Daredevil surfers have been captured taking on an enormous storm swell off the coast of Sydney, with the pounding waves breaking boards and eroding beaches along Australia’s eastern seaboard.
The monster southerly swell started smashing into the east coast on Friday, with keen board riders scoring powerful waves with favourable winds throughout NSW in classic autumn surf conditions.
Wave heights peaked at ten metres on Friday, with surfers spotted towing into giant waves off Coogee’s Wedding Cake Island, while kids took to ocean pools around the city to feel the wrath of the surf.
The swell held strong through the weekend, with surfers heading to novelty breaks across the city with gale force winds making conditions not for the faint-hearted.
Board riders share a triple overhead wave at Sydney’s Bronte Beach on Saturday during a monster southerly swell that lashed Australia’s east coast over the weekend
Keen board riders scored powerful waves with favourable winds throughout NSW in classic autumn surf conditions. Pictured: a surfer swoops onto an outside set wave at Bronte on Saturday
A hazardous surf warning is still in place for the Byron Coast, Coffs Coast, Macquarie Coast, Hunter Coast, Sydney Coast, Illawarra Coast, Batemans Coast and Eden Coast on Monday after a wild weekend of waves, with heights still exceeding five metres and more swell forecast for Tuesday.
The swell has been generated by a large low pressure system parked off of NSW, with waves causing significant erosion along the coast line.
‘A deep and complex low pressure system over the Tasman Sea is bringing large southerly surf and strong winds to exposed parts of the New South Wales coastline,’ the Bureau of Meteorology said.
‘This low is expected to gradually weaken and move a little north on Tuesday before moving away to the east mid-week.
‘These conditions may produce localised damage and coastal erosion to these areas. Coastal locations exposed to a southerly swell will be most susceptible.
‘Beach conditions in these areas will be dangerous and people should stay well away from the surf and surf exposed areas.’
A surfer drops into a smooth overhead wave at Dee Why Point on Sydney’s northern beaches on Saturday as board riders scratch over the giant swell
Three bodyboarders prepare to enter the surf at Collaroy on Sydney’s northern beaches on Monday as the swell continued to pulse beyond the weekend
Many board riders took to novelty waves to find a secluded corner to surf in the challenging conditions. Pictured: a surfer rides a clean right-hander at Collaroy
BOM senior forecaster Jordan Notara told Daily Mail Australia prevailing southerly winds were driving the swell.
‘The dangerous surf conditions have been driven by strong and consistent southerly winds along the NSW coast,’ Mr Notara said.
The weather bureau issued a separate warning about damaging and powerful wind gusts.
A strong wind warning is in place for the Byron Coast, Coffs Coast, Macquarie Coast, Hunter Coast, Sydney Coast, Illawarra Coast and Batemans Coast on Tuesday.
The Bureau of Meteorology warned the hazardous winds and surf conditions will remain along the east coast until at least Tuesday.
A surfer takes on a late drop on a wedging section behind the rock pool at Dee Why Point as spectators in the pool watch on
Some beaches on the east coast proved too challenging for board riders, leaving many incredible waves to pound the coast away from board riders during the swell
A longboarder finds a clean right-hander at Collaroy on Sydney’s northern beaches as spectators watch the surfers tackle the classic autumn conditions
The NSW Police Force Marine Area Command has advised people to stay out of the water.
Rock fishermen have been warned to avoid rock platforms while boaters intending to sail over ocean bars have been advised to delay their voyage.
The Bureau issued repeated public warnings about hazardous surf conditions over the weekend.
‘While tempting to get a look, keep clear rock ledges and check your skill level before entering the water,’ it tweeted.