Surf's finally up - but not for long

9th February 2017 11:38 AM
Swell builds at Alexandra Headland on Wednesday. Swell builds at Alexandra Headland on Wednesday. John McCutcheon

THE best surf to hit the Coast in months is not expected to hang around long so boardriders not already amongst it should get into the water.

Carparks at Alexandra Headland were full when XL Surfing Academy director Robbie Sherwell cruised past about 5.15am.

He said point breaks at Noosa, Alexandra Headland, Point Cartwright and Moffat Beach had the pick of the waves.

"It's the first real swell in six months,” Mr Sherwell said.

"The peak of the swell is today.”

He said while the waves were not record-breaking, they had drawn big crowds.

"It's nothing to get excited about except for the fact it is not two feet.”

Waves were between 1.5m and 2m on Thursday morning.

He said they were being generated by a low-pressure system in the Coral Sea.

But he said the system was losing intensity as it moved quickly out to sea, causing the swell it generated to drop off.

Mr Sherwell expected some decent swell to remain on Friday and the quality of the waves possibly improved as winds lightened.

It is then expected to drop to between 1m and 1.2m on Saturday and be even smaller on Sunday.

Looking forward, he said there was a possibility a new low pressure system expected to form in the Coral Sea next week could generate a day of decent swell on the Coast on Tuesday.