The week that was....was bloody bliksem big. A monster storm rolled through in the latter part of the week bringing with is freezing cold conditions and the mother of all swells. Thursday was almost unrideable, although some brave souls through they could handle the rip. Mostly the rip won.
Take a close look at Robbie's shot of Super's above. Legitimate 3x overhead. Even PE was a solid size, a few double overhead one's rumbling through clubhouse. Millers also had a few at that size, but they were harder to catch than a looter with a big screen TV.
You can check more shots of Millers on Thursday here:
Dave Randle was also out and about with his camera and got some shots of the guys trying to paddle out. Basically you started at Bird Rock, and finally made the back-line somewhere near Millers main peak.
Clubouse was sizey...
Humewood was pick of the bunch on Friday when things calmed down and cleaned up a bit. You can check Stuart Gillmers gallery from Friday here....
Full respect to the man in the hat. No idea how he managed to hang onto it whilst paddling out. Anyone know who it is?
Baked Beans was throwing up a few good one's
The Pier was a bit too wild and wooly, with a hell rip. Coupla guys ended up there by default, after starting with the intention of surfing lower Millers into Hobie Beach - and then just getting sucked across to Pier instead!
Getting in after your surf at the Pier would have been, um, challenging....
....and if the swell's are almost as high as the pier, yip, then it's solid.
The end of the line - Denvills was the last stop to score.
Video from Mervyn Goddard
As I doubt there were too many takers at Fence.
Bell Bouy was doing it's thing.
Then a few minutes later that would bend into the bay and detonate
The northerlies during the week made sure that the wild side lit up - some heaving shacks at Beachview and Maitland with no takers. Other than the dolphins!
Of course Supers was going off it's pip. Just to prove there is gold at the end of the rainbow.
Other than the big swell, there was big rain too. Parts of the beachfront got flooded, with the intersection at Something Good/8th avenue looking like a small dam.
With rain comes rainbows - guessing this one was pointing to a proper peak on the wild side.
Sards also had some new water features.
Even with the waves getting all the attention, there were still the usual lekker sunrises and moonrises.
Hopefully the big swell heralds what we can expect for the rest of the winter. We're owed some solid surf. It was pretty solid too in my other front yard. And certainly a lot warmer!