:: Diggers Dawn

It's ANZAC Day today and a public holiday both sides of the Tasman.  The Dawn Ceremony on the beach front here at Mt Maunganui drew a crowd of hundreds from young tackers spying the action on top of shoulders to old Diggers assisted in wheelchairs.  Great to be up early sharing the dawn with our Trans-Tasman neighbours. We're in Mount Maunganui today on the East Coast.  The Kiwi's affectionately call this place "The Mount" and some refer to it as the Gold Coast of New Zealand.  With two high rises, a handful of low-rise holiday apartments and a surf-life saving club you can almost see the comparison.  There's waves here this morning but its a bit wobbly on the morning high-tide and plenty of post-dawn ceremony surfers in the line-up.  There's a decent swell on the Kiwi East Coast and it's forecast to build over the next couple of days into the weekend.   Should have some good waves ahead as we head up the Coromandel Coast.

Back home in Manly it looks like another swell is due to hit tomorrow from the South and the wind doesn't look too bad.  Not a bad run of Swell recently on the East Coast of Australia by the look of it. Happy days!