Swells hanging about and offshore winds for next few days making for some classic winter waves. There is still a lack of banks and shore breaks due to the deep long gutters so try the reefs. Swell from the south to south-east at 1.5 to 2 metres. Winds freshening north-west to west.
Tides low for the early and sure to be a windchill. Southern corners and reefs handling conditions best. Nobbys Reef, South Bar, Pogos and Merewether. Burwood, Dudley and Catherine Hill Bay to the south. One Mile and Samurai up at Port Stephens. Heavy shore breaks with steep drop-overs, causing poor swimming conditions at some beaches. Listen out for lifeguards at patrolled beaches. The water is 15 degrees.
– Dave Anderson
Winds West to northwesterly 15 to 20 knots. Seas Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning. Swell southerly 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1.5 metres by early evening. Weather Sunny.
Today: Keoyang Orient, 12.24am; Ultra Daniela, 1.35am; Melanesian Chief, 5.40am; Silver Rotterdam, 8.30am; Hinrich Oldendorff, 8.48am; Mineral Beijing, 12.20pm; Marina, 1.36pm; Oceanic Power, 2.15pm; Elsa S, 7.30pm; Twinkle Salute, 10.45pm; Spring Glory, 11.15pm.
Tomorrow: Tairyu, 7am; Corona Ace, 7.30am; Nirai, 11.30am; Island Chief, noon; Azalea Island, 2.45pm; Hakuyo, 3.45pm; Rich Wave, 7.30pm; Hanabusa, 11.30pm.
Today: Battersea, 8.55am; Genco Augustus, 9.10am; Orange Truth, 11.18am; Isuzu Maru, 3pm; Hiroshima Star, 6.15pm; Interlink Amenity, 8.30pm; Energy Glory, 9.30pm.
Tomorrow: Marina, 5am; Ultra Daniela, 8.30am; Keoyang Orient, 9.35am; Hinrich Oldendorff, 10am; Elsa S, 12.30pm; Chipol Huanghe, 1.45pm; Twinkle Salute, 6pm; Oceanic Power, 8.45pm; Mineral Beijing, 9.37pm; Spring Glory, 10.15pm.
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