A surfer at Rainbow Bay makes the most of the oustanding conditions.
A surfer at Rainbow Bay makes the most of the oustanding conditions.

Swell month for surfers

SURFERS along the central east coast of Australia have enjoyed ideal conditions over the past month.

JS surfboards salesman John Hookham said business had been better than June last year.

“We are definitely selling more boards, I'd say 15-20% more,” Mr Hookham said.

He said he had noticed a large number of international surfers coming to the Gold Coast.

“There are lots of Europeans, Japanese and Brazilians coming for the waves ... 60% of our trade is international customers,” he said.

Tag Team creator Jay Carter, who organises youth surfing events, said young surfers were getting invaluable experience on the waves.

“Yeah, it's excellent. People are getting the best waves of their lives – from Yamba to Noosa,” he said.

“Everyone's getting great surf.”

Watersports Guru director Tim Adams said the large swell meant he was not able to offer as many surf lessons.

“Our learn-to-surf classes have dwindled in the last month,” he said.

“With the newbies you've got to get a safe spot.”

But Mr Adams said it was not all bad news.

“We've got a lot more free time in the water doing our own thing,” he said.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Bryan Rolstone said the swell was a result of a good development of low pressure systems off Australia.

He said by Sunday, the potential for decent surf would decrease.