Archive for April, 2008

Apr 26 2008

Sunny! Surf! Go!

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Hello Friends,

Sunny skies at long last – and waves. Swell is out of the ESE at a couple metres on average and the power setting is on 10 seconds. So, there are numerous fun looking surf options around. The Bureau has posted a big surf advisory, so beginners should be extremely cautious. However, intermediate to experienced folks should have no major dramas as the average sets seem to be in the shoulder to head high range for the most part.

More later I hope!

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Apr 25 2008

Dusk, Anzac Day

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Don wraps up the surf situation and looks at tomorrow’s prospects. Picture from this afternoon at Collaroy!

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Apr 25 2008

Anzac Day and a few waves to be had

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Hello Friends,

While they’re gathering at cenotaphs around the country, a few are marking the occasion in a more casual way by bobbing around in the ocean. Down at Dee Why, the conditions are looking somewhat less than appetising. The ocean is pretty junky and the swell is roughly where we left it yesterday afternoon. It’s out of the SE at around 2 metres and 8 seconds apart. Results where Dee Why is concerned are mostly waist high with the odd shoulder high set getting in. But the quality, thanks to the 15-20kts of SSE wind, is pretty ordinary.

The Bureau says the wind will decrease as the day goes along. Happily, the swell should stay at about the current levels for another day or so. And tomorrow we should, after two grey and rainy weeks, finally have a sunny day. Through in W/NW winds and conditions could be quite a bit more inviting than they are now.

One last call out for your injury stories! I’ll start having a look at them around midday with a view to publishing them this afternoon. It’d be great to have your contribution too…

Go well with your day!

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Apr 24 2008

Gloom, rain, but waves still

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Hello Friends,

We wake up to yet another morning of gloomy grey skies and occasional showers – and waves. The swell is still around the 2 metre mark, but the juice level has dropped from yesterday’s 10 sec average to around 8 sec. Happily there still seem to be some 12 sec period sets in the mix and the direction is out of the SE. For Dee Why this means the crowd at the point are looking at sets into the shoulder high range at least. The beach is a touch bigger than that.

Wind is out of the south at 10-15 kts and the call from the Bureau is for E/SE 15-20 kts by this afternoon.

I managed to get out another of my video forecasts late last night. To see what I reckon for the next 7 days, check it out on RealSurf.tv (link above, right). It starts with a few waves from yesterday at the Bower and Winki. All good fun.

What’s the opposite of fun? Getting sidelined from surfing, that’s what. The physio tells me I’m out for a month at least, but that doesn’t compare to what’s happened to some of you. Misery loves company, so tomorrow I’m hoping there will be some true tales of surf injury woe in my inbox. Have you been through the wringer thanks to our beloved activity? I’d like to share it with the world if it’s okay with you. Just have a quick read of the news item right about misery loving company and then add your story via the email link.

Have yourself a top old day!

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Apr 23 2008

1130 Fairy Bower

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Don is shooting a few at the Bower and reports in.

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Apr 23 2008

Solid swell for Sydney

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Hello Friends,

Short version: get out there if you possibly can. It is pumping right now. Swell hasn’t really picked up much in terms of size, but the period has popped from less than 8 seconds yesterday to 10 now. So, it ain’t junky. Wind is light too and the swell direction is around to the east, so there should be some fun options. I’m really hoping to get out there with my whizzy vid camera to shoot some clips for your enjoyment.

I’ll try to update later. Keep an eye on the podcast widget down the page, because I’m pretty likely to post some audio there.

Gotta jam! Have a top day!

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Apr 22 2008

another messy morning

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Hello Friends,

Huey’s not feeling too creative this morning. He’s left the settings pretty much where they’ve been for days now. Wind is out of the ESE to SE at 15-25 kts. And that’s already stronger than the Bureau’s call. Conditions are therefore very messy and confused. Swell is still averaging around 2 metres out at sea. The sea + swell is up toward the 4 metre mark, so I’d say it’d be pretty ordinary offshore. Good day to be a landlubber. The period is still averaging 8 seconds across the Sydney region. There is some 10 sec stuff mixed in with it, so those keen enough to be in the water this morning, should be seeing some sets into the head high range, or even a touch bigger.

The general outlook from the Bureau and the wave models is for more of the same this week. My plan is to work up another week-ahead video surf forecast for you later today, so I’ll leave more elaborate comments for then!

Hope you’re in for a great day! Go well and stay happy.

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Apr 21 2008

Dusk, Monday 21 April 08 report

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Conditions at Dee Why were not fabulous as Monday’s daylight started to fade. Cloudy, windy, showery… and pretty crowded given the generally messy and unappetizing looking conditions. Don wraps it up…

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Apr 21 2008

Much smaller, but not flat

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Hello Friends,

We’re in for more showers and grey skies this morning in Sydney. The swell seems to have backed off since yesterday afternoon – if Dee Why is any guide. Average size down there looks to be in the waist high range with the very occasional bigger one. Swell settings out at the MHL buoy are almost exactly the same as late yesterday afternoon when the sets looked to be a 0.5m bigger than what I’ve seen just now. The numbers are two metres on average, with 3 metre peaks from the ESE at 8-9sec.

On the good side, the junkiness factor seems to have diminished a little overnight and at 0800 there were very few people in the water. Surprisingly so, given the school holidays. Bureau’s call is for SW-SE at 10-15kts grading to 15-20 this afternoon.

Outlook for tomorrow is for the swell to drop back a little more and to swing closer to the east. If you’re interested in hearing my thoughts on the outlook for the week ahead, check out the vid-cast I posted to realsurf.tv last night. I’m trying to get one of these out every 2-3 days at the moment. And as you’ll see, I’m playing around with mixing in a little video footage as well as a few weather charts. Anyway, check it out at some point and lemme know what you think.

Have yourself a top old day, and go well with your plans!

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Apr 20 2008

dee why 1610, 20 april

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Don reports in about late arvo conditions

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