Archive for March, 2008

Mar 21 2008

Gloomy and small, but the dedicated few

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 pretty puny and windblown

Hello Friends,

Quite a contrast this morning to the last week or so for Sydneysiders. The change came through as expected and we have the grey skies, the odd light shower and blustery 20-30 kt southerlies. There are a few folk in the water at Dee Why, but while the swell has pushed up into the two metre range on average, the direction is of course dead south and the interval is only six seconds. So, what’s getting in, is pretty weak and small. But you can sort of catch some of them, so my hat’s off to the hardy crew who haven’t let the ordinary conditions stop ’em.

The call is for these conditions to persist through the next day or so. Not a recipe for surfing excitement, I grant you, but if you’re dedicated, it should be possible to find something sort of surfable. It’ll be windblown, messy and weak, but not totally flat.

Have yourself a great day!

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Mar 20 2008

Small for another week?

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micro scenes at DY again

Hello Friends,

First light and it’s looking pretty small around the place.  Primary swell direction has gone to the NE and the period is mumbling along at a paltry 6 seconds. Heights at sea are bouncing around from a metre to near two metres, but it’s nothing like that size on your average Sydney beach. If you jag something in the waist high range, you’re doing very well. The wind forecast is for light N-NW breezes before it swings to the NE and then builds into the 18-23 kt range by this evening.

Huey’s set to mix things up tomorrow though. Overnight we’re due to have a 25-33 kt south change. That should give us a little more energy, but I wouldn’t expect great quality. I reckon it’ll be junky and small most places. The models reckon the period will only be in the 6-7 sec range, and given that even comparatively long period dead south swell pretty much goes straight by most of Sydney, I’d be surprised if we get anything much above chest high tomorrow.

Meanwhile, it sounds as though they’ll finally get some waves at Bells – tomorrow. The models seem to be showing that it’ll be a pretty short pulse though…

The long weekend is hoving into view, so go forth, enjoy your day!

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Mar 19 2008

little but not flat

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Hello Friends,

The quick version: seems there are some little waves around the place in Sydney. Not very big – expect waist high for the most part – and not very consistent (plenty of opportunity to contemplate the horizon), but if the beach has some exposure to the NE, you could be in with a chance.

Out at sea from Sydney this morning, the MHL buoy is bobbing around in 7 sec, 1 metre chop. The Bureau says we’ll have light SE-NE wind int the morning, swinging NE this afternoon and getting into the 8-13 kt range.

Tomorrow looks like more of the same, but on Friday we should get a cool and showery south change and those conditions will then prevail through the weekend.

Gotta fly, have yourself a top old day!

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Mar 18 2008

Movement at the station… maybe not

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 set of the day?

Hello Friends,

What a beautiful morning in Sydney.  If only we had a little more swell. Actually, from the look of Dee Why, it isn’t utterly flat. Maybe I saw and photographed the set of the day, but I reckon it would’ve been comfortably chest high. No one was near it though, so I can’t be certain. The Manly buoy is showing about a metre of east swell at 8 seconds, interestingly the data also indicates some 10 sec component in the mix. Maybe that’s what I saw…

The Bureau says we’re in for our usual tot of 10-15 kt NE’ly building to 15-20 kts in the afternoon.

The present conditions are set to prevail in the Sydney region for another couple days. On late Thursday or Friday, a south change is set to rattle the windows, but probably not push up anything too exciting. Still, with luck, it should at least be into the surfable range.

We shall see…

Have yourself a top old day!

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Mar 17 2008

We’re into flatness good and proper

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Standup or not at all…

Standup paddle the only way to go this am at DY

Hello Friends,

If you don’t happen to have a standup paddleboard at your disposal this morning in Sydney, you’ll be struggling to catch anything much. With an average period at around 6 seconds and an average height at sea of barely a metre, the little east windswell washing into our shores isn’t exactly packing a punch.

The Bureau’s call is for a light NE’r early but as the day goes along, it should accelerate into 20-25 kt range. That should mean some small hope of a late afternoon uptick into the barely surfable range.

With the exception of the far northern regions, the latest long range surf outlook for the NSW coast  remains pretty bleak. A persistent high in the lower Tasman seem set to bumper the swell away from us for the next week at least. A couple of the models are showing a possibility of a little south windswell toward Friday, but at this stage it’s not looking too impressive – maybe into the waist to chest high range and onshore.

Happily for the Bells contest, Huey seems to be smiling in their direction. Late Thursday-Friday in particular looks particularly interesting…

Have yourself a top old day!

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Mar 16 2008

oh the flatness, the flatness

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 very small at Dee why

Sunny morning in Dee Why
Hello Friends,

Well, it appears that my traditional late Sunday start has been the thing to do. As the others have already reported, it’s very, very tiny in our corner of the world today. Sadly, the forecasts have proven correct. The MHL buoy off Sydney is showing less than a metre of 6 sec period east wind chop.

I had been hoping that a big low in the southern ocean might be a factor for us toward next weekend, but the latest round of the models suggests it will wash the shores of Kiwi land instead (hello Bruce!) and then, a few days later, turn up at Malibu, Trestles et al.

The big low should dish up some pretty impressive size for Bells on Thursday… could be quite a day for spectating.

Tomorrow’s outlook for the Sydney region is pretty dire. In fact the ordinariness extends from the mid north coast to Gippsland, but if you’re going to find yourself waking up in any of the surf zones from about Ballina north, it looks as though you’ll have something to smile about…

Have yourself a top old day, and go well y’all!

