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May 09 2008

Yet another day of fun little waves

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Hello Friends,

How many days in a row is it now? I’ve lost count! Surf again in Sydney at a selected beach near you. At first light this morning there were a few bods having a go at Dee Why point and even fewer up the beach chasing down chest to shoulder high bomb sets. Mostly it’s in the waist to chest high range on the rideable ones. So, not big or anything, but reasonably surfable. (I’d be out there, if the shoulder allowed!)

To put some numbers on it, the MHL Sydney buoy is currently showing 2 metres at 9 seconds from the south. The Bureau warns that the swell will be fading today and looking at the data from south of Sydney, it would indeed appear that we’re at or near the peak for now.

I won’t go into the outlook here because late last night, I issued another of my look-ahead report from the models (plus some video of waves at Northy yesterday). You can check it out by hopping on the link to the story in our news section.

The wind call is for light W-SW early, grading to 10-15 kts later on.

Have yourself a top old day!

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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 20 2008

Showery Sunday with waves

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Hello Friends,

The swell is sticking around for Sydneysiders this morning. It’s a couple metres out at the MHL buoy, coming from the SE and about 8 seconds apart. The anticipated spike of longer period south swell did arrive, but it only lasted for an hour or two during the late evening hours. Sets at Dee Why are into the head high range on the bigger ones and it’s reasonably busy in the water. I wouldn’t be giving it a huge score because the conditions are generally pretty lumpy and messy. There isn’t too much wind to begin with, but the overnight dose of SE’ly hasn’t helped.

The Bureau’s call is for the SE’r to ease through the day and the swell to follow it down. So, it would seem that the plan is to get out there now.

Outlook for tomorrow is for the swell to be dropping into the chest high range on the average sets. Wind is due to be from the S-SE at 10-20 kts.

I will try to organise another of my podcast-vidcast-forecast thingees for this evening, so check back if that sounds interesting. I’m also just about done editing together a few waves I spotted on the 13th at Northy and Dee Why, so with luck, that’ll be posted to Realsurf.tv today as well.

One other thing to ask: do you have a good surf injury story (ideally one that’s happened to you or to a good mate)? If so, check out the news item I posted calling for folks like you to share the pain. My plan is to publish the best of the stories. Your deadline is this Friday, so get tapping on that keyboard!

Go well with your day!

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Apr 13 2008

What good waves look like…

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How 2 metres of east swell at 9 seconds looks at Dee Why point.

Hello Friends,

Ah! The swell has kicked up as expected overnight. Solid looking east lines powering in around the place. Go get wet immediately! Wind is currently very light but it’s due to kick up from the S-SW this afternoon. Tide’s coming in, so all the settings are there for a very nice morning’s surf opportunities in the Sydney region.

The MHL buoy is showing 2 metres at 9 seconds – exactly as anticipated in my 7-day outlook podcast (posted last night). Check it out!

Back later with a few piccies and such I hope.

Have yourself a great day!

2-metres east swell 9 sec and it\'s happening!

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Apr 12 2008

Goin’ surfin’ right now y’all

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amusing little closeouts at 0650 along the beach

Hello Friends,

It’s not big, but it’s certainly not flat this morning in Sydney. If you found waves there yesterday, go back today because Huey’s pretty much left all the settings the same. We have the same light winds to start with, the same amusing 1 metre 8sec east swell, and the same blue skies. It’s all good!

You oughta get out there asap.

I’ll post an update to the report later today, but I gotta go surfin’ right now!lovely little longboard waves on sets at the point

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Apr 07 2008

It should be flat, but it isn’t

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Long wait for these, but at least there are a few around.

Hello Friends,

Interesting. It’s really small and inconsistent at Dee Why this morning, but it’s not flat. I got a snap of someone pulling into a quick little closeout barrel at around 0645. For the most part this surfer and the half dozen others were doing a lot of waiting. But every now and then a longer period set turns up and there’s a chance to get a couple of turns in on a chest high section before it all ends on the sand.

A look at the Sydney buoy shows the average period is around the 8 second mark, but there is some 11+ sec component as well. The swell direction is just a touch off south and the average size has crept up by just a few cm over yesterday.

The Bureau’s call is for 15-20kts of SE’ly and around 1.5 metres of SE swell. The skies are mainly cloudy this morning, and that’s consistent with the Sydney region forecast of showers.

Outlook for tomorrow is more of the same weatherwise. We’ll have that same 15-20kts of SE along the beaches but the swell should push up a little more and be averaging closer to 2 metres.

For those of you rocking up to the site for the first time in a few days, I gotta tell you about my new podcasting toy. You can check it out by scrolling down the page a bit to find it in the right column. Should be pretty obvious how it works; but basically you just click on the play button and you’re listening. If you’re into rss feeds for grabbing podcasts, you can get the feed from my blog (http://blog.realsurf.com/category/podcasting-by-don/). Anyway, I did an intro podcast on Friday and subsequently have added a couple more, including one yesterday afternoon with my take on the surf prospects in Sydney for the next week. If you have any thoughts, suggestions, etc, I’d appreciate hearing them via our feedback link.

