Coastalwatch feature on the recent incredible surf on Gold Coast and Far North Coast of NSW
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 23 April, 2009 : - - Check the new Meltdown feature that just went up on coastalwatch.com by going to coastalwatch.com then top right front page under features, East Coast April 18 to April 22. It is about the crazy waves on the East Coast of Australia this week courtesy of an East Coast Low. It includes photos and video of Slater at Kirra, Mick and Bede at Snapper
the list goes on. Its a must see.
We all know how unpredictable/volatile East Coast Lows (ECLs) can be. The ECL that has delivered some mighty fine slabs to the East Coast this week was centred off Lord Howe Island on Sunday/Monday. In the 24 hours to 9am on Monday April 20 241 mm of rain fell, the highest April daily rainfall total in the 20 years that records have been kept there.
Of that 241 mm, 140 mm of it fell in a two hour torrential burst, with destructive wind gusts, the highest of which was an incredible 146km/h.
Of course all that was bad news for Lord Howe residents, but it put a smile on the dial of most East coast surfers, particularly those based in SE Qld and northern NSW where winds were more favourable SW/S. In Sydney and further south winds unfortunately limited surfable options severely. Only selected southern corners were any value. The swell peaked in the 6ft plus range on Sunday afternoon April 20 in Sydney. Monday was a similar size and its dropped a foot or so each day since.
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