Sizable surf to ring in a new year on the Tweed
BIG swells and a week of good waves greeted surfers heading into the long weekend, with strong surfing conditions set to remain.
While strong winds and big swells that were around mid to late week will drop off by today, there is still plenty of surf on offer to help begin the new year on a high note.
Weatherzone’s Rob Sharpe said the early bird would get the worm but there would be plenty of waves about right across the weekend.
“It’s still going to be fairly sizable with three-foot south-easterly swells across the weekend,” Sharpe said.
“Winds will generally be south to south-east and lightest in the mornings, so mornings are generally the best times.”
The best spots will be sheltered beaches and points, especially during the day for both today and Sunday, when winds pick up to become strong south-easterlies as both days progress.
Sharpe said changing wind conditions would alter throughout both days, but the earlier conditions should produce sizable swells before any changes swept through.
“In most locations in the mornings, winds will be south westerly, which means there’ll be some really beautiful waves,” he said.
“During the day, (winds) will turn south to south-east and on-shore, making surfing conditions less favourable.”
Big wave hunters are expected to find sizeable waves if out early enough on the northern beaches, while those looking for smaller waves should be looking to head south.
“Some of the bigger spots may get waves close to five foot with Saturday bigger than Sunday, but only marginally,” Sharpe said.
“For people less inclined to get on the big waves, it’s best to head to the southern end beaches where winds will be a bit lighter and waves will be smaller.”
For the weather and extended conditions along the coast, conditions will be perfect for bringing in the new year, with lessened winds and dryer conditions after a wet Christmas and patchy rain throughout the week.
Sharpe said those looking to catch a tan would find plenty of joy on the beaches, with a warm and dry Friday continuing into today.
“It should be a pretty dry weekend with winds (around) 10-15 knots, as opposed to the 20 knots, (experienced) through the week,” he said.
Sharpe said showers could still arrive on Sunday morning, but late afternoon or evening showers were most likely, heading into a wet period throughout Monday.
In other surfing news, nominations for the 2016 Australian Surfing Awards closed on December 31, ahead of surfing’s night of nights in Sydney on March 3.
Champions for categories: Male Surfer of the Year, Female Surfer of the Year, Rising Star Award, Waterman of the Year, ASB Surfing Spirit Award, Peter Troy Lifestyle Award, Surf Culture Award and Simon Anderson Club Award will be crowned, while a new inductee into the Australian Surfing Hall of Fame will be announced.
Tweed’s three-time world champion Mick Fanning and six-time women’s world champion Stephanie Gilmore took out male and female surfer of the year last year and Fanning is a great chance to do it again.
After a stellar year, narrowly missing out on becoming only the second Australian to claim four world titles, Fanning finished second overall on the WSL leaderboard.