Swell Diary: Corduroy Lines & Big Bomboras In NSW Yesterday

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The Hunter is making my mouth water! Photo by SCOTTIE HOLLAND

The Hunter is making my mouth water! Photo by SCOTTIE HOLLAND

Sitting, waiting and watching in the safe zone on Monday Morning, Photo by MARK ONORATI

Sitting, waiting and watching in the safe zone on Monday Morning, Photo by MARK ONORATI

COASTALWATCH | Swell Diary

Monday 25 July, 2016

*Got photos or video from today? Send it to editor@coastalwatch.com for inclusion in this swell diary!

As the sun rose on a new working week, so continued the glistening winter swell conditions of Sunday. Coastalwatch surf reporters up and down the NSW coastline writing describing the glorious offshore conditions gracing their locals. Chief surf forecaster Ben Macartney said, "This morning we saw a comparatively powerful round of groundswell generating solid surf; by all reports ranging anywhere from 3 to 6ft depending on where you looked."

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From the forecast, we see that this episode is the by-product of a complex, extratropical low that moved through our south swell window on Friday and Saturday. Initially, the low established a broad area of WSW gales across the southern Tasman Sea, but the acute westerly bias inherent in this fetch kept a lid on the size of the resulting S swell on Sunday. Monday’s stronger S groundswell arose from a more distant, gale to storm-force fetch, generated by a vigorous low-pressure centre located on the western periphery of the parent system, deep below Tasmania. The tail end of this episode should hang in at 2 to 4ft levels early on Tuesday under offshore winds before easing during the day – and this effectively marks the last notable day of surf associated with this episode before it fades to tiny/ near flat by Wednesday morning.

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A couple of fresh guns out for a test run and size comparison, Photo by MARK ONORATI

A couple of fresh guns out for a test run and size comparison, Photo by MARK ONORATI

Manly Surf School's Matt Grainger took this bombie on, Photo by IAN BIRD

Manly Surf School's Matt Grainger took this bombie on, Photo by IAN BIRD

Backdooring options open early, Photo by MANDY ZIEREN

Backdooring options open early, Photo by MANDY ZIEREN

Ben Player gets in for some fun, Photo by MANDY ZIEREN

Ben Player gets in for some fun, Photo by MANDY ZIEREN

Seebass survival, Photo by MANDY ZIEREN

Seebass survival, Photo by MANDY ZIEREN

In Sydney, the comparatively smaller and more accessible swell to the June 'Once'A Swell' didn't bother anyone. We were looking at SSE swell direction at 14 seconds with varying offshore WNW winds that agreeably allowed an 'excellent' rating on most reports.

Sydney Northern Beaches reporter Captain said "The bigger swell with greater energy arrived through Sunday night bringing excellent Corduroy ocean and cracking waves with sets up to eight-feet at south facing beaches."

Local charger Darcy Crump was out in the water most of the day and said "It definitely had the same style and feel to the June swell but was a lot more manageable to surf. This swell bought biggest smiles out of everyone today! On the bombies, for sure there would have been easy 10-foot waves and along the beaches it was still a solid and powerful five-feet. It was just the nicest day out there with the crisp offshore and perfect waves. The water was crystal clear and the energy in the water was exciting and electric." 

North in the Hunter region, Dan Mason reported early that "The south swell was sitting at six-feet with 14 seconds on the WNW winds at 10 knots. Waves were edging bigger into the morning but closing out a lot more than Sunday. Open beaches weren't the great but right-hand points and the reefs were the best spots to score on the high tide."

Peter Hudson from the Mid-North Coast reported that "Main breaks around town were missing most of the wave action with only small waves. The open beaches had the waves with clean, wintery condition, waves coming in around 4-5 feet." Conditions that were replicated right up to the north coast of the state.

In the Illawarra and the south coast we saw most beaches hitting similar 4-6 foot sets and a delicious day of swell. The good news is there’s plenty more in the way of new S swell potential in store through the back half of the week. A vigorous frontal progression moving clear of Tasmania during Wednesday sets up a compact area of 25 to 35kt WSW/SW gales out of Bass Strait during the day. The bulk of the resulting S swell should build in on Thursday; potentially generating set waves in the 3 to 4ft range across southern exposures before easing a foot or so during the day. This hinges on the strength and alignment of the fetch as it develops out of eastern Bass Strait, so stay tuned for an update on Wednesday.

Darcy Crump in a decent cover-up, Photo by OSCAR STOCKTON

Darcy Crump in a decent cover-up, Photo by OSCAR STOCKTON

The Hunter turning on an incredible morning, Photo by WES TURTON

The Hunter turning on an incredible morning, Photo by WES TURTON

The Hunter region rights, Photo by GREG MAYERS

The Hunter region rights, Photo by GREG MAYERS

Southern Sydney sunshine and swell, Photo by DYLAN COPE

Southern Sydney sunshine and swell, Photo by DYLAN COPE

Southern Sydney on Sunday looking a little bit less attractive, Photo by ASHER FIELDER

Southern Sydney on Sunday looking a little bit less attractive, Photo by ASHER FIELDER

Westyyyyyy finally made it onto Coastalwatch, Photo by OSCAR STOCKTON

Westyyyyyy finally made it onto Coastalwatch, Photo by OSCAR STOCKTON

Down into the Illawarra there were gems too, Photo by LACHLAN QUINN

Down into the Illawarra there were gems too, Photo by LACHLAN QUINN

Southern Sydney sweet spot, Photo by BILL MORRIS

Southern Sydney sweet spot, Photo by BILL MORRIS

The look of total happiness, Photo by ANTHONY KOUREMBANAS

The look of total happiness, Photo by ANTHONY KOUREMBANAS

Sunrise surprise, Photo by DOUG MCFARLANE (WozThatYouPhotos.com)

Sunrise surprise, Photo by DOUG MCFARLANE (WozThatYouPhotos.com)

Bodyboarders delight, Photo by DARREN WHITE

Bodyboarders delight, Photo by DARREN WHITE

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