Have yourself a top old day!

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Apr 04 2008

Not too flash Friday

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4 April 2008 will not be remembered for great waves in Sydney...

Hello Friends,

By gee it looks ordinary  out there. The swell went south yesterday and the period has nudged up to an average of 7 seconds. But it’s only a metre at sea, so just about nothin’ is getting into the beaches of Sydney. Indeed, it looks like that could be said of just about the entire east coast. There’d be a few south facing spots up north that might possibly be worth a paddle, and maybe down the south coast you could find something. But most of us are looking at another day of tiny conditions.

The long range models are showing only a slight chance of improvement in the Sydney region toward the middle of next week. Again, it looks as though the best opportunities for a wave on the east coast will be from the mid-north coast up into SE Qld. Otherwise, if you want a wave, you’ll need to get to the western districts of Vic for some windblown size.

There is quite a large system being predicted to form east of NZ early next week, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it will arc up around and back toward us… hey, a guy can dream!

Looks a beautiful day in Sydney, apart from the surf situation, so have yourself a top one!

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Apr 02 2008

oh so little, but not utterly flat

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Hello Friends,

I was looking at the MHL Sydney data late last night and was getting a little hopeful for this morning. The average period was close to 10 sec and the average height of the south swell had crept up to around the 1.5 metre mark… but sadly, in the early hours of this morning, the buoy data shows that the average period has slumped back to around 7 seconds. Oh well.

There are a few little waves about though because the swell’s still just above the metre mark and has a touch more east to it. A few bods in the water at Dee Why as the sun appeared over the horizon, one of whom managed to jag a little waist high number as I pointed my vintage Century 650 lens in his direction. So, not quite as hopeless as one might expect from looking at the buoy data. That extra touch of east to the direction might open up a few more options too. Just don’t inflate the expectations above ‘very, very modest’ and you’ll be right.

Looks like a day to get in early if you can. The wind is out of the NW as I write this, but as the day goes along, it’ll swing to the north east and be into the 20-30 kt range by late. Nothing to compare to the winds down Victoria way apparently. The folks along the coast in far west Vic are looking at 40-50kts this morning!

A week or so ago, the models were looking more promising for the end of this week. But they’re now suggesting that the swell being pushed up by the next change will be SSW and therefore largely going away from the Sydney region.  It then looks to me as though we’ll be stuck with marginal conditions through the weekend. But early next week, those models are looking a bit more hopeful. They’re showing a broad area of mainly east swell developing up north and then spreading south to us around Monday-Tuesday. The forecast may turn out to be as illusory as the call last week for south swell… but we can live in hope!

A big shout out and huge best wishes to RealSurf’s very own birthday girl, Shari!

Have yourself a top old day, one and all.

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Dec 03 2007

Marginal again, but not flat

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Hello Friends,

There were a few waves around yesterday, particularly around noon, but it looks as though the fade that happened Sunday afternoon, has continued over night. The average height at sea is still only a metre, and the primary direction is still out of the SSE, but the average period which briefly reached 8 seconds on Sunday, is back to a choppy 6 seconds. The only saving grace is that there is still some 11 sec stuff in the mix. This was showing at Manly yesterday in the form of shoulder high sets every 10-15 mins. With luck, it’ll still be turning up every now and again this morning before the incoming tide swamps it. Dee Why beach is showing a few waist high sets at the moment, so there could be a bit more activity at beaches with better exposure to that long period component.

The outlook for the next few days along the east coast is for more of these marginal to near flat conditions. You’ve pretty much got to go around the corner and all the way over to western shores of Vic (and beyond) to see anything much of interest on the long range forecasts. Summer. What can ya do?

Meanwhile, I’m really wishing I could be over in my old homeland of southern California for what looks like some amazing conditions midweek.  How does 10-15 ft west swell at 14 sec grab ya? Ought to be spectacular at all those classic points and reefs in Santa Barbara county… whimper. Mavericks and the other big wave spots could be very seriously big if the forecast comes to pass.

Whatever part of the world you find yourself in today, here’s best wishes for lots of great waves in whatever form they may take!

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Oct 23 2007

23 Oct 07: nup

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Hello Friends,

Urggh. Six second period south windswell. The fact that it’s averaging a couple metres out at sea off Sydney, is pretty much beside the point. There isn’t much energy around at the moment along the east coast. According to the MHL buoy data, the longest average period is around the 8 second mark. This prevails in a zone from around Batemans Bay south to the border.

The wind along Sydney’s coastline is around the  10kt level from the south as I write this, it’s due to stay about this velocity from the SW in the morning and then to swing more to the SE while decreasing slightly.

Swell outlook for the next week or so around the Sydney region does not look too promising. The models are showing short periods and small wave heights for as far ahead as they can look. Again, it’s not looking like getting down to totally flat, but the outlook is for it not to be too much bigger than that. If you can get across the ditch to Kiwi land, it’s looking like there’s going to be mucho olas in the coming week. Far west SA could be pretty impressively big in the next couple days as well…

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