NSW SWELL REPORT: Mid October Waves

16 Oct 2012 0 Share

Huey has served up a bit of everything during the first half of October in Sydney and surrounds.

Report by Ben Horvath
Pics by Bill Morris - Frothers.com / Ben Horvath / Randy Sparrow

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Heatwaves, unseasonal spring snow, flat spells and consecutive south swells. Unfortunately the wind and bank situation has not been too sexy though.

After six or eight weeks of intermittent two-to-four-foot south swells, a brief pulse of four-to-five-foot action back on September 11, and quite a few flat days in between, the bank quality on most of Sydney’s beaches has been average at best.

I did the drive from Southern Sydney Suburbia to Blackrock last week and didn’t spot one v bank in between. Conversely a recent trip to far northern NSW revealed great banks on the Byron to Ballina stretch and on the Tweed coast. Unusual at this time of year!

Last Sunday October 7 delivered a brief pulse of 6-foot south swell, but only for a few fleeting hours.

Similarly, Freezing Friday October 12 produced some cold, uncrowded 3-to-5-foot peaks and Saturday morning was warmer and similar in size, but in all honesty both swells came in under forecast expectations.

Heaps of crew were psyched on the prospect of hunting down some solid 6-to-8-foot south swell on both weekends. 

All the spring sunshine and generally above average temperatures (Freezing Friday Oct 12 being the exception) has seen massive crowds terrorizing the small beach break offerings of late.

Hardcores were understandably primed for a little time out from the novice numbers and of course the type of adrenalin fix a mid-size south provides.

However last Sunday October 7 only really delivered occasional 5-to-6-foot sets for a few fleeting hours.

In truth it was a bit of a spring fizz relative to expectations.

Similarly Freezing Friday October 12 dawned cold and spooky with gnarly black thunder clouds, lightening, and even snow on the southern highlands.

In Sydney and surrounds it was 4-foot, offshore and extremely uncrowded.

By Friday afternoon the sun was back out and the howling, cold westerly was merely a memory. Open stretches were 5-foot max.

The weekend was fun as opposed to epic as the SSE swell eased over the weekend, due to the rapid eastward movement of the East Coast low across the Tasman Sea on Friday.

Monday morning was fun as in the two-to-three-feet range with warm sunshine and offshore NW winds.

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