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Re: Where did you surf today ?

Post by steve shearer » Wed Aug 19, 2020 6:16 am

it was pretty much board short conditions here yesterday.

water will get colder here once the spring northerlies kick along the ekman transport.
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Re: Where did you surf today ?

Post by Thud » Wed Aug 19, 2020 7:23 am

Think it’s hovering between 16-17 this week. Pretty sure August is the coldest month of the year water wise Sydney/Cen Coast area
marauding mullet wrote:
Sun Nov 22, 2020 9:57 pm

….this was pushing off the wall not diving in.

...running out of breath underwater hasn’t been an issue. Not too bad for a 62 y/o who surfs irregularly.

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Re: Where did you surf today ?

Post by Cranked » Wed Aug 19, 2020 8:02 am

steve shearer wrote:
Wed Aug 19, 2020 6:16 am
it was pretty much board short conditions here yesterday.

water will get colder here once the spring northerlies kick along the ekman transport.
Fascinating:

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Upwelling

Coastal upwelling occurs where Ekman transport moves surface waters awayfrom the coast; surface waters are replaced by water that wells up frombelow.

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Downwelling

Coastal downwelling occurs where Ekman transport moves surface waterstowards the coast; water piles up and sinks below the surface current.

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Re: Where did you surf today ?

Post by Thud » Wed Aug 19, 2020 8:59 am

Yep the old “shouldnt it be warmer coming from the north?”

“no son, it’s from deeper water”

I’m in some sort rubber to January.
marauding mullet wrote:
Sun Nov 22, 2020 9:57 pm

….this was pushing off the wall not diving in.

...running out of breath underwater hasn’t been an issue. Not too bad for a 62 y/o who surfs irregularly.

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Re: Where did you surf today ?

Post by channels » Wed Aug 19, 2020 10:54 am

Super fun this morning. Chest to head high, not much crowd, north west winds steady with a bit of spring warmth in it.

And my piece of shit wettie was handling the conditions fine for a change. I always have a problem buying a wettie at this time of year knowing it's about to go in the cupboard until April.

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Re: Where did you surf today ?

Post by Thud » Wed Aug 19, 2020 12:08 pm

Are you one of those blokes who see’s a person in rubber come September and shakes his head?
marauding mullet wrote:
Sun Nov 22, 2020 9:57 pm

….this was pushing off the wall not diving in.

...running out of breath underwater hasn’t been an issue. Not too bad for a 62 y/o who surfs irregularly.

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Re: Where did you surf today ?

Post by channels » Wed Aug 19, 2020 1:20 pm

Nah, generally steamer May to Aug. September to Oct/Nov is springsuit territory unless it’s a dawnie.

December to Apr is generally boardies and 1 mm vest for sun protection.

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Re: Where did you surf today ?

Post by channels » Wed Aug 19, 2020 1:21 pm

My Xcel springie has the furry lining, easy to overheat in it.

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Re: Where did you surf today ?

Post by Trev » Wed Aug 19, 2020 2:15 pm

Boardies and Rashie today.
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Re: Where did you surf today ?

Post by mario » Wed Aug 19, 2020 6:34 pm

My turn to work from home for a while . Got out at 6 to a nice 3-4 foot surf albeit a little on the full side with a few guys out . Also means lunchtime surf time too . Was better than this morning with size still holding . Empty lineup too ! Hope the wind backs off and tomorrows on again .

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Re: Where did you surf today ?

Post by Beanpole » Wed Aug 19, 2020 6:43 pm

Thud wrote:
Wed Aug 19, 2020 8:59 am
Yep the old “shouldnt it be warmer coming from the north?”

“no son, it’s from deeper water”

I’m in some sort rubber to January.
Water starts to get cold in August and stays cold till late Jan. More or less three months behind air temps. October to November I would start considering a Springy maybe. Water can still be 16 degrees in December. It's even worse if the air temp is 30 degrees.

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Re: Where did you surf today ?

Post by channels » Wed Aug 19, 2020 7:29 pm

Beanpole wrote:
Wed Aug 19, 2020 6:43 pm
Thud wrote:
Wed Aug 19, 2020 8:59 am
Yep the old “shouldnt it be warmer coming from the north?”

“no son, it’s from deeper water”

I’m in some sort rubber to January.
Water starts to get cold in August and stays cold till late Jan. More or less three months behind air temps. October to November I would start considering a Springy maybe. Water can still be 16 degrees in December. It's even worse if the air temp is 30 degrees.
Overreaching there Beans.

Water in Sydney rarely gets to 16 at the depth of winter. Even on days with upwelling, it gets to 17 or so. In December it’s usually 20 or 21.

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Re: Where did you surf today ?

Post by Drailed » Wed Aug 19, 2020 7:33 pm

Full of shit Channels, strong northerlies in December can drop it a fair bit.
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Re: Where did you surf today ?

Post by Thud » Wed Aug 19, 2020 7:55 pm

Pretty sure May and December is the same temperature
marauding mullet wrote:
Sun Nov 22, 2020 9:57 pm

….this was pushing off the wall not diving in.

...running out of breath underwater hasn’t been an issue. Not too bad for a 62 y/o who surfs irregularly.

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Re: Where did you surf today ?

Post by channels » Wed Aug 19, 2020 8:01 pm

Drailed wrote:
Wed Aug 19, 2020 7:33 pm
Full of shit Channels, strong northerlies in December can drop it a fair bit.
For a day or 2 yes, then the warm water comes back.

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Re: Where did you surf today ?

Post by channels » Wed Aug 19, 2020 8:08 pm


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Re: Where did you surf today ?

Post by Thud » Wed Aug 19, 2020 8:53 pm

Yep. Too true. The Northerly cold snaps are infrequent
marauding mullet wrote:
Sun Nov 22, 2020 9:57 pm

….this was pushing off the wall not diving in.

...running out of breath underwater hasn’t been an issue. Not too bad for a 62 y/o who surfs irregularly.

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Re: Where did you surf today ?

Post by Beanpole » Wed Aug 19, 2020 9:28 pm

Average temps of course don't necessarily take into account the change to colder temps over recent years. However the chart does show that temps are lower through August/ September and only climb back up towards December. So allowing for a bit of hyperbole the premise rings true.

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