Our man in Sydney, Strauss has been a regular Surfco contributor for many years now. Strauss is a professional sports photographer and keeps a keen eye on the charts hunting down any of Sydney's surfing action.
Cyclone Oswald came and went and just like the last 2 or 3 east coast lows we had in Sydney a few months ago a combo of wrong winds, tides and swell directions saw only a handful of spots being any good - and only then for short periods of time. You had to be real quick to catch the action though it may have been a different story much further up or down the coast.
Here are some snaps taken on one of my trips south of Sydney to an area that holds size in winds that would be onshore in most spots back in Sydney.
Kelly Slater graced us with his presence at Cape Solander about a week ago, on the afternoon of Thursday 8th March, along with a bunch of other 'name' surfers who turned up to have a crack at the main break Ours.
Sydney copped plenty of swell from early July onwards - it was pretty much relentless. As quickly as it dropped it jumped back in size the next day.
Early Saturday morning saw a jump in the swell. The local boardriders, who were due to have a comp that morning, whooped and hollered as solid 8-10 ft sets poured into the bay which left only the points and reefs as a choice for a wave. They had to delay the comp but the locals knew which spots would be handling the conditions and soon scattered.
The beginning of June saw some pretty good waves in Sydney. Heaps of consistent swell kept everyone happy. Here are some shots from the Wall at Cronulla before I went off to Ours on the Friday morning and then returned for the late session glass off.
It's been pretty much "low tide" in the swell department for Sydney this past Summer. The size that was predicted a few times never lived up to expectations and the winds had a tad too much south east in them as well.
Lids, shark biscuits, speed humps and gut sliders are just some of the names used to describe our friends the body boarders.
Xmas/New Year is always a great time to jump in the wagon and head for those remote spots you don't normally get to surf.