Let’s spend a moment to think about the Anzacs. Right that’s done, now let look at whats happening this weekend!
Looking at the charts below, we can see a cold front that is swinging its way up the coast over the next few days. That is going to drop the temps down a bit and swing that wind Southerly most likely with a lot of wet stuff falling.
Depending on where you are on the coast will obviously determine when that wind swings. Seabreeze thinks currently sometime early Sunday morning but I’ve seen that about 6 hours out before so keep an eye on the charts down the coast on Saturday to see if its swung yet.
Seabreeze is also calling a Northerly breeze late Friday into Saturday and this is probable as its been the trend for most the recent southerlies. (It’s not a sea breeze people!)
So, Where does that leave us Sydney Siders? Well, lets look at the facts.
- Most people will be drinking this weekend, that really gets in the way.
- The traffic will be shit as its the end of Easter long holidays
- This wonderful sunny period can’t last forever!
For these reasons I’m personally going to stick around Sydney but I’m hearing of a few trips south. I personally don’t want to blow my weekend sitting in traffic so will stick local. You’ll find me somewhere on the Beaches or maybe doing some lessons at Botany. But there is wind to be had so get out there! Remember, Double-Demerits this weekend and there is ALWAYS a cop on the road from Dee Why to Long Reef!!
There is a SUP demo on at Kurnell on Saturday (see below) held by James Grundigs at Alliance Kite Gear
Have you seen the forecast for the next week? Its looking pretty crazy! There is only one problem. Sydney sucks in a west to southwest breeze!! There are a few local options like Boat Harbor but to make the most of it you are probably going to need to get right outta dodge and hit some classic winter kite spots.
The lakes at The Entrance can offer super flat conditions. Usually quite gusty but epic none the less. Launching can be sketchy off the grass and near the trees but its a great spot.
Hawks Nest also offers awesome, slightly safer conditions. The big bay keeps the chop down and will usually give you somewhere to wash up if there is an issue.
The only issue is school holidays and easter and all that jazz. Traffic will be a nightmare and accommodation will be expensive.
But there are your 2 best options. I know where I’m going!
If anyone is keen let me know.
The end of daylight savings for me signals the end of summer. No more post work surfs or kites and the return of 6am rig ups at the beach to catch early pre-work southerlies.
Yesterday gave us some great conditions here in Sydney. Long reef was RAMMED! I counted nearly 40 kites at one point. It was good to see everyone spreading out a bit up the beach and for once I didn’t see much carnage. A few people still ignoring the surf flags just to the north of the lagoon tho. If you see people kiting into the flags please go and have a kind word to them.
Sunday is a possible in my book. Its westerly at the moment and lots of rain forecast. I’m feeling a little dusty so have not looked at the charts or rain radar so I’m calling a maybe and keep an eye on it.
Take care out there.
Well, there is some kind of wind, its not a lot and it certainly isn’t in the best direction at the moment but the charts are showing it swinging more south! Just captured this pic from the Longy Web cam at surfit.com. Currently there are 2 kites out but going off the angles these guys are running its very onshore. Lets hope it keeps up the correct side of 15knots and swings a little south.
If you are heading out at Longy tho and it’s light, make sure you watch out for the SURF FLAGS that are going to be downwind of you, if its dead onshore you are going to need to end up running along the beach to get out and this will take you through the flags! Walk your lazy bones upto the pole and launch from there to give you enough time to get out before the flags, there is also a big rip up there that will aid you in getting out the back.
Enjoy if you can.
You’d have to be living in a cave right now to not notice that Sydney has wind! In fact, it’s spankingly windy!
I’m looking at the charts and seeing 30knots+ down south and a good 20knots on the Northern Beaches! Looking at the cams at 6pm (I’m still in the office!) I can see kites everywhere! If you didn’t know about the surfit.com cams you can click on the cam links to Manly, Narra, Longy etc from the ‘Wind, Sea & Forecasts’ menu up the top.
The rest of the week is looking pretty good too for the Sydney based kite enthusiast with NE’ers every day this week.
Hope you all had a great ‘Stralia Day. Crews were up north at Old bar, Down south at Ulladulla and probably everywhere in between. Personally I’m tired, sore and sunburnt! I’m hoping to have some good footage to put up on the site soon
Laters, kite safe.
Just a quick note to get you all in the mood for a good few days of probable kiting ahead. SeaBreeze is a little flakey tomorrow but the BOM forecast reads like a dream.
