As documented, the week leading into Easter 2012 was very much like the summer we never had in Sydney and surrounds, only there was swell.
Thursday April 5 was the biggest and best day as a solid round of east-northeast groundswell topped out in the four to occasionally six foot plus range right up and down the East Coast.
By Good Friday morning the swell has eased a tad, but there were still plenty of thick, powerful four to five foot sets across the mid North, Central, Sydney, and Southern NSW coastlines.
The wind was offshore northwesterly until mid morning on both Thursday and Friday, and the tide was high early. Most beach breaks were excellent on the morning high tide, but closing out a little as the tide dropped out by mid to late morning. There was enough west in the wind on both mornings for exposed reefs, points and even select deep water bombies to be surfable, ensuring the hectic holiday crowds were nicely spread out over a number of breaks depending on ability levels.
Saturday morning was slightly smaller, however it was the cleanest, most inviting morning of the holiday break, with straight offshore westerly winds grooming the still two-to-four foot easterly swell to perfection.
A fresh southerly change charged up the coast through Sydney late on Saturday morning and re–energised the by-then east-southeast swell train just in time for Sunday.
Easter Sunday delivered slightly bumpy three-to-four foot east-southeast peaks and fresh northeasterly sea breezes as the influence from Saturday’s southerly change rapidly petered out.
Monday morning was a beautiful, crisp autumn morning. A typical calm before the storm scenario with cool, offshore westerly winds and two foot or so of leftover east-southeast swell.
In summation, Easter 2012 was a great extended surfing break, offering a variety of conditions from solid six foot plus reef and point break chunks on Thursday, to clean, inviting beachies on Monday.
Benny Mac has forecast a solid round of southerly swell this week, so click through to his forecast and bust out the spring suit or short arm steamer and hook in if your still on holidays.