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05 July 2011

North Steyne Reports

Surf report for the middle of Manly Beach (Sydney - Australia).
A forecast is what is expected to happen, a report is what is actually happening.
Both can be either numbers that you have to work out what they mean or text that give you interpretation of the raw information. Eventually you will just want the numbers.

Go to for surf reports they also do forecasts.

Manly Hydraulics Lab. (MHL) give up-to-the-minute reports straight from their wave-rider buoys.
Some sites dress up this raw data and make attractive graphics to show the information.
For example here is some of MHLs simplest data, the current temperature of the water at the Sydney wave-rider buoy.

Note: the sea surface temperature should be the same in both of the above graphics.

This link is to the more complex MHL data for wave height, period and direction:
These are the various MHL buoys off the NSW coast:

12 March 2011

Tropical Trade Winds and Surfing

There is a chain of islands running from Manus Island (PNG) through to (and past) Fiji. These islands are exposed the north Pacific "winter" swell.
The part of these islands that is of interest is their north west coast. Reef passes in that part are likely to have a good wave since as the swell wraps into the pass the trade wind is off-shore.
This graphic on the surf-forecast page is the best one I have seen to show the area and the trade wind.
Visit surf-forecast to get an idea of how it changes over the course of the year.
See also:

20 January 2011

Best surfing view (for me)

Look for the Orthographic Projection for SW Pacific (185°W 10°S) of wave height. Also of interest is the one for the period of the wave, the quality of the swell, its period. Longer periods mean that the swell is more powerful. These are called ground swell (wrongly) because they do not relate to the local weather condition.

Wave Watch III Data from
NOAA/NCEP Ocean Modelling Branch


Surf Forecasts

Our favourite forecast for surf in Sydney (and most of Australia) is:

LaJolla is handy for forecasts, you can pick a graphic for anywhere in the world:

There are links to other nice people that provide
this information:

Top view from Queenscliff looking along the beach at Manly NSW ... on Twitpic

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