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Sep 12 2008

Boxhead silent movie

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Super stuttercam courtesy of my little Olympus 725SW…

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May 12 2008

Still some waves in Sydney

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Hello Friends,

It was supposed to be grey, rainy and small this morning, but instead, happily, there’s sunshine and a few chest high bomb sets along the Dee Why stretch. The reason for the waves? Huey decided to pulse the period setting up to 10 seconds. I’d seen that pulse on the models when I did the long range forecast on the 8th. But last night when I updated things, it didn’t look as though it was going to happen. Onya Huey!

Anyway, swell is still out of the SSE and it’s gone up a touch to around 1.5 metres on average. The interesting thing is that there is some very long period stuff showing on the Sydney buoy (14 sec), so if you’re in the right spot, who knows, you might do better than a shoulder high set.

The Bureau says that we could get a shower or two, but sunny breaks will be common. Oh, and there will only be light and variable winds all day…

Outlook for tomorrow is for smaller and weaker… and the remainder of the week… east coasters, brace yourselves… it’s looking very sad for us. I hope the models have it wrong, but if you’re curious, you can check out my latest forecast by following the link and going to realsurf.tv where I posted it last night.

Go well with your day!

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Mar 01 2008

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Hello Friends,
South swell is lighting up a few spots this morning, but the wind will be an issue. It’s missing lots of spots, but where it’s hitting, waves are into the head high plus range. Wind is going to get around to the south and pick up, so that will further reduce the surf options.

Don’t forget to pick up any plastic you find at the beach today and then turn out tomorrow to find some more for Surfrider’s Surfrider’s international “Rise above Plastics” campaign. If you’re on the Northern Beaches doing the good thing tomorrow, keep an eye out for two tickets to Jack Johnson’s show on 15 March. Here’s the story direct from Surfrider:

SURFRIDER FOUNDATION & JACK JOHNSON HELP CLEAN UP AUSTRALIA

 

 

The Surfrider Foundation is offering a double pass to Jack Johnson’s Sydney Concert for one industrious beach Clean Up Australia volunteer.

 

A Surfrider sticker will be attached to a piece of plastic litter on one of Sydney’s northern beaches or lagoons and whoever picks it up on Sunday can ring the number on the sticker to claim a double pass to Johnson’s Concert in Centennial Park on March 15.

 

Singer-songwriter Jack Johnson, dubbed “the world’s mellowest superstar” is a Hawaiian national, a committed environmentalist and a long time supporter of Surfrider Foundation.

 

He is using his world tour to highlight Surfrider’s international “Rise above Plastics” campaign.

 

Scientists have named plastics the number one threat to the marine environment.

 

The Northern Beaches Branch of Surfrider Foundation will be out in force on Sunday helping with the annual clean up. Local President, Brendan Donohoe urged surfers everywhere to pick up any plastic they see to remove the chance of it ending up in the ocean.

 

“ More and more we are hearing about the disastrous effect plastics have on marine environments –  from the massive ‘ Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ the size of Wales floating off the coast of California, to the micro plastic particles that enter the food chain in the tiniest of marine creatures.”

 

“It’s time to rise above plastics! So much plastic in our life is not recycled nor indeed was it ever designed to be” said Mr Donohoe.

 

“Surfers everywhere derive so much joy from the ocean the least we can do is help clean up our own backyard,” he added.

—ends—

Those of you who heard me blathering on ABC 702 this morning about the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre, might like to have a look at this story on SMH:

http://www.smh.com.au/news/environment/the-plastic-killing-fields/
2007/12/28/1198778702627.html?page=fullpage

Other folk will be doing a bit of cleaning up around the place too… if you’re landlocked, check out where to go at http://www.cleanuptheworld.org/en/

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Nov 05 2007

South Narrabeen vid online at RealSurf.tv

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Head on over to RealSurf.tv to see my latest video… some cute little crunchers on the sand at South Narrabeen…

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Jul 14 2007

VIDEO: Huge South Narra, 12 July 2007

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The biggest, cleanest day seen at South Narrabeen in a very, very long time…

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On 12 July 2007, a powerful SE swell hit Sydney. Most places were just too big to surf, but one spot on the Northern Beaches was firing – South Narrabeen (aka Gardens). Typically a mainly small and undistinguished beachbreak, it was a doing a very passable imitation of Puerto Escondido. I was able to shoot a little video as PB took on the stills shooting duties. Hope you enjoy it!

