Confused storm swell kept Sydney surfers searching yesterday

7 Jun 2012 0 Share

By Ben Horvath. 

Coastalwatch northern beaches surf reporter The Captain summed up what most surfers were thinking about yesterday's "Big Wednesday" June 6, 2012 chaos when he turned to tow partner Matty Grainger after their mid morning Deadmans session and said that was "Confused."

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I would go one step further and call yesterday's maelstrom a dazed and confused cyclone.            

It had all the hallmarks of a cyclone, only it was cold, and of course way too south to technically be termed a cyclone. 

The coast around Sydney and surrounds was pummelled by torrential rain and winds up to 128 km/h overnight on Tuesday June 5. Whilst those winds eased back to 30 to 50km/h from the south on Wednesday, it was still way too windy to be epic. 

The mainstream media hype machine loves East Coast Lows almost as much as cyclones. They love the guaranteed ratings news coverage of the wind, rain, swell and associated carnage brings to their respective radio and TV networks. 

Admittedly Coastalwatch similarly thrives on the frothtacular click through rates photo and video clips of said events garner.            

Truth is though, as per most cyclone swells - the reality hardly lives up to the hype and expectation. 

Yes the swell was massive, pushing15ft of pure confusion at many exposed locations. But the gale-forcewind was gale force meant even sheltered corners were bumpy and uneven. 

There were a select bunch of surfable spots in Sydney grading from sheltered novelty breaks inside Port Hacking, Botany Bay, Sydney Harbour and Broken Bay -  to open-ocean big wave spots like Cronulla Point and Deadmans.

Matty Grainger said, "Me and The Captain checked everywhere. Makaha was 15ft, but way too windblown. Deadmans was the pick at a solid 8ft with the odd bigger bomb. Benny Serano, Dayyan Neve, Jarrod Howse and Warriewood lads Scotty and Adam were the standouts at Deadies. Though as The Captain said, the swell itself was quite confused." 

If you haven't seen the Coastalwatch clip of Deadies yet, make sure you check it here: 
Coastalwatch Plus | Coastalwatch ]

Meantime here are a few more photos from yesterday's confusion. 

If you surfed somewhere confused let us know.

Opera House waves?



What's your call? Hoax or real??

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