The first signs of the northwesterly swell arrived Wednesday afternoon with occasional two-foot sets pushing in at Yallingup. By dawn on Thursday the swell had ramped up to a peaky two-to-three feet, and exposed breaks around Cape Naturaliste were also seeing sets from the south making for some solid wedging peaks in the three-to-four foot range.
Further up the coast, north facing breaks around Yallingup were copping the full brunt of the swell. By midday there were some surprisingly solid six-foot sets pushing through at Yallingup main break. The north swell produced some epic line-ups as usually-placid waves turned into grinding Indo-style barrels and straight-hander beachbreaks became winding, East Coast-style point breaks. Winds stayed offshore from the southeast all day, keeping conditions clean.
The swell was a notch below the epic standards of last years Tropical Cyclone Bianca swell but no one was complaining.
- Dan Wyer