Big swell delivers perfection for some
ONE of the two best days in memory played out on the Caloundra bar on the weekend as hordes of surfers scoured the coast looking for a point or bank that could handle the pure east swell conditions.
Well over 100 surfers gravitated to Caloundra packing a line up salivating over waves that were as perfect as could be found anywhere on the planet.
Windansea Boardriders' Daryn Fissenden said he had seen the bar break that well only once previously around 10 years ago when footage became part of 2012 world champion Joel Parkinson's Free as a Dog movie.
A switch to south easterly winds overnight Saturday meant the wave proved a one day wonder something Daryn said may have been a blessing in disguise.
"It would have been a circus if it had lasted another day,'' he said.
"Of the 120 in the water there would have been 50 who should not have been there.''
Locals including Nick McDonald, Reef Hazelwood, Jake Fissenden, Tim Bayntun, Josh Menger, Noah Kearney, Kalan Schloss and Huey Powell were on fire pulling into deep barrels and getting the best of the conditions.
Further north the straight swell was seeing sets closing out from Alexandra Headland to Maroochydore frustrating surfers and making it hard to identify an entry point.
Bryan Weir of Inside Edge described the swell as being a bit hit and miss with only those in the right spot at the right point of the tide scoring quality on the central Coast.
"For some they would have got the wave of their life, for others it would have been one of the worst sessions they've had,'' Bryan said.
"It just wasn't classic.
"There's been a lot of boards broken around the place."
Mudjimba where the straight easterly is broken up by Old Woman Island attracted surfers from across the region particularly on Saturday when the scramble was on to find a working bank.
Big sets continued to push through yesterday, Yaroomba's Shane Assink saying he had seen the biggest waves of the swell out the front of the family home.
His son, 13-year-old Zane, impressed in four to six foot waves at Point Perry on Sunday, paddling out through First Bay and around the headland to the line up.
They had driven to Caloundra on Saturday morning where he said their jaws had dropped at the quality of the swell.
Shane said there were a lot of learners and inexperienced surfers who probably should not have been out in the conditions.
Zane was not one of them. He started surfing as a five year old, has made the Queensland team for the past two years and has just signed a sponsorship deal with US surf wear company Vissla.
World Surf League professional Julian Wilson was in the thick of things when Noosa's points started to fire up.
"A group of groms spotted him (all would have been under 14 year-old) and couldn't believe it was him,'' said surfer and journalist Lucy Cantori of Noosa.
"They paddled over to him and Julian sat and spoke to them for at least 15 mins while they asked him questions about the world tour and a whole bunch of other things. It was really awesome to see him take a moment to chat to kids."
The waves are expected to hang around in the four foot range for the next two days at least.