In the eastern suburbs Bronte was lining up like a northern NSW point break at times, complete with sand churning bowl sections. On the northern beaches Dee Why Point and Long reef Bombies were the focus. Some solid 8-10f foot waves were ridden off Long Reef by Damien Hardman, Hayden Cox and the usual tow crew. On the Central and Hunter coasts certain south facing reefs peaked in the 10 foot plus range. The swell started easing late in the afternoon, but was still a solid six foot plus early on Tuesday morning.
Tuesday was also an exceptional day to be a surfer right up and down the NSW coastline. Solid three-four foot south groundswell lines made their way right up to Snapper. The North Coast points were still firing in the four-six foot range, whilst Sydney and surrounds was sunny, offshore all day and still a thick five-six foot plus.
Wednesday July 13 was freezing but still very worthy of a session or two. The maximum temperature in Sydney was a very chilly 12 degrees, but with plenty of four-five foot ruler-edged lines, plenty of hardcores braved the icy offshores.
Thursday was slightly bigger again, back up in the four-six foot range at times, but the morning offshore gave way to freshening south winds during the afternoon taking the edge of conditions and finally signaling that the party was coming to an end.
As I punch out my summary after an early morning surf check on Friday morning July 15 revealed wind effected three-four foot leftovers I can't help but reflect on how school hols are usually a frustrating time for older surfers. There are generally frothing groms everywhere, mid week crowds are usually at a premium and I for one often flick my daily surf routine during school break unless it is exceptional. This July things have been different. I enjoyed numerous uncrowded Cronulla Point sessions and even a sneaky island session or two minus the usual masses - I guess because it has been pretty cold and there have been that many waves to go round in the last fortnight that even the frothing groms have been surfed out.