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Re: Where did you surf today ?

Post by Wyre » Thu Aug 22, 2019 12:10 pm

Well, it's been blowing 50+ kms an hour westerlies for days here, so now that it is south I think it will come in a bit more seriously. But I was surprised by the lack of size too
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Re: Where did you surf today ?

Post by Nick Carroll » Thu Aug 22, 2019 12:22 pm

hmmm well close obs and surfing this morning, there was a fabulous pulse of incredibly straight lined energy between 8am and 10am. Looked for all the world like a building Hawaiian swell. Long interval, infrequent but you could time the sets to almost the second. 6-something on the sets but with more volume than that sounds.

Then over the next couple hours the pulse backed off, interval dropped a bit, more waves but less muscle.

Then the SSE came hammering in. I dunno if that wind is going to be all that psycho, there's a little bump in the isobars just off Sydney which is turning it more onshore than expected but that bump comes off later this arvo so the wind might back down and swing back SSW.

Looking at the winds in the source I reckon there'll be another pulse later this arvo, but tomorrow morning will be big and super consistent, maybe 8-10', good winds, that's in these parts anyway.

I think this swell has legs and will continue into Saturday, just dropping a bit every six hours or so from a peak sometime on Friday morning.

But the lines this morning under the fairly strong offshore were really beautiful.

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Re: Where did you surf today ?

Post by steve shearer » Thu Aug 22, 2019 12:32 pm

I'm thinking the back of the swell Sat.

but we have a N'ly forecast Sat.

this swell is being squeezed into tighter and tighter windows.

still small and weak here.

The sets yesterday had 15 second swell periods.

Lot of visiting surfers misjudged the line necessary to keep up with the wave line on the sandbar. You had to stay in touch with the trim line or get left behind.
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Re: Where did you surf today ?

Post by crabmeat thompson » Thu Aug 22, 2019 3:03 pm

i went south from me and got some fun waves. maybe 3ft sets ...

the big pay off were all the nude chicks sunbaking along the stretch i was at. i walked about km going past identical bank situations just for the scenery.
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Re: Where did you surf today ?

Post by steve shearer » Thu Aug 22, 2019 3:50 pm

according to MSW it's 9.5ft at 16s.

surf is a slow and very lazy 4ft with a million cnuts out and an onshore wind on it.

maybe it won't even get to 6ft tomorrow.
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Re: Where did you surf today ?

Post by Hatchnam » Thu Aug 22, 2019 4:02 pm

steve shearer wrote:
Thu Aug 22, 2019 11:32 am
I'm sure it'll get to 6ft at some point.

looks likely the swell will arrive with gale force southerlies though.

did you get a piece of it Iggs?
I’ve swapped today for tomorrow as the winds swing north and offshore for the south swell. Should be a few options.
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Re: Where did you surf today ?

Post by BA » Thu Aug 22, 2019 4:03 pm

Meanwhile in Sydney.

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Re: Where did you surf today ?

Post by ajohnsen » Thu Aug 22, 2019 4:08 pm

steve shearer wrote:
Thu Aug 22, 2019 3:50 pm
according to MSW it's 9.5ft at 16s.

surf is a slow and very lazy 4ft with a million cnuts out and an onshore wind on it.

maybe it won't even get to 6ft tomorrow.
Does MSW forecast the number of cnuts?



I wonder if it was Nick that was rescued on his paddle board?

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Re: Where did you surf today ?

Post by steve shearer » Thu Aug 22, 2019 4:09 pm

that would make it's own mini-series if he was.
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Re: Where did you surf today ?

Post by ajohnsen » Thu Aug 22, 2019 4:10 pm

Very mini! Ammiright?

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Re: Where did you surf today ?

Post by BA » Thu Aug 22, 2019 4:15 pm

:lol:

Turns out it was a kayaker. Not sure if that makes it better or worse.
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Re: Where did you surf today ?

Post by marauding mullet » Thu Aug 22, 2019 4:19 pm

it makes it less surprising is what it does.
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Re: Where did you surf today ?

Post by BA » Thu Aug 22, 2019 4:22 pm

50kph winds. 6 foot waves. Perfect kayaking conditions.
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Re: Where did you surf today ?

Post by godsavethequeen » Thu Aug 22, 2019 4:28 pm

steve shearer wrote:
Thu Aug 22, 2019 3:50 pm
according to MSW it's 9.5ft at 16s.

What does the Byron buoy say?

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Re: Where did you surf today ?

Post by Cranked » Thu Aug 22, 2019 4:37 pm

6' SSE
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Re: Where did you surf today ?

Post by black duck » Thu Aug 22, 2019 4:38 pm

byron buoy says
Wave Hsig - 2m
direction - south
period Tsig - 10.9 sec
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Re: Where did you surf today ?

Post by steve shearer » Thu Aug 22, 2019 4:45 pm

correct.
TP1 has been around 12-13 seconds.

Still, as everyone except Godsave seems to have figured out, if that is their imaginary data point or virtual buoy analogue it's a very, very poor choice.
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Re: Where did you surf today ?

Post by Cranked » Thu Aug 22, 2019 4:56 pm

Swellnet says:

Model Estimated Surf Size (12pm)
1ft (Knee High) reaching 4ft at south facing beaches

I thought that was good, but then remembered that Swellnet is not one of those wanky surf forecast sites like MSW and Surf Forecast so would be using the same scale as Craig, Nick, Steve, etc so it would mean 20' faces, or at least 12' anyway, depending on how long your foot is I guess
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