Swell Report: Everyone Loves June ECL’s

18 Jun 2012 0 Share

Words by Ben Horvath.

Whenever I get into a conversation with an overseas or interstate based surfer and they seek my opinion on when the best time to travel up and down the East Coast of Australia chasing swell is.

I always respond with the same three options.

A few days either side of Easter, the first week or two of May, and a week or so either side of the Queen’s Birthday long weekend in June.

If you travel up and down the NSW or SE Qld coast during those three windows, you are generally very likely to score a decent swell and wind combination.

Don’t believe me, then study the coastalwatch surf report history section with its archived surf reports by the region for the last decade Here

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Last week’s Easterly swell event was a classic case in point.

A solid run of chunky easterly groundswell kicked in last Monday on the Gold and Sunshine Coast, peaking at a solid six to eight foot plus on Tuesday and Wednesday and then maintaining at a solid four to six foot plus across the more exposed open beaches on Thursday. Whilst the swell eased a tad there were still chunky four to five foot plus waves across open beaches on Friday morning, finishing off an insane week of waves across the entire East Coast.

A deep East Coast Low that tracked slowly eastward across the northern Tasman Sea during the week was the swell source.

Coastalwatch chief surf reporter JC said in his late morning Gold Coast update on Tuesday June 12, “The swell is pumping from the ESE in the 8-10ft range with bigger sets. The winds are fresh to strong S now. It's low tide at 3.30pm and there is a lot of water moving about. Nowhere is really handling it. The points for the very experienced surfers only with a very strong Northerly sweep. You'll probably need a jet ski with Kirra handling it the best. “

JC reckoned, “Noosa and Mooloolaba were best Monday through Wednesday. Kirra was best on Tuesday and Wednesday. Burleigh on Thursday.”

The swell peaked in Sydney and surrounds on Wednesday June 13 out of the E in the six to eight foot plus range. The wind was fresh from the south, so Bower, Cronulla Point, Sandon, Reddies etc were the pick.

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By Thursday the rain cleared and the wind shifted light offshore in the morning at least. There were some good, chunky six to seven foot plus waves about on Thursday, but there was a slight bump in water surface conditions. Friday was a foot or two smaller, but it was definitely cleaner during the morning.

The weekend was exceptional.

Saturday June 16 was three to four foot and offshore WNW all day. There were chunky four foot peaks on most beach breaks and the cool, offshore and at times wet conditions kept crowds to a minimum.

Sunday in Sydney and surrounds was one of those days when all the elements align. Sunshine, all day off shores and solid three to four foot E leftovers combined with fresh four to five foot plus SE lines to produce perfect barrels pretty much everywhere you looked.

It was arguably one of the best two or three days of waves so far this year, and Monday is looking pretty special too. Let us know if you scored some waves and send your photos into our Roam Free surf photo comp for your chance to WIN...

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