NSW SWELL REPORT: Fish Out of Water

13 Sep 2012 0 Share

The Sydney Spring wave drought finally eases!

Words and photos by Ben Horvath/Jack Taylor


If you’re a Sydney surfer you could be forgiven for feeling more than a little bit edgy during the recent flat spell.

Fish out of water is the analogy that comes to mind.

There’s no denying Sydney surfers enjoyed a pretty consistent Autumn and Winter, but it seems Huey pretty much turned the tap off back in mid August, and you’re only as good as your last surf right? More specifically – your mood and vibe as a surfer is very dependent on getting a regular saltwater fix.

We have just endured two consecutive flat weekends in a row, and it very nearly turned into three, until the wave drought was finally broken by a welcome three to four foot pulse of south swell last Sunday September 9.

This time of the year on the east coast can often be very frustrating for surfers as the transition from winter to spring delivers a combination of hot, northerly induced flat spells, cool westerly changes, weaker southerlies and everything in between.

The way I see it Sept and Oct are great months to escape the cool water temps, the early onset of coastal sea breezes, poor banks and inevitable flat late winter/early spring flat spells by bailing to Indo.

There have been waves everywhere but on the east coast of late. Indo was mental last week; WA, SA, Vic and Tassie all had their share of swell, whilst the east coast wallowed in 6 inch NE chop.

Finally a fun sized south swell pushed up the coast on Sunday morning. A secondary pulse of longer – period Sth groundswell filled in on Tuesday Sept 11, initially starting out in the two to three foot range before building to stronger three to five foot surf across south facing beaches during the day.

Wednesday September 12 was the highlight of the month thus far as clean three to four foot south lines combined with sunny skies and favourable offshore NW winds until lunchtime.

South facing beachies and reef breaks from Ulladulla to Ballina delivered the best day of surf since mid August.

The good news is Coastalwatch chief swell forecaster Benny Mac said, “We can expect a staple diet of Sth swell across the NSW coast for the remainder of the week and into the weekend.”

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