On a roll: Local board riders are in for a big weekend with a huge swell expected to hit our coastline on Saturday.
On a roll: Local board riders are in for a big weekend with a huge swell expected to hit our coastline on Saturday.

Massive swell to hit Coast

SURFERS will be clamouring for position this weekend as a massive southerly swell is expected to produce big waves at the Far North Coast’s favourite breaks.

Chief swell forecaster for surfing website Coastal Watch, Ben Macartney, said it would be one of the biggest swells to hit the region this year, with waves expected to peak between 2.5 and 3m on Saturday.

“It is certainly going to be big,” he said. “There is a big low pressure system going through the Southern Ocean at the moment beneath Tasmania.

“This type of swell is not unusual during winter, but in spring we usually have easing storm systems that generate mid-range swells.

“It could be the biggest of the year, but the year is not over yet. It is certainly an exceptional event.”

The huge swell is currently battering the Tasmanian and Victorian coastlines and is expected to hit Sydney tomorrow.

The big seas are then expected to move north to the Mid-North and Far North coasts on Saturday.

The point breaks, especially Lennox Head, are expected to deal best for the big waves.

“Lennox Point will get the waves to wrap around, so it should be good. About 1.8 to 2.5m and pumping,” Mr Macartney said.

While the big swell may be relished by experienced surfers, other water users will be mostly landlocked.

The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting the swell to peak between 3 and 4m on Saturday morning, which would make crossing local river bars extremely hazardous.



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