Feeding from the trough on Straddie - photos
Yesterday, Australia's East Coast was flushed with beautiful lines from the east-northeast. The swell was a result of a broad trough extending from the Coral Sea into the Tasman, the sheer breadth of the system providing waves from Noosa to Eden.
Between sessions, talk in the Swellnet office was of the amazing swell-producing capabilities of these systems.
"Their close proximity means the energy is rawer, more consistent," said Ben.
"And there's enough peakiness for the beaches to be good," added Craig.
"Yep," concurred Ben. "They spread the crowds out along the beachies. What’s the point of an epic, long-range groundswell if it favours just three spots between Noosa and Byron?"
There was much more to the convo but you'll have to wait for Ben's article on the nature of stalled troughs to hear it. (Ben doesn't know he's writing it yet but now he's been put on the spot he has to).
Anyway, Andrew Shield was up at the northern end of the Goldy, lurking in the dunes, twiddling his little drone thumbs, and even swimming amongst the peaks.
"Absolutely pumping!" was all he could muster when I asked after the conditions, and the photos say as much.
All photos by Shieldsy.