Not even severe weather warnings could deter brave surfers from risking their lives on the monster southerly swell that pummeled Sydney’s coastline for a second consecutive day.
Sunday’s dangerous surf conditions along the New South Wales coast from Byron Bay in the north to Eden in the state’s far south weren’t for the faint-hearted.
The worst of the conditions were in Sydney with five metre swells and ‘rogue waves’ up to 10 metres.
On Sydney’s northern beaches, hordes of daredevil teens flocked to the South Curl Curl ocean pool to chain-surf the terrifying waves.
Teenagers lined the width of the South Curl Curl ocean pool on Sunday to ride massive waves
Further south, these brave youngsters were almost wiped out by the massive waves at Bronte in Sydney’s east
Further south at Bronte, three youngsters were lucky not to be swept away by massive waves that crashed into the ocean pool.
‘Five metre waves have been observed along Sydney’s coastline, along with some rogue waves in excess of 10 metres, which will create beach erosion,’ Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Jordan Notara told Daily Mail Australia.
The bureau issued repeated public warnings about Sunday’s hazardous surf conditions.
‘A monster southerly swell up to 4 to 5 metres and strong winds are moving up the coast today, impacting Sydney, Central Coast and Newcastle beaches,’ it tweeted.
‘While tempting to get a look, keep clear rock ledges and check your skill level before entering the water.’
The weather bureau issued a separate warning about damaging and powerful wind gusts.
‘The dangerous surf conditions have been driven by strong and consistent southerly winds along the NSW coast,’ Mr Notara said.
These teens risked these lives as South Curl Curl ocean pool turned into a churning spa bath
Hundreds lined Sydney’s ocean pools on Sunday to ride what’s been dubbed as the swell from hell. Pictured is South Curl Curl on Sydney’s northern beaches
The photos have emerged after brave surfers tackled the huge swells on Saturday.
Crowds of onlookers gathered to watch surfers tackle the monster waves at Bondi Beach, with similar scenes further north at Manly.
Clovelly surfer Joel Pilgrim, was among those willing to take on the ‘swell from hell’ to score a ride of the massive waves.
‘You’ve got to take a few beatings to get a few waves but when you do it’s like flying down a mountain. It’s the ride of your life,’ he told the Sydney Morning Herald.
Bondi Rescue lifeguard Chase Hardaker, 18, added: ‘You just skim down it and there’s no exit, you just wait for white water to just swallow you up at the bottom. You just look up and wait to hit you in the back.
Bronte locals in Sydney east woke up the sound of crashing five metre waves on Sunday
Further north at South Curl Curl, daredevil teens chain-surfed the massive waves
Big wave hunter, former world champion surfer Tom Carroll and his brother Nick also braved Saturday’s massive swell on Sydney’s northern beaches.
‘I was just waiting for it thinking ‘these beaches are going to get torn apart any minute,’ Mr Carroll said.
It comes after hazardous surf and marine wind warnings were issued for the NSW coastline from Eden on the far south coast to Byron Bay on the far north coast for this weekend.
‘The forecast weather pattern will produce high winds, damaging surf with significant wave height and substantial rainfall in some areas,’ Surf Life Saving operations manager Andrew Ugarte said.
‘It will create extremely dangerous conditions for swimmers, surfers, rock fishers and boaters.’
Daredevils surfers flocked to South Curl Curl on Sunday to take on the treacherous conditions
The worst of the conditions were in Sydney, where there were reports of rogue waves up to 10 metres
The Bureau of Meteorology warned the hazardous surf conditions will remain until at least Tuesday.
‘We’re expecting five metres well along the Sydney coastline on Monday morning before dropping down to four metres by the afternoon,’ Mr Notara told Daily Mail Australia.
‘The warning will remain in place for much of the NSW coast until Tuesday.’
On the other side of the country, surfers are enjoying similar wild conditions after ex-category one tropical cyclone Mangga brought rain and gusty winds to Cocos Keeling Islands, off Western Australia’s north-west coast.
The remains of the system are expected to combine with a cold front to the south, creating dangerous weather, with wind gusts up to 100 km/h possible for nearly the whole of the west coast.
Bureau of Meteorology warned the hazardous surf conditions will continue on Monday