SE Queensland/northern NSW March 14 – 21, 2010.

24 Mar 2010 0

Burleigh bliss on Monday March 15, 2010.

Burleigh bliss on Monday March 15, 2010.

Snapper lining up nicely on Tuesday March 16, 2010.

Snapper lining up nicely on Tuesday March 16, 2010.

Gossman slotted at Snapper on Friday March 19.

Gossman slotted at Snapper on Friday March 19.

Dozza bottom turning on a bomb set at Snapper on Friday.

Dozza bottom turning on a bomb set at Snapper on Friday.

Boiling Pot bowl on Friday.

Boiling Pot bowl on Friday.

The Pot pitting on Friday.

The Pot pitting on Friday.

Paddlers perspective of The Boiling Pot bowl section on Sat. Note the surging water bottom right of foreground. The surge was solid.

Paddlers perspective of The Boiling Pot bowl section on Sat. Note the surging water bottom right of foreground. The surge was solid.

Kirra had a few on Sat.

Kirra had a few on Sat.

Noosa National Park on Sat.

Noosa National Park on Sat.

Northern NSW keg on Sunday.

Northern NSW keg on Sunday.

Cyclone Ului delivers some crazy Cylinders.

What a week of waves! March 14-21 was as good as it has been so far this year in SE Qld and northern NSW. Early in the week Cyclone Ului was spinning up in the NE Coral Sea and we were under the influence of a massive high pressure that was stretching from WA to New Zealand. The squeeze between the two systems produced a high quality long range SE swell accompanied by strong SE winds. The points were firing, mostly in the 3-4ft range with the odd bigger set on the incoming tide.

The direct north facing points at Byron, the Goldie and Noosa enjoyed the best waves. The sweep running down the points made a run back around and jump off essential in order to keep your wave count up. The crowds were intense, but the radical sweep kept everyone moving, so there were plenty of extremely hollow waves on offer.

The Noosa Festival of Surfing was in full swing at First Point, but the action at Ti Tree Bay and from the Boiling Pot at National Park down through Little Cove was mind blowing with one sand dredging section after another reeling down the line. Every form of surfcraft was pushed to the limits.

The swell swung to the ENE late in the week as Cyclone Ului tracked south west and moved closer to the coast. The swell grew in size, peaking in the 4-6ft range, but the quality was not quite as good as when it was from the SE or ESE.

Everyone was anticipating the swell would muscle up into the forecast 8-10ft range, but Ului didn’t track as south as initially forecast, crossing the coast on Sunday and losing intensity.

The good news is the swell maintained in 4-6ft range before dropping on Sunday. At this stage the sand formations on the points look to be in tact.

– JC.


Synoptic Analysis.

A solid round of ENE swell emanating from Tropical Cylone Ului came in well below expectation over the weekend. A steady weakening of the system took place through the second half of last week as the system deteriorated under increasing vertical wind shear and cooler SST’s.

TC Ului was downgraded to a category 2 system as it tracked south-westward towards the Queensland coast late last week, flowing through to a weaker pressure gradient between the cyclone and high pressure ridge extending across the southern Coral Sea.

The end result was a smaller episode that generally peaked at four to six feet across exposed coasts over the weekend before easing back into the three foot range by Monday morning.

TC Ului tracked rapidly westward on Saturday and crossed the central Queensland coast early on Sunday, causing the strong ESE fetch to rapidly dissipate in its wake.

– BM.

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