Tropical Cyclone Tuni Fires Up The Gold Coast

4 Dec 2015 0

Snapper on Friday 4th December, by Craig Halstead

Snapper on Friday 4th December, by Craig Halstead

Tropical Cyclone Tuni is the first cyclone swell of the season and has swung into southern Queensland and the NSW coast bringing a nice Friday morning swell. 

SEE ALSO: Tropical Cyclone Seasonal Outlook 2015/16

This morning Snapper Rocks and surrounding points were firing with 3-4 foot rides and 5-foot sets and didn't the locals know about it. With daylight pushing the 4.30am alarm for most surfers in the sunshine state today there weren't many un-ridden waves. The wind change into the south has made the points turn on. Queensland reporter John Charlton said "Strong south winds are putting on 3-5ft of solid, clean, straight E swell with lots of push behind it.The swell is too straight for the open beaches, but the points are looking excellent." He said.

SEE ALSO: What's Up For The Weekend In The Weekend Forecast 4-6 December

Up at North Stradbroke Island is where the best-of-the-best kids in Australia are battling it out for the Surf, Dive 'N' Ski Australian Junior Titles this week and they've been scoring 3-4-foot draining barrels for the semi-finals today. 

Matt Grainger is the coach for the NSW team and said "It's been great, 4-foot sets, offshore at Cylinders, it's off it's head. The middle section has a really nice tube and there are 9-point-rides everywhere. All the individual semi-finals will wrap up today for the finals tomorrow. Xaver Huxtable from Victoria got a double tube but didn't make it out of the 2nd, yet still managed to score a 9. Harley Ross from Curl Curl also slammed a 9 on the board with a really nice barrel. 

Further south the east swell has also been kind with a pleasant early morning arrival for Sydney-siders and on the mid-north coast with "Early west winds have returning form to waves with easy eastern energy flowing through." Reported The Captain from the Sydney Northern Beaches. "It's not pumping but it's a respectable 2-3ft with some residual south adding peak. Open beaches look the go but keep an eye out for banks responding to new E direction. Into the day, light winds tending NE with energy hanging in and maybe even another foot of size by the afternoon." 

A grey by great morning for the Gold Coast, Photo by Craig Halstead

A grey by great morning for the Gold Coast, Photo by Craig Halstead

Matt Grainger's view from Straddie

Matt Grainger's view from Straddie

Harley Ross takes a drainer home, Photo by Surfing Australia / Nikon

Harley Ross takes a drainer home, Photo by Surfing Australia / Nikon

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