A surfer takes on a monster wave near North Wall at Ballina.
A surfer takes on a monster wave near North Wall at Ballina. Dallas Nock

Surfers on a roll as huge seas hit

THEY were big. Really big.

A crowd stood at the end of North Wall at Ballina and watched the surfers enjoy a big-wave ride off the Richmond River bar on Saturday and Sunday.

One of the board riders, Scott Clifford, from Brunswick Heads, estimated the waves averaged between 2.5m and 3m – with some even higher.

He surfed the waves with Byron Bay’s Danny Wills, who was a former ASP world tour surfer and member of the Lennox-Ballina Boardriders, and two of their mates, who were towed onto the waves by jet ski riders.

“It was pretty intense,” Clifford said after riding the waves. “It gets the heart pumping pretty well.”

The group had been to the Brunswick River bar early on Saturday morning to catch the swell being pumped by a low pressure system in the Tasman Sea.

But Clifford said the Ballina bar was much bigger.

They chase the big waves locally, and he said they generally only came once a year.



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