NSW SWELL REPORT: Sydney Blows

13 Aug 2012 0 Share

Report by Ben Horvath
Pics by Horvath & Warren Keelan

Yachts Trashed, Planes Grounded, And Ferries Cancelled As A Solid Sth Swell Smashes Sydney And Surrounds. Ben Horvath Reports.

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Wow that wind sure did howl on Friday August 10 and all weekend didn’t it?

In fact on Friday Sydney and surrounds recorded some of the strongest wind gusts in at least six years.

Several yachts were grounded at Little Manly Beach after winds of 106 km/h hit Sydney Harbour. The strongest wind gust of 115 km/h was recorded off Botany Bay.

Roofs were torn down, power lines pole axed, ferries cancelled, trains disrupted and planes grounded.

At the height of the swell crew went novelty surfing at Fairlight Point on the southern Sydney Harbour side of the Manly Peninsula.

I witnessed 3 foot sets on the harbour side of Manly at south facing Fairlight, whilst on the Ocean side Manly was almost flat (a great indication of how directional the south swell was.) Same deal at Dee Why/Long Reef. Check the photos of windblown 6-8ft plus storm swell smashing the south facing Dee Why/Long Reef stretch on Friday arvo and then suss the northern Collaroy side side/offshore and 3ft.

August is often a month of contrasts - often a kind of transitional month of flat spells or big swells.

It is renowned as a month that often delivers gale force westerlies, but so far this August has been more about southerlies.

The contrasts have never been more evident than during the first fortnight of August 2012. We have enjoyed successive ECL’s that have huffed and puffed, the best waves being on the back end of the ECL’s when the wind eases and swings offshore.

The later part of the first week of August was fun and clean on the beachies and tomorrow Tuesday August 14 is looking promising as the swell settles and the wind swings favourably offshore.

The weekend was far from perfect; the wind was gale force southerly. The swell peaked in the 6-8ft plus range from the SSE on Sunday morning. Late Sunday the swell started easing and twisting SE.

Monday morning was in the 4-6ft range and pretty straight from the ESE. The wind was light SW early opening up a bunch of surf able options after the cyclonic weekend.

Jack Irvine and Matty Griggs traded tubes at “Middles.”

Let us know if you found waves out of the wind anywhere?

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