Archive for May, 2008

May 31 2008

0730 Sat surf call for ABC 702

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Don chats surf prospects for Saturday and the week ahead with Ian on ABC 702’s weekend show

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May 31 2008

All’s quiet on the eastern front

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Very tiny at Dee Why this am

Hello Friends,

I was interested to see that a long period pulse picked by the wave height forecast models a week ago has turned up at the MHL buoy. Sadly, if it is producing any sets, there’s no sign at Dee Why. Average size of the SSE swell at sea is running around the 0.5 metre mark at 10 sec apart. Too small to be of any use to us I’m afraid. I guess if you were really desperate, you could haul out the mal and have a look at south facing stretches for something in the knee to waist high range (on the bomb sets).

Not a lot of joy for kiters and other wind consumers either. Outlook is for light westerlies this morning, swinging SE and getting to around 10-15kts in the afternoon.

All the action is up the coast toward the Qld border. Wind’s out of the SE at 20-30 kts, but the swell is ramping up pretty quickly as that trough gets to work offshore. Period’s not brilliant, so I’d expect it to be pretty wind swell-esque. But you lucky pups are at least looking at 3-4 days of swell energy coming your way.

Not sure how much of that stuff will get down our way though. I’m feeling pretty cautious about the chances of much, but as of last night when I worked up the latest podcast, it looked as though our best shot will be Tue-Wed.

Go well with your day, and stay happy.

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May 30 2008

Friday’s week ahead surf forecast

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Don pumps out another quick scan of the wave forecast models for the week ahead…

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May 30 2008

How keen are ya?

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Not too happening at Dee Why

Hello Friends,

Looks like a great day for east coasters to catch up on non-surfing pursuits. It’s mighty tiny from stem to stern kids. At Dee Why there were a few extra keen types out rustling ripples with their mals. Out at sea off Sydney the MHL buoy is showing a low swell (touch under a metre) with a power setting of just 7 seconds on average. To the extent it matters, the primary direction is a generally useful SE. Useful, that is, when there’s something in the surfable range.

Things kinda got away from me yesterday, so there wasn’t time to come up with a report on how the forecast models are looking. With luck I’ll be able to get on to that today.

On a more serious note, I know that many of you have been following the news on Daz Longbottom (aka Longbum) on our forums. After checking the idea out with a couple of his close mates who are closely involved with coordinating things on his behalf, I whipped up a quick little web site for them to use if they want. You’ll find it at catdaz.com.

Have yourself a top old day!

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May 29 2008

Small but not utterly flat

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Hello Friends,

Pretty small this morning at Dee Why. And yet, when you look at the MHL data, it’s not _that_ much smaller than yesterday at this time. Swell height is maybe 0.3 metre smaller than this time yesterday when there were shoulder high sets. Period is down from a touch over 9 sec to better than 8 seconds – so no significant change there I wouldn’t have thought. Direction is still a favourable SE. But, the best set wave I saw while waiting to grab the picture this morning, was maybe waist high. And it looks as though the beachy is not a lot bigger. The final clue is that there are very few people in the water. A couple at the point and a couple up the beach from kiddies were pretty much it at 0730…

The trend looks to be for a steady decline in the Sydney region toward flatness across the weekend. But you folk living the good life in Queensland may finally have some sort of energy to play with (if you like wind). This from the Bureau’s summary:

“A trough is expected to develop off the south Queensland coast on Friday. A Low is expected to develop within this trough on Sunday. This will increase the winds on the far north coast on Sunday, possibly reaching gale force. ”

Sounds interesting… and if it persists as presently foreshadowed in the models, then we might have some fun little ENE swell in Sydney early next week…

Have yourself a top old day and may all your fine plans play out to your satisfaction!

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May 28 2008

More fun on tap

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another day of light winds and fun size swell

Hello Friends,

Swell has kicked on overnight, so this morning sees conditions not dissimilar to yesterday’s good-enough-to-bottle swell. Average height at sea is a modest 1.5 metres from the SE and the period is still around the 9 sec mark in the Sydney region. It looks as though these conditions should last through the day too.

So, what about the wind situation? Ah, glad you asked. Would you like light and variable all day? Done. You’ve got it. Go surfin’ when your schedule permits. There should be heaps of alternatives to choose from.

Get out there if you can and go well with whatever comes your way!

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May 27 2008

Waves have picked up again

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Hello Friends,

Good news on the surf front, Huey’s pumped up the power this morning (as anticipated) and there are some head high plus sets around at beaches that like SSE swell. Average size is around the two metre mark out at sea, but the period has kicked to 10seconds in the Sydney region (seems to be a bit shorter elsewhere up and down the coast). Waves look reasonably juicy where Dee Why’s concerned.

From the look of the current batch of forecast models, it would appear that we’ll have waves at about this size and power all day and into tomorrow morning, before a gradual decline sets in, heading toward flatness for Friday.

Get out there and get amongst it if you can!

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May 26 2008

Whadya know, still some waves

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Hello Friends,

The surf situation this morning in Sydney is rather similar to last night at close of play. It’s still about a metre at sea, the period is still about 8 seconds and the direction is still out of the SSE. Wind is barely a breeze as I write this, and the Bureau says it’ll only get up to 5-10 kts from the NW-NE.

Down at Dee Why, the joint is looking pretty quiet. There were three folks taking turns at the point and at daybreak, no one seemed to be in the  beachy. Size is around the waist high range but there could be a few chest high sets in amongst it today.

The outlook for a little improvement to size is still on the cards for later and into tomorrow. Not huge you understand, but maybe into the head high range on the bigger ones if we’re lucky. I pushed out another forecast last night, so wander over to the news section to find the link…

Speaking of news, moves are afoot for a major fundraiser evening on behalf of Daz Longbottom (Longbum on the forums) who copped what sounds to be a horrific spinal injury last week. I highly recommend reading the entire thread now unfolding on the forums ( http://tinyurl.com/4xdjyj ) under LONGBUM IN HORROR SURF ACCIDENT. The stories of extraordinary bravery and generosity should be read. And then, the practical stuff. Much will need to be done. Our thoughts are with you mate, may you have a swift recovery.

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May 25 2008

northy 1315 Sun

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Busy but fun looking as Don reports (listen)

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May 25 2008

Surf to be had

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Hello Friends,

Have to make this quick. Looks as though there are still some nice looking wave options on tap for the folk who got up early and went to Dee Why. Sets are into the shoulder high range (again), wind is not a factor early (again) and it’s not super crowded (again). So, get out there – again!

Here are the numbers: Se, 2 metres, 8-9 sec.

And the Bureau sez for Sydney:

Wind: W/SW 5/10 knots tending NE in the afternoon. Sea: less than 1 metre. Swell: S 1 to 2 metres.

Keep an eye on the plans to help out Daz (Longbum) and family now being reported in the forums under the topic
» LONGBUM IN HORROR SURF ACCIDENT

If you’re in Dee Why, check out the Council’s environment expo just back from the beach. Reports are that it has lots of interesting stuff on display for kids and grownups alike…

Go well!

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