Gallery: Oma's two faces

Craig Brokensha
Swellnet Dispatch

Waiting.. on top the Kirra headland Wednesday afternoon, analysing each line of small swell rolling through in the few hours before dark. Timing the gaps between sets to see any hint of new cyclone swell from Oma.

The buoys are of no use at this hour, they're two hours delayed so any chance for a late surf was done on pure visuals. Unfortunately the swell didn't show before dark, with a limp 2ft+ of trade-swell pushing into the bank at Kirra.

Back online and Noosa pulsed just before dark and the buoys were all pinging with the new cyclone swell, though at dawn Thursday it was still 4ft or so. Things quickly changed with the arrival of the groundswell proper and the Goldy points pumped with shifty mixed sets between 4-6ft+ all day.

At dawn this morning the surf was on the pump again but things quickly change mid-morning as the swell from the southern flank of Oma jumped quickly and rapidly. Victory At Sea conditions prevailed and we're only just entering the start of the weekend's swell event.

Above photo from out mutli-talented developer Jono

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Blowin commented Friday, 22 Feb 2019 at 12:42pm

Third photo from the bottom breaking my heart.

The poor bugger riding has probably waited two hours for this wave , then just when he’s finally jagged one some muppet is EXACTLY in his road.

Not saying I’ve never been that muppet though.

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Nick Bone commented Friday, 22 Feb 2019 at 1:10pm

I reckon that blokes sweet, ild more concerned about the quality of that wave..

I am the bone

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JosephStalin commented Friday, 22 Feb 2019 at 8:49pm

Quality? Solid enough runner walling up to unload on the sandbank left foreground

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scroty commented Friday, 22 Feb 2019 at 1:10pm

Shot 4 I got a rough count of 160 surfers in the frame....

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AndyM commented Friday, 22 Feb 2019 at 1:13pm

There was a guesstimate made about a week ago of around 1000 surfers between Snapper and Kirra...

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Ted from the moon commented Friday, 22 Feb 2019 at 9:03pm

Last time I was up that way I counted 350 in front of the Rainbow surfclub. Looked horrible.

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blow-in-9999 commented Friday, 22 Feb 2019 at 1:13pm

Fourth from the bottom looks like there could be some gems. Roll in and backdoor the section in the foreground. Hard without a ski tho.

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redmondo commented Friday, 22 Feb 2019 at 1:23pm

You're bloody good at photography.

Victory!

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Craig commented Friday, 22 Feb 2019 at 1:40pm

Thanks Red!

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donweather commented Friday, 22 Feb 2019 at 2:55pm

How'd you get that dolphin pic? Multiple bursts and got lucky or brilliant timing by you?

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Craig commented Friday, 22 Feb 2019 at 3:02pm

Saw them coming with that wave and just focussed and waited for one to jump, and bingo timed it :)

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Pops commented Friday, 22 Feb 2019 at 3:00pm

Beautiful shots Craig. Hope you scored some bombs too!

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Craig commented Friday, 22 Feb 2019 at 3:03pm

Yep one memorable one yesterday evening.

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mowgli commented Friday, 22 Feb 2019 at 4:58pm

13m waves picked up midday at the buoys off Pt Lookout and Mooloolaba today.

“Life is a long lesson in humility.”

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Bnkref commented Friday, 22 Feb 2019 at 6:46pm

Sick Craig. Get many yourself? Looks sick but those crowds...

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Craig commented Friday, 22 Feb 2019 at 9:45pm

Crowds weren’t too bad an issue at all. Like sure nearly every wave was accounted for with good surfers but lots of wide and inside ones to split the crowds up. Still got plenty. Nothing like an inco 3-4ft swell with people shoulder to shoulder at all. 

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Solitude commented Friday, 22 Feb 2019 at 10:23pm

Have to concer. Plenty of people, you’re definitely not getting what you want but no where near as suffocating as smaller, lined-up, perfect, ‘can’t fall off’ type swells.
I can’t stand cooly normally, but when like this you only need a couple and you can paddle in and walk back stoked.

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Craig commented Friday, 22 Feb 2019 at 11:18pm

Yeah nailed it. As you said you couldn’t be on all the ones you wanted which were a-class but all the others weren’t too shabby. 

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Solitude commented Friday, 22 Feb 2019 at 10:27pm

PS-Craig beautiful pictorial portraying the rawness of the swell so far

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groovie commented Saturday, 23 Feb 2019 at 7:02am

Nice pics Craig looks like the odd gem in the rough. Mid Nth coast is under the influence of the sou/ east swell & windy south-sou/east winds which seems to be holding back Oma's gifts. Bummer really because this place loves a good cyclone swell with southerlies.

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lost commented Saturday, 23 Feb 2019 at 9:03pm

many skies around ? behaving themselves ?

knB

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cregan commented Monday, 25 Feb 2019 at 11:21am

penny for the grey torpedo's thoughts on all this