…oh yeah… while it was smaller, it was pretty good the next day … I shot that too … and then there was the day after that… yep! All for you to look forward to!

Say! Speaking of things to look forward to, thanks to the wonder of PayPal you can now shout me a beer, a coffee or enough for another DV tape. So c’mon, ain’t I been good to ya? 😉 G’on, kick a little encouragement/thanks into my futurevideo fund! No set amount expected, no amount rejected, anything and everything will be gratefully received. Cheers!
-Don





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Jul 06 2007

It’s all happening at Winki Pop

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Winkipop goes off…

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As the swell kicked into gear this morning, it was a tough call as to where a Northern Beaches surfer should go. I’ve been out at Dee Why a heap of times recently, so I wanted to give that a rest – despite it obviously being one of the spots for a wave this side of the bridge.

Opted for Fairy Bower instead, even though I knew the south swell would be an issue…

Fair number of people in the water by the time PB and I made it out the back. And, as expected, the south was mostly pushing past. Other spots were bigger but the Bower had the virtue of being relatively easy to paddle out to and there was at least the hope of a wave. As it happened I only caught one. Worst result for me in a long, long time. Fortunately though, that will fade into memory, while this video clip will still be around to enjoy later!

As you’ll see when you watch it, the most interesting stuff was coming through Winki. There were some waves at Deadmans, but it would’ve been a long paddle to go up and shoot them, and they really didn’t look as interesting as Winki.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy it!

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Jun 30 2007

Dee Why point as good as it gets

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28 June 2007 and Dee Why point was firing. We’d had great swell all month, but this was something out of the box. Plenty of people in the water, but it was incredibly consistent. I spent about two hours in the water, during which time I captured close to half an hour of clips. These are the highlights.

The video was made with a Canon PowerShot S1 IS in a water housing. The moody soundtrack comes from Dave Kowalski. Editing is all my fault.

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Jun 24 2007

VIDEO: 23 June 2007, Dee Why point gets big

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23jun07dypbignicesection.jpgGot real big at Dee Why point, so I swam out to catch a little of the action with my trusty Canon S1 IS in its housing…

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Jun 18 2007

Video: Fairy Bower – sweet!

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Swell was out of the east at 3-4 metres and around 9 seconds apart. Dee Why and Curly were okay, but not really firing. Kinda lumpy looking but sizable. So, headed down to Manly to see if the Bower was doing much. Tide was high when we paddled out, but you could see the quality was there. It was offshore, sometimes strongly at times, and the skies were very grey and sometimes showery. It was crowded, but there were some very fun waves to be had at the Bower, and up at Deadmans, the bodyboarders were getting into it in a big way. Anyway, here’s a little taste of the day…

-Don

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Jun 17 2007

Magic Monday, Pt. 1: Palmy to Avalon

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Monday the 11 of June 2007 was just one of those special days in Sydney. It was a holiday, the weather was beautiful, but best of all, we had a fun size SE swell. I’ve always wanted to see if I could shoot a little bit of video at every one of the northern beaches in a single day…

As it turns out, I did manage to get from Palm Beach to Manly (the light was just about gone at the Bower) and to shoot a little something at every place I saw people in the water (the only possible exception was the tip of Long Reef).

Herewith the first installment of my little effort. Music is by Dave Kowalski, while video shooting and “editing” is by moi. For those curious about such things, all the surfing and beach panoramas were shot with a 3 megapixel Canon PowerShot S1 IS in its 640×480 x 30 fps video mode. The shots from the car were made with a Nokia N95 which also captures video at the same resolution as the Canon. The edit, as usual, was pulled together with Apple’s QuickTime Pro.

Stay tuned for more installments and in the meantime… Enjoy!

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