. Waves looked kind of weak and floppy.

Outlook is for conditions to remain around the same over the next  24-48 hours. The wind is set to gradually decrease and the swell should stay at roughly the same settings as now. From Weds on, it looks like another spell of weak and tiny waves for the Sydney region. Oh well, what can ya do? It is getting into summer after all.

Hope your day is a good one!

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Dec 16 2007

Still a little something…

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Hello Friends,

According to the buoy data, we should have pretty much the same conditions as yesterday afternoon. However, it looks smaller to me. Quite a crew bobbing around at Dee Why point and only the occasional thing in the waist high range coming in. Just spoke to Barry who can see up the beach toward the pole and he reckons he saw something there but that overall it’s looking pretty small.

Bureau says that this morning’s light wind will swing around to the NE by lunchtime and be up to pretty good speed (25-33 kts) ahead of a late southerly change.

Sounds like a simple formula: go now, or risk disappointment!

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Dec 15 2007

Saturday starts brilliantly

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Hello Friends,

Can you get down to the beach this morning? Good! It’ll be mobbed, but just about everywhere in the Sydney region  should have a little something to play on. And some spots will be a bit better than “little something”. Continue Reading »

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Dec 13 2007

Ok Huey, where’s the swell?

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Hello Friends,

An obvious change to energy levels this morning, but that wind… Bureau is calling for 15-20 kts of SE wind with a building SE swell.  However, the MHL buoy for Sydney is showing east swell at a couple metres and averaging 8 sec apart. There is some 12sec peak component in the mix according to the buoy and it may be that which is responsible for the shoulder high set I saw come through Dee Why point at around 0730.

From the look of the data, the average size up and down the NSW coast is around the 2 metres and average periods are around the 8 seconds we’re seeing in Sydney.

Unfortunately those SE winds are making the ocean look pretty ordinary even at relatively sheltered spots like Dee Why. So, junk surfing it is me hearties. Good training for sharpening the reflexes I guess.

The Bureau says we should see the SE wind back off to 10-15 kts tomorrow morning and by tomorrow afternoon be around to the NE. By then, according to a couple of the forecast models, we should have longer average periods and therefore better size. I dunno about you, but I generally prefer bigger junk over smaller junk!

One line theatre review: Saw “Keating” last night and the word of mouth that kept them extending the season is spot on – absolutely brilliant!

I’ll endeavour to update later if the schedule permits, in the meantime, go well with your day!

0730: junky Dee Why

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Dec 12 2007

Whadya know, grey again!

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Dee Why this morning

Hello Friends,

Same old, same old for Sydney surfers. Grey skies, 15-20 kts of SSE wind and a metre or so (at sea) of SE windswell. For Dee Why this means almost no one in the water because the conditions are so ordinary. Biggest sets I saw were in the waist high range. They were/are pretty soft and gutless looking.

As of this writing, there’s no real sign of imminent improvement in the live buoy data for the NSW coast. Average periods from Eden to Tweed Heads is rattling around under the 8 second mark.  The average size at sea ranges from a metre in the far north and far south to around the 2 metre mark in the central regions of the state.

The forecast models  continue to predict an influx of 2-3 metre east swell overnight. It’s due to stick around through Saturday, but the peak hours are likely to be from late tomorrow through Friday night. According to the Bureau we’ll have 13-18 kts of ESE wind (blergh) tomorrow and 10-20 kts ESE on Friday.  Not exactly a recipe for all time conditions, but there should be size around, and that’s a good thing!

Have yourself a top old day!

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Dec 11 2007

Grey, small, but not flat

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Hello Friends,

Once again with the grey skies. We probably have to get to used to these given the bedding in of a la Nina. There are some little waves showing at south exposed stretches this morning, but they’re pretty badly affected by the 20-30 kts of SE wind we’re currently enjoying in Sydney.  The Bureau says that Huey plans to throttle the wind back to 13-18 kts this evening. According to the MHL Sydney buoy, it’s averaging just on 2 metres of swell, but when you add in the seas, the peaks are hitting 4 metres. The killer is the 6 second period.

Happily, the forecast models are still saying we can expect the arrival of some juicy looking (on paper anyway) east swell peaking across Thursday-Friday but looking to last into Saturday at least. The Bureau says that we’ll have 10-20 kts of ESE wind on Thursday and only 5-15 kts on Friday…. liking the look of that…

Gotta get on with my day, so go well with yours and may all those grand plans play out to perfection!

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Dec 10 2007

Windy & tiny again…

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Hello Friends,

The quick version: knee to waist high east dribble and 20-30 kts of SE wind under grey skies. Yum.

The longer story: at midnight on Saturday, a little east swell arrived in Sydney. It was still averaging 10 sec apart when it got light enough to surf Sunday morning. But, from around midday, the energy started gradually to fade away. This morning it’s averaging around 7 seconds apart and even though it’s roughly the same size at sea as yesterday, that short period  is killing it. You’d be doing well to find anything in the chest high range, when that was the average at exposed spots yesterday.

Ah well. The week ahead is still looking hopeful… I’ll try to jump back later for some thoughts on that front…

go well!

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Dec 09 2007

Grey skies, but surf!

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Hello Friends,

As anticipated, a nice east pulse is filling into Sydney’s coast line this morning. Size is in the fun range thanks to the fact that the average power is close to 11 seconds, even though the average size at sea is only averaging around 1.5 metres.

There was quite a crew on the point at Dee Why when I checked around 0830. The sets I saw were into the head high range, so it looked well worth being patient and waiting for your chance to turn up. The beachy looked a bit smaller on average, but seems to be much less densely crowded.

From the look of the forecast, this morning could be the peak energy level for Sydneysiders but there should be waves around all day. The big issue is the wind forecast. The Bureau says that we could be looking at 20-25kts of NE’rly by this afternoon. Overnight we’re due for a wind change around to the SE at a similar intensity, so Monday may be somewhat ordinary. And, we’re set to have a steady supply of SE’ly wind through Weds.

The models are still calling for three days of east swell at power and size levels somewhat above what we have right now – from around Thursday. The wind forecast doesn’t look too awful, just the usual pattern of gradually building onshores through the day. Huey can always change his mind, but this pattern has been in the forecasts for a few days now, so I’m getting increasingly hopeful.

Get out there and have some fun!

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