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Discussion in 'Weather' started by Belly, Jun 1, 2017.
And uncrowded...... I'd even consider paddling out.
Over 3 foot always keeps most of the punters on the sand. So much room for activities!
At the Northern Beaches Secret Spot it wouldn't have been as big as that, around 3' on the sets. Glassy to light offshore at the south end though so pretty nice conditions. I surfed in front of the surf club with about 1/2 of our usual Friday morning early group; the others went down to Kiddies' Corner which looked too slow and full to me even though it was offering fairly long rides: they said afterwards they had fun.
Definitely a good step up in size and push since I last surfed on Wednesday morning. Apparently yesterday afternoon around 5pm there was a window that it was really good just before the southerly smashed it up.
Here comes the stiffening trade winds, finally.
10-15 Feb holds potential for a steep rise in Pacific trade activity - with it comes the potential for good Pacific ground swell for Eastern Aus but perhaps large surf for NZ's Coromandel Peninsula.
That looks epic!
@nfip booked into Kings for a few nights after Easter long weekend.
It's during school holidays but shouldn't be too bad, I reckon I could snif out a wave at a few select locales nearby
Best time of the year to be cruising around these parts.
Absolutely. Hope to get some E/NE swells to light up some of my Sth Coast faves.
First trip down south in about 8 years. I think last trip was about 2010 Easter and got a cabin at Kioloa Cabins. I remember surfing Bawley on the lid, about 3-4ft sets and pretty heavy, only a couple out
Quiet in here today... I hope everyone is our surfing or having an apres-surf nap.
Anyway, we surfed this morning (Northern Beaches Secret Spot) had about 90 minutes at Kiddies’ Corner from 6:30 - it was too dark to paddle out much earlier. Was 3’+ on the sets, on and off drizzle, very little wind but really bumpy and current-affected waves especially on takeoff. The rest of the beach wasn’t in any way surfable - just a washing machine of doom with dark murky water, lots of sand churning through it, and a generally sharky vibe to it.
For our session a couple of my friends did pretty well sitting in a bit and taking the biggest ones as white water then riding the really pretty good 2’-ish reforms, fading in towards the rock pool then having an easy paddle back out in the rip. I persevered with sitting further out and taking some silly sucky drops and getting either quite ok waves or very short odd ones that started very exciting then fizzled out to nothing.
Our beginner impressed us all (and herself again) with some gutsy attempts, some pretty good riding and a couple of big workings. At some point she picked up a fair bruise over her cheekbone but nobody noticed it (including her) until later at coffee and cake.
There was a pretty big SLSC carnival on today too. They had optimistically set up straight out from the surf club where really it was too big and crunchy. Around when we got out of the water at 8am they were wisely moving down to much closer to Kiddies’ Corner and by the time we went home they were more-or-less dominating that area with events, support rubber duckies going in and out and so on. Glad we got our session in earlier.
It surfed a fair bit better than it looked and the regulars who checked it but went home definitely missed out, as I will take some pleasure in pointing out to them tomorrow morning
Nice return of swell today on the south coast, peaky little nuggets yeew
How’s that sand bank just off the point at Werri
3’-ish and pretty fun at the NBSS this morning. More-or-less usual suspects only surfing early. Very thick mist- I couldn’t really see my line-up landmarks from out the back - and zero wind.
I surfed straight out from the south end surf club (as near as I could tell anyway) and had about 90 minutes of good fun. A couple of my friends weren’t feeling it - admittedly the takeoffs were pretty steep and jacking up suddenly - so they didn’t stay in the water too long. I enjoyed it though, however it felt like it should have been better than it was. Less of an outward current under the bank I was surfing would have made it much more rippable, by letting me keep a bit more board speed.
Yesterday and today I surfed with a nice guy on a mini-mal who I got to talk to a bit today between sets. Turns out he lives in Berridale (for the last 18 years) and was just up in Sydney for the weekend. Told him I have had my caravan there since the mid 80’s and we had a nice chat about Berridale, skiing, etc. Nice bonus for what was a pretty good session for me anyway (AND there were chocolate brownies at the shop this morning to accompany my coffee, winning!)
North Cronulla wasn't too bad this am. Pity I was 40kms from home on a push bike or I might have dived in. Chest high, off shore, reasonable banks and uncrowded (well in a Bondi kind of uncrowded way).
So fun! But the whole town is onto it
Went for a paddle at Easty this morning @W0nkey D0nkey but was pretty ordinary overall, the odd set but mostly rippy, bumpy and disorganised. Looks like I missed the weekend pulse ugh, can't win
Looks like @SAsurfa and his Man town stretch did pretty well over the weekend! Nice pics in the SN forecast thread.
