What Happened At Cloudbreak Yesterday?

23 May 2016 1 Share

The South Coast shone on Saturday in South Australia, Photo by Joe Wallace @S_wank

The South Coast shone on Saturday in South Australia, Photo by Joe Wallace @S_wank

COASTALWATCH | Swell Diary

If you watched the swell event video forecast last week, you would have been aware that there were simultaneous swells firing all over the Australasian region. Here's the breakdown of what happened where, and what's still happening including in Fiji where Cloudbreak has been pumping. It seems like after a summer of spectacular swell Queenslanders are the only ones not getting this supply. 

Thanks to all the photographers and reporters who contributed to the wrap-up. 

Revisit the forecast swell event via Ben Macartney's forecast video here

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Coastalwatch surf reporter from the West, Dan Wyer dialled in on the cyclonic conditions from the weekend. "A large SW swell overlapped by WSW groundswell as strong to gale-force winds built up from the WSW peaking mid-afternoon on Saturday. The swell peaked at 20-25 feet with combination sets easily up to 30 feet on the Bomboras and reefs; it was rough and ugly and mostly un-surfable. While the ultra protected corners like Cape Nautilus and Castle Rock held the winter-like conditions at 2 -3feet."  

"The strong winds washed boats up on the beaches and there was major erosion along the coast with the 120k/h winds through the night. Sunday morning saw the strong winds, coupled with the high tide causing significant erosion in most areas. Most areas have had a significant build up of sand over the last year, especially over summer. This storm looks to have shifted a lot of that sand which should result in some good banks in the coming weeks."

VICTORIA

"The east coast felt the brunt of the forecast swell with 4-6foot sets washing out the beach breaks on Saturday morning with the reefs the only option as the NE winds pushed in", said Coastalwatch reporter, Kev Fisher. "The afternoon saw the swell drop down to 3-5 feet opening up the beachies. There was another drop on Sunday morning with clean conditions accommodating all beach breaks with 2-3 feet with a mild cross-shore wind in the middle of the day before cleaning up on dark." 

The calm before the storm on Friday in south Western Australia, Photo by Dan Wyer

The calm before the storm on Friday in south Western Australia, Photo by Dan Wyer

NEW SOUTH WALES

On the NSW swell bump, Coastalwatch Chief Surf Forecaster Ben Macartney said "A solid round of S swell lit up the NSW coast over the weekend, generating two full days of solid waves ranging anywhere from 3 to 6ft depending on exposure. Saturday saw the largest pulse of straight S swell running at a little lumpy 3 to 5ft across southern exposures and there were some reports of larger 6ft plus sets across deepwater breaks. By Sunday morning, the swell had settled and turned SSE in direction, making for a full day of good to excellent conditions. Surf heights were still running at a solid 3 to 4ft across south facing breaks early before backing off towards 2 to 3ft into the afternoon."

Matt Grainger scores the Long Reef Bombie in Sydney, Photo by Bernadette McAlinden

Matt Grainger scores the Long Reef Bombie in Sydney, Photo by Bernadette McAlinden

Sam Jones and this Central Coast Slab on Saturday 21st May, Photo by Ethan Smith

Sam Jones and this Central Coast Slab on Saturday 21st May, Photo by Ethan Smith

Ben Dunsmore on Saturday 21st May in Sydney, Photo by Craig Stroh

Ben Dunsmore on Saturday 21st May in Sydney, Photo by Craig Stroh

FIJI

Photographer Beau Pilgrim reported to us from Cloudbreak today. "It started off a bit wobbly with morning sickness but everyone was buzzing to get out. It was about ten feet when we got there."

Big wave surfer Aaron Gold got the first wave of the day that sat up at about 13 feet. He had a big hold down and was resuscitated before being taken to hospital on the mainland in a stable condition.

"It was a scary morning. After the accident Cloudbreak was a ghost town, everyone was rattled. The swell was up and down all day with the wind changing directions. By the afternoon, it was edging towards 15 feet with one giant set at the end of the day at least 20 feet. It wasn't picture perfect Cloudbreak, that's for sure."

The swell will drop significantly on Tuesday and Wednesday ahead of the 5th event on the WSL Women's championship tour starting at the start of June. 

Damien Hobgood slotted on the inside section at Cloudbreak (Monday 23/5/16) Photo by Beau Pilgrim

Damien Hobgood slotted on the inside section at Cloudbreak (Monday 23/5/16) Photo by Beau Pilgrim


NEW ZEALAND

Areas of Northland that were forecast to have great conditions were reported to have peaked at midnight. Sets said to have reached 4-6 feet on the exposed points but with high winds, photographer Craig Lever told us. The Raglan, Manu Bay area reached 8-10 feet, maxing out and suffering strong winds (As seen in Instagram photo below). Other areas expecting swell made shoulder to head-hight and didn't breach the bars to provide the banks with enough force to provide waves.



Whatipu on the inside of Manukau Harbour. For decades Auckland's west coast surfers have [tried] to surf here in big swells. The idea being that if the swell is big enough there will be enough residual energy after it breaks on the harbour's bar to reform and push into Whatipu. It does break sometimes but the weekend confirmed it's elusiveness and irrational behaviour. Photo by Craig Levers

Whatipu on the inside of Manukau Harbour. For decades Auckland's west coast surfers have [tried] to surf here in big swells. The idea being that if the swell is big enough there will be enough residual energy after it breaks on the harbour's bar to reform and push into Whatipu. It does break sometimes but the weekend confirmed it's elusiveness and irrational behaviour. Photo by Craig Levers

INDO

We’re now well and truly in the midst of a sustained run of large surf across the archipelago and this pretty much sets the trend for the rest of the month. Surf heights throughout the week ranged between 4-8 feet with a large pulse of SSW groundswell filling in from Wednesday through to the weekend. See Supersuck's Super Barrels from Saturday HERE.

See the rest of the Bali, Indo Surf Forecast here.

The G-Land mid-week feast, Photo by Bill Morris

The G-Land mid-week feast, Photo by Bill Morris

Looking for cover at G-Land on the first real day of the swell, Photo by Bill Morris

Looking for cover at G-Land on the first real day of the swell, Photo by Bill Morris

Indo sunrise swells, Mitch goes right, Photo by Justine Elderfield

Indo sunrise swells, Mitch goes right, Photo by Justine Elderfield

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