Sun and Swell lead into East Coast Easter

5 Apr 2012 0 Share

Words by Ben Horvath

We have been saturated with rain, flooded out and shivered through an unseasonably cool start to the year, but this week has felt more like the Summer we never had on the eastern seaboard.


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It seems the wet La Nina pattern that dogged our summer is showing signs of easing.

March was the wettest month in NSW in more than half a century and the coolest in 18 years. This week Sydney surfers have been surfing in board shorts in 21 – 22 degree water, lapping up land temps in the mid to high 20s and basking in the sunshine we missed out on for much of summer 2011/12.

The best news has been the solid easterly pulse that has delivered waves from Noosa to Narooma.

A building trend in easterly groundswell began earlier this week, pushing up from two-to-three feet on Monday and Tuesday, to a stronger three-to-four feet by Wednesday and four-to-six on Thursday morning at exposed locations.

The winds have generally been light west-northwesterly early tending northeast during the day.

On the Gold Coast Johnny Charlton said, “On Thursday morning April 5, the swell increased to a solid and straight three-to-five foot with the odd bigger set from the east-southeast. The wind was light south-southwest early. There was a lot of water moving around and a bit of a gap between sets. It was for the experienced. TOS and D'bah were surf able early for the adventurous, but the points were the pick as the swell was a bit straight for the beachies.”

The swell is forecast to ease a little over Easter, but there should be waves right up and down the Eastern seaboard from a general easterly direction.

Check Benny Mac’s forecast for details and check back in on Tuesday for a more comprehensive wrap of the swell expected over Easter.

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