Hang in there guys, only another month until our favorite time of year rolls around - Autumn gold
Had an ok'ish late session at Crescent yesterday and went to a back beach this morning for some fun rights and lefts.
Yew looks good! And uncrowded!
Head south young man and check out Q's
Yep, that was. Had my first solo session at Crescent this arvo thanks to howling NE'rs, actually got some fun runners
I got fun waves this arvo, Easty. Water a bit cold in boardies though.
Get a wind change, tide drop and an extra foot or so of swell and no worries.
Yep I see Q is that first photo Belly. I've been out of town the last two weekends and scored. Always worth the effort
The arvo lower tide must have helped, as the morning high just made it feel even weaker
Q's is the best @Belly @SAsurfa but there are a few other spots that can get good up the road if you have the time to look
Looks like fun waves this morning on the Man Town stretch @SAsurfa going off the Sprout_Daily report
Here you guys go.
From a few years back, I think Dec 2013 (previously posted)
Everywhere else was tiny, but of course this select locale was pulling in 2-3ft sets
Such a magnet
Had another ok'ish surf at Crescent this arvo, the wind clocked around to a light east and the swell kicked half a foot but I'm just putting that down to the ebbs and flows of a trade swell. It was just surfable but I'll take it, could be worse.
Must be time for dinner at the Country club
smells n tastes better than Molonglo offerings .
Ha, my boy not so good in those settings
Bring him down here mate, plenty of good kid friendly venues. Towradgi Beach hotel even has a kids club you can check him into
The term 'morning sickness' wasn't really a thing I was aware of growing up in Vic and pre mass media, but man Crescent looked poor this morning on the dawn check. Kind of reflected in the Port Macquarie report. But we went for a family walk at 8am and it was more than surfable on the outside but the inside was struggling on the incoming (big) tide. The Port Macquarie surf report is calling it 1-2 ft but now the ocean is organising itself I'd say a steady 2ft with the chance of an odd bigger one. Hopefully the winds stay manageable for an afternoon session.
My other random observation from this trip is how spoilt we are for AWS's on the south coast (and while I'm at it what is it with no radar between Williamtown and Grafton!). Being a surfing dad a half hour shift here or there can mean a big difference within my limited windows. As opposed to sitting out at Delicate Nobby with my lab and being able to milk the entirety of the daylight window. The Coffs, Port M and Williamtown can provide fair indicators but I guess I'm used to having the genuine offshore indicator like a Montague Island.
Nice little 2' pulse this morning a Bondage. Surf pretty much killed by 9 am high and sets few and far between, but a nice line when they did arrive.
Water temps very nice
The Northern Beaches Secret Spot was small and weak this morning, a bit over a foot at best. Very nice water, glassy, but weirdly there was a swarm of bluebottles right in the lineup of the best bank on the beach (and nowhere else). We paddled right out into them - not realising they were there - and decided after a couple of waves each that it was unsurfable there because of them, so paddled 50 up the beach where the waves weren't as good but zero bluebottles. Still worth a paddle though
I have a tip.
keep a bottle of water handy in the car , or even better lay it on the sand or on the dash to heat up.
If stung then you at least have a first aid "hot water" go-to till you can get to a shower or other hot water supply.
Could be our first cyclone brewing next week.......
@FourSquare04 @W0nkey D0nkey new SE swell in water. Should be 2-3ft down your way.
Yeah maybe 3 foot ish at Molly this morning.
Must have come up during the morning 'cause between 9am - 10am it was about 1-1.5ft and weak. Damn, another pulse missed
Late today, still there tomorrow AM as well.
it started picking up my way around 11am,plus only light winds.
Looks really nice down the Loke. 3ft
Get a few for me
Did get a few nice ones, had to come in for Easty Boardriders rego. You should sign up mate.
Yeah went for a swim at W. At 4pm.
Water was epic.
You could feel the new south swell.
Warm water was flushing in.
Was deffs a south swell around here, Easty heaps bigger than Woonona
W hates south swell. .For shizzle
Water has warmed up nicely on the MNC, today in particular. I have surfed Crescent four days consecutively and whilst I've had it better (as mentioned by @FourSquare04 it definitely prefers a decent SE swell) it performs well with the mediocre but consistent summer E trade swell and E/NE'r wind. It just keeps breaking and giving. I surfed for 2.5 hours yesterday arvo and just under 2 hours this arvo and I'm really really cooked!!
went down North end hoping there would be something.
was low tide closeouts and two massive rips tearing it apart.
the board stayed in the car.
ended up sitting chatting to couple of the crew ...
Bommie and others that favour the directions and tides would have been doing something