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Mar 13 2008

Get ’em while you can!

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Hello Friends,

Incoming tide this morning in Sydney and a little ESE windswell are creating a few opportunities around the place. The MHL buoy is showing a metre or so of 8 sec period stuff, so I reckon it’ll be pretty similar to yesterday’s offering. PB and I caught a few sluggish little things at Dee Why yesterday but the water was warm and relatively clear. Should be worth a paddle for the sheer pleasure of being in the ocean.

Have to say that I’m not too excited about the outlook for the next few days. I reckon it’ll get smaller and more marginal as the weekend goes along. Not a great deal on Sydney’s plate for next week either. As noted yesterday, the best place to be on the east coast over the next week looks like being from about Ballina north.

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Go well with your day and keep on smilin’ through it all.

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Mar 12 2008

Weds & a few to be had.

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Not entirely flat at Dee Why this morning…

Hello Friends,

There are some small waves around this morning at Sydney spots that like east swell. It looks as though the better ones are into the chest high range. Wind is light SW to begin with but the forecast is for the NE’r to get going later.

From the look of the forecast models, the best place to be on the east coast in the coming week is north of about Ballina.  As you move south from there, the outlook for waves becomes steadily less inspiring. If you’re in the Sydney region, I’d be making an effort today because from tomorrow afternoon or thereabouts, it looks like days of flatness for as far ahead as the models go. In fact, it appears that this fairly dire situation will extend all the way around to western Vic.

Go well!

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Mar 10 2008

the last report from Noosa…

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Hello Friends,

Looks like a day of light winds in the morning, turning nor’east in the afternoon. Swell prospects are pretty ordinary. The Bureau reckons around a metre of SE swell is on the cards. The MHL buoy off Sydney is off the air, but the one down at Port Kembla is showing an average of around 7 seconds. There is some long period component in the mix, so it could be that patient waiting around might be rewarded with the occasional set wave into the surfable range. As well, the models are showing a little long period pulse starting to fill into the Sydney region from around lunch time. They’re talking 15 sec, so if that happens, you could get lucky at south facing spots.

From tomorrow it looks as though we might have a small improvement to surf prospects as the swell swings around to the ENE and gets into the 1.5 metre range at 8-9 seconds. Wednesday could have some okay little waves at spots that like E-ENE swell.

Meanwhile, up in Noosa your correspondent was persuaded to get up at the crack of weirdness for a wave. Yesterday the swell started to pick up and in the late afternoon there were some impressive set waves reeling down the point at National Park. This morning it was a race against a ridiculously high tide. The swell is still around, but has probably backed off a little. Now, wipe that vision of a glittering tropical morning and azure waters from your mind. Picture instead a scene from the dawn of the paleozoic. The rain is sheeting down as dozens and dozens of people pick their way over the treacherously slick rocks to the water’s edge. Through the mist and bucketing rain one can make out waist to chest high lines. It’s just gone daybreak, but  the water is already well populated.

We paddle out in the bath-warm water as the thunder sounds an ominous bass note. It turns out that catching waves isn’t too hard (maybe I was lucky) because a fair number of them are sectioning off as people come down the point. I get a couple fun ones but when I stop to try to take a picture for you it is so absurdly dark that the flash goes off. Please direct any complaints to the lighting tech. As I’m sitting there contemplating the rain draped shoreline and counting the seconds between lightning flashes and thunder (11-15), a smiling chap paddles up to me on a twin-fin fish that he’d been using to excellent effect earlier and asks if I’m Don. My confession to the affirmative out of the way, it transpires that he is Andrew of Fairlight and has apparently been a regular visitor to this little website. We have a nice chat and then he paddles into yet another wave and disappears down the line into the rain.  I later realise that this is the furthest north in Oz I’ve had this happen.

Shortly thereafter the indefatigable Tim Bonython motors past on his kneeboard. Good for the mals he opines cheerfully before he too jags a nice one and rapidly disappears from view.

There’s not much to say about the rest of my session. I get a few more at Nationals, and then surf my way down to First Point. It is dominated by chaps and chapettes on mals, so I make do with something at the back of the bottom drawer and at length prone in.

Here endeth my final postcard from Noosa. I hope you have yourself an absolutely top day!

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Mar 02 2008

Drippy dawn, rain to go, surf to continue

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Hello Friends,

Drippy and cold at dawn along the northern beaches. Rain is due to go away during the morning and the current light SW breeze is set to swing to the SE and  get up into the 15-20 kt range. Should be an excellent day to find an hour or two to spend picking up any rubbish you can spot along your favourite beach. Have a look at my report yesterday for full details, but one lucky collector should find themselves with a free pair of tix to the Jack Johnson show week after next.

Back to the swell situation… we still have much the same as yesterday, namely a couple metres of 9 sec period straight south swell. This is producing the occasional waist to chest high thing at Dee Why, so I’d be thinking it’d be just as interesting at other south magnets. Plus, there should still be a few bombs into the solidly overhead range – particularly at the aforesaid magnets.

Okay, gotta jam as the plan is for RealSurf to roll north toward  the border as we head to the Noosa Festival of Surfing wherefrom we shall be reporting and commenting etc all next week. I’m liking the look of Tuesday…

Go well and grab some rubbish off a beach you love!

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