Strong Wind Warning for Sunday for Sydney Coastal Waters
- East to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots turning northerly 15 to 25 knots in the late evening. Winds reaching up to 30 knots in the evening.
- Around 1 metre, increasing to 1.5 metres during the morning, then increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres around midday.
- Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the afternoon.
Monday 6 January
- North to northwesterly 15 to 20 knots shifting southeasterly in the middle of the day. Winds reaching up to 25 knots offshore early in the morning.
- 2 to 2.5 metres, decreasing below 1.5 metres during the morning.
- Southerly below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the afternoon.
Tuesday 7 January
- Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots turning southerly 15 to 25 knots during the morning.
- Around 1 metre, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the morning.
- Southerly 2 to 2.5 metres.
Maaaybe watch out for the nor-westerly thing tomorrow morning but otherwise it looks like a good forecast, unsure on the wet-ness factor. This morning we’ve had 2 out of the blue little downpours and there is some puffy darkness in the sky. If you hadn’t noticed before that sort of thing is what makes it gusty. (I should write about why that is)
Right now Kurnell is turning it on with a green arrow, and we’ve just hit yellow at North Head. I’m sure the Northern Beaches will get wind today, temps are not that high and it isn’t a true sea-breeze. Surf should build too and there is a good little wave out at the moment so the surfers should be happy. Watch out for beach goers, it’s PACKED on the beaches, now is a good time to get your insurance from Australian Kiteboarding if you haven’t already. They have just emailed an update to the insurance policy.. Go and check it out WooHoo..
See you on the water…
It’s been a big year for kitesurfing.com.au. New website, new following, Rob moving to WA. Finally the Northern Beaches is getting wind.
On behalf of myself and Robbo we’d like to thank you for your support over the last year, things are still improving here and we’ve got some exciting stuff lined up for the beginning of next year.
I’ll be taking a trip down south to Kurnell on New Years day for a session with some south side mates so if you are about come and say hi!
For 2014 we are hoping for less of this :
and more of this
At least the weather forecast for Sydney is better than it was on Xmas day! Here is a few of us after a cold and wet ‘just for the hell of it’ kite at Dee Why on Xmas day!!
Thanks again and Happy New Year to you all.
Pete & Rob
With Xmas only 2 sleeps away now the mood in the air has changed. Traffic is light, the office is relaxed and slow, kids are running about full of sugar and the hangovers seem to last longer.
The last few weeks have given us some fantastic conditions for kiting all over Sydney. I for one have lost track now of the back to back days of kiting. I’m totally spent and sore. Botany took a good beating yesterday with 30knots of wind and the Beaches were very kitable too with some perfect surf.
Looking forward at the week to come, I see a lot of beers being consumed.. – oops, wrong forecast..
The forecast at the BOM isn’t too flash, we’ve got possible showers and high 20’s. This to me says sticky sticky sticky. Seabreeze doesn’t forecast much wind but keep an eye it changing. I’d think we’d get something light and kitable about Sydney over the Xmas break so keep the big kites handy. It’s looking bleak until next weekend but stay positive and ready to pounce.
Remember the fuzz are out and it’s double demerits so no speeding to the beach!
Stay safe and fingers crossed..
Pete & Robbo
*** ARVO UPDATE ***
It’s still windy and there are a few guys still out. It looks like it’s gone a little onshore. If you want to see who’s still there have a look at the DY -> Longy CAM in the WIND, SEA & FORECASTS menu at the top. I see Benny out.. he’s obviously feeling better
*** END UPDATE ***
After a disappointing no show with the wind last night mother nature has come back with a half-decent southerly breeze for Saturday morning. I got here just before 8am and was surprised to see 2 keen chaps just heading out. Wind is a little patchy and gusty and there doesn’t seem to be much south of the pole at longy. The beach today at longy is packed with events on at Dee Why and long reef so take care if it swings more on shore and don’t take any risks close to shore.
Unsure how long the wind will stick about so get in early. I’m just leaving the beach and there is 3 guys out having fun on 10’s and 12’s. The water is super warm too.
OK guys. This could be it. I’m going to call it! There is a great forecast for wind from the north and looking at the cloud movement its a north trend that will be boosted by a sea breeze. Surf is UP with a solid 4ft+ ground swell pumping in. This could turn out to be the day of the year if your into surf and wind. Keep an eye on it.