Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Swell could be seven feet on weekend, by Mark Furler - Sunshine Coast Daily - 1st January 2008

The intense low pressure system that has hovered off Fraser Island since last Friday may have wreaked havoc with plans of holiday suntans but for surfers chasing power and size it has broken a long drought.

Noosa’s points have been pumping since Saturday while Mooloolaba has come into its own.

Normally a safe family beach Mooloolaba has delivered enough grunt to attract the likes of professional big wave rider Mark Visser and pro surf Leigh Sedley.

Ti-Tree and Boiling Pot have produced the pick of the waves at Noosa National Park, but the crowds in the water and the packed carparks have seen many surfers decide to sit out the wild conditions.

But with big seas predicted to continue well into January the opportunity for less crowded conditions may develop as surfers become exhausted by the constant battle with dumping waves and powerful sweeps.

The low pressure system that has brought the weather and waves of the past week is starting to drift slowly north but forecasters predict that while the swell will ease to 5.9 feet by Thursday afternoon it will be back over seven feet by late Saturday.