CYCLONIC swell has thrown up the largest waves of the summer and daring surfers have been in the thick of things.
Surf photographer Tom Woods spent the morning snapping experienced board riders in their element in Coffs Harbour and Woolgoolga.
The pumping surf was captured at a ‘mystery break’, north of Coffs, where surfers took their chances riding heavy waves over shallow rocks.
“One surfer had his board broken in half,” Tom said.
“He got a nice ride, then got hit by a heavy set and it looked like the board was broken by the power of the waves. It was a long swim back to the beach for him.
“That’s how nasty it got at times. In terms of size, the waves were triple overhead.
“I knew the swell was going to pulse, but I didn’t think it was going to reach the heights it did, it really was big compared to what we got on Sunday,” he said.
The Gold Coast’s famed ‘super bank’ at Kirra attracted surfers in their droves yesterday, in what long-time locals were calling the best stand-up barrels in 20 years.
Unfortunately, surf websites said the swell was too large for many banks on the Coffs Coast to handle, although good waves were also had at Macauleys.
For a full snapshot of the action on the Coffs Coast go to www.stsurfimages.com.au
PUMPING: Coffs Coast surf photographer Tom Woods captured some good rides at a mystery local surf break yesterday. Photo: www.stsurfimages.com.au