Over the past two days, Snapper has been firing – as has a lot of Oz's east coast. No keg has been left untapped, no needle left unthreaded. A little wind impacted, sure, but what does that matter when it's heavy and incredibly sightly. As soon as the numbers begin to blip to life on the radar, (almost) everyone in Queensland makes a bee line for the water, and can you blame them?
Mick Fanning was grinding through throaty tubes, weaving through the inevitable slalom. A few spills, but that's expected as every ripper worth their salt scratched into wave after wave that rose on the horizon. Parko too, because of course he was. Plus, Occy, Dingo Morrison et al.
Forecast: Snapper Rocks.
But, saying that, you would have thought that with five titles between Occ, Joel and ol' White Lightning, there wouldn't be any scraps left over for the mere mortals.
Well, you don't really need to worry about that at Snapper. Even with a fully saturated line up, you can kick it, if you want, or scramble into a few nugs. Yet, if the images flooding our inbox are anything to go by, it almost turned into the 'Cooly Kids' show, almost.
Fanning described yesterday as 'pretty bloody awesome', and good luck arguing anything other than that.
And this swell? Let's break it down into tidbits; it was the Gold Coast and East Australia, from the Sunshine Coast to south of Sydney, that saw a strong easterly swell move in over Sunday and Monday.
Spot guide: Queensland.
Swell capped out at 7.5ft @ 12 seconds on Sunday, coupled with light, scattered wind. And Monday, the peak sat at the 7ft @ 13 seconds mark, with a mix of S and SSW wind.
This swell came from the interaction of strong high pressure over New Zealand and a modest strength low to the E-SE of New Caledonia. And while the session that unfurled wasn't all-time, it was certainly worthy of a super session moniker, as the pics can attest. Shooting from the water was Juan Medina, who captured all you see throughout the feature.