The Best of Cyclone Oma

Jason Lock

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Updated 231d ago

What a run of swell this has been. Day after day of hollow, heavy cylinders unloading on the Aussie east coast, all thanks to Tropical Cyclone Oma. Yesterday, was the perfect crescendo to a dream run as the biggest session so far went down on the Gold Coast.

Those kind of hyper tubes that make step offs mandatory at Burleigh Heads, the trade off being that jet sis saturated the lineup. That aside, the past four days have been remarkable. All-time Noosa, Snapper and Kirra going off, of course, leading to some claiming this could well have been one of the best (and most exciting) swells in recent years.

Forecast: Gold Coast

Humble beginnings: The start of TC Oma off the east coast of Australia.

Humble beginnings: The start of TC Oma off the east coast of Australia.

And Oma's not quite done yet. She may have peaked over the weekend, but there's still swell in the water – and will keep running well into this week. Those strong southerly winds are due to swing later on. “Looking further ahead into the week, expect a continuation of large surf, not really dropping below six feet, with strong southeast winds,” says MSW forecaster Tony Butt. “Forecast probabilities are now quite high for at least the first half of this week.”

© 2019 - Juan Medina

On Saturday, wave heights were forecast to hit around the 15ft mark with strong gale-force winds and although Sunday was a touch smaller, made for some well-groomed emerald kegs for the most dedicated – Jack Freestone arguably snagging the wave of the run, captured by Juan Medina.

Powerhouse Freestone.

Powerhouse Freestone.

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Wherever you managed to score, this sure won't be forgotten in a hurry. An insane few days that will go down in history. Enjoy some of the top shots that have slid into the MSW inbox throughout the course.

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Kirra, Snapper, everywhere has been driven into frenzy mode.

Kirra, Snapper, everywhere has been driven into frenzy mode.

© 2019 - Tom Pearsall

© 2019 - Juan Medina

All-time Noosa?

All-time Noosa?

© 2019 - Tom Pearsall

© 2019 - Juan Medina