Monster swell brings big surf to Coast ... finally

IT'S here. After days of anticipation the promised big southerly swell coming off a slow moving low in the Tasman Sea has arrived.

Surfers were scrambling Wednesday morning as they searched for a beach break that could hold the long-period swells that marched in on the coast after long lulls.

At Maroochydore a handful of surfers looked for the edges of the set waves and even then had to commit to the barrel as the waves swept along the beach at rapid pace.

The story was the same at Mudjimba where sets were hitting the coffee rock at the point of the beach in front of the main boardwalk and travelling north at warp speed.

Those lucky or smart enough to pick the right waves were rewarded with speed runs on big, fast breaking walls that tested both their timing and the design qualities of their boards.

The swell was continuing to rise on the Gold Coast this morning where it had already hit well over six feet on the sets with the expectation from Sunshine Coast Daily surf forecaster Mike Perry that it will get bigger.

At Noosa, Noosa Festival of Surfing spokesman Phil Jarratt has been left hoping that, as expected, the swell direction will shift more south east over the next two days.

The strong southerly direction has meant waves a twice as big at the Noosa bar as they are on the town's famed points making the high tide conditions problematic and delaying the start of the days heats.

"We're not seeing it yet," he said of surf conditions at First Point which is all but missing the monster swell.

"The two hours at the top of the tide are a worry. If it shifts more east, and that's what predicted, it will improve."

Elsewhere surfers were looking for breaks with good southern exposure to extract the most of the conditions which are expected to continue through into the weekend although easing from Thursday.

Concern persists about predicted north easterly winds which at best will produce afternoon sea breezes on Saturday and Sunday and at worst kick in earlier putting an end to quality surf.



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