NSW Swell Report: Sunshine, Triangular Banks And Mellow Crowds Can Be Fun

20 Jul 2012 0 Share

Neat south coast set up earlier this month.

Neat south coast set up earlier this month.

Winter 2012 in Sydney and Surrounds.

By Ben Horvath.

Winter in Sydney and surrounds is not all about chunky, windblown South swells or random ECL’s.

Whilst May and June often dish up plenty of the above, July and August are more often than not about smaller, clean three-foot pulses and quality, uncrowded weekday beachies.

Nth Steyne small, clean and fun on Thurs morning July 19.

Nth Steyne small, clean and fun on Thurs morning July 19.

Winter 2012 on the east coast has been slightly below average so far when it comes to the number of sizeable swell events. Autumn was quite consistent, but winter has really only delivered two genuinely chunky swells that pushed up or above the solid six-to-eight foot range. There was the ten-to-12 foot "Big Wednesday" June 6, stormy south [LINK: Coastalwatch Plus | Coastalwatch ] followed by the ECL induced East the week after the June long weekend, [LINK: Coastalwatch PlusCoastalwatch ]

That’s not to say anyone is complaining though, because it has been a long way off a dud winter for the majority of everyday surfers.

There have been plenty of consistent, well shaped waves in the two-to-three foot range, and a bunch of fun mid–sized three-to-five foot swells to keep everyone well satisfied.

Though there was a week or two in late June/early July when persistent rain and cooler temperatures made it a tad hard to get motivated. However, the last fortnight of above average land temperatures, sunshine, offshore winds and fun small waves has more than balanced the ledger.

In recent weeks crowds have been well down and the water temperature has generally remained a relatively mild 18 or 19 degrees. You can count the number of flat to minuscule days on one hand and the banks on most open beach breaks have been extremely well shaped.

Check out a couple of quick line-up snaps all taken in and around Sydney early this week and you can see whilst it has been smallish, the quality of the banks and conditions made it a pleasant week or two to be a Sydney based surfer.

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