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Big Waves in Newcastle, Australia

If you’re Down Under right now and hoping to catch a big wave, then Bar Reef in Newcastle, NSW is the place to be. The waves are pumping there, the atmosphere positively Hawaiian…

Found right in the city of Newcastle, this is an easy wave to access, however this lefthand reef-break ledgy wave is for experienced surfers only. It’s a hollow barreling wave which breaks on a sand and rock bottom. It becomes freight train fast when it hits the shelf. On a normal day it is a short, left break wave of about 50m, but on a good day that can go up to as much as 150m and that’s what’s happening right now.

Normally it starts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 2m+ / 6ft+… and it’s certainly + at the moment:

But of course, with a wave as easy to access as this one it is bound to be crowded. Crowded on a weekday and seriously crowded on a weekend…

On top of that there are a few inherent dangers, namely rips and undertow, rocks at low tide, urchins and sharks and it only really works when the sand is right. This is no more than the average experienced surfer is used to.

Big Wave surfers such as Jye Byrnes, Josh Ferris and jet-ski rider Rhys Smith have jetted in from all over the place to take advantage of these record swells. Predictions are that this whole week is going to be a good one for Bar Reef. Yesterday the waves were formidable – 14ft, today 11ft is predicted. Tomorrow is also meant to be above average with waves of  two to three metres expected and good swells for the rest of the week have been predicted. Conditions will, or should, return to normal on Sunday…

You’ve got less than a week…

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