Gale force south/south-easterly winds west of New Zealand whipped up some powerful waves along the NSW coastline on Saturday. Emerging Yamba photographer Reece Dobbin was up at sunrise at Greenpoint, Angourie to get this shot of an early morning surfer taking advantage of the clean swell.
Gale force south/south-easterly winds west of New Zealand whipped up some powerful waves along the NSW coastline on Saturday. Emerging Yamba photographer Reece Dobbin was up at sunrise at Greenpoint, Angourie to get this shot of an early morning surfer taking advantage of the clean swell.

Picture-perfect waves roll in

SATURDAY provided surfers the chance to savour some of the biggest surf seen on North Coast this year.

Yamba-Angourie Surf School owner and pro surfer Jeremy Walters said the swell – about 8-10 foot in surfing terms, or three metres – was “the biggest surf we’ve had in a long while”. “It’s been a slow year for big surf,” Walters said. “The conditions were beautiful. Most people who knew what they were doing were out surfing.”

Bureau of Meteorology weather observer Jason Buick said the large swells were caused by a strong low-pressure system in the Tasman Sea.

“The gale force south/south-easterly winds created the strong groundswell,” he said.

Mr Buick said the winds blew for about 48 hours west of the New Zealand coast, which was far enough away to provide the “special” conditions – big waves and light winds – enjoyed by surfers.



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