NSW SWELL REPORT: Too East For Deadmans, Too South For Bower

2 Aug 2012 0 Share

Report by Ben Horvath

Photos by Horvath, Sparrow and Bouma

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“Too East for Deadmans, too South for Bower or Queenscliff Bombora.”

“Too windy for Solander, and too raw for Cronulla Point.”

I could go on and on, “Too hot to go to the shop, bit cool to go to the pool.”

You’re getting the picture right?

“Winter isn’t over till it’s over.”

“Another Winter week, another ECL.”

No need for any more lame catch cries. I think I’ve made my point.

The first week of the final month of winter 2012, and the swell keeps on keeping on.

Wednesday August 1 was the biggest day of waves in Sydney and surrounds since Wednesday June 6, but when you drove around checking multiple options, you soon realised it wasn’t quite right anywhere. 

That’s not to say it wasn’t an exciting day for experienced crew, but it was far from perfect. Probably a 5 or 6 out of 10. Having said that, any swell in the six-to-ten foot range in Sydney never fails to raise the froth meter to the extreme and Wednesday August 1, 2012 didn’t disappoint on that front.

King of northern beaches frothers Matty “Werris” Grainger towed mid Narrabeen with partner in crime El Capitan. Matty said, “It was kind of weird. We weren’t towing Southey; we were up in front of the surf club. “Chucky”, “Tooky”, “Bunter”, “Raper” and The Prenter brothers were charging. It was solid eight-to-ten-foot from the SE. The swell was not quite east enough, and the wind was not quite west enough if that makes sense, but it was solid.”



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“Tom Carroll surfed Newport Reef in the morning, then Nick and Tom surfed Queenie Bombie around lunch.” Timmy Hanrahan from Aloha at Manly summed up the swell when he said, “It was too East for Deadmans, too South For Bower or Queenscliff Bombora and too straight for the beachies at Nth Steyne. Tristan McCaffrey managed a bunch of adrenaline pumping drops out Bombie on a ten-foot gun though”

On the Southside, Ours was overloading and windy, whilst Cronulla Point was washing through by lunch. Luke Sullivan said, “The morning high tide session was a solid six-to-eight foot. I saw Jezza and Baxter take off on a few chunky ones.” King of the Point Gerry Manion summed up sentiments though when he described the drag as, “Too intense to be fun.”

Coastalwatch Coal coast contributor Clarrie Bouma reported most breaks on the Coal Coast were maxed out except the obvious exception, which was strangely uncrowded all morning, though that may have had something to do with the eight-foot plus wide clean up wash throughs. Bouma said, “If you wanted a good one you had to inevitably pay the price of taking a few on the head. Southies was on fire, but as always, actually catching one was difficult with the strong drag. Further south, Shellharbour was cleaner but only four-to-five foot.”

In summation, most options were overpowered by the raw swell. Select reefs and points on the early high tide were ok on a big stick, but as the tide dropped and the morning SW wind shifted south, things got a little outta hand.

The deep, powerful Tasman Low responsible for Wednesday’s peak in SE groundswell intensified late on Monday evening, delivering Wednesday’s peak in size. 

Whilst the swell eased on Thursday morning it was nice and clean. The next few days are looking offshore, the wind will no doubt groom any little lingering ESE swell, so get amongst it and enjoy.

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