A SURFER takes a monster drop at Sunshine Beach on Wednesday, the day before the swell peaked off the Sunshine Coast.
A SURFER takes a monster drop at Sunshine Beach on Wednesday, the day before the swell peaked off the Sunshine Coast. John McCutcheon

Monster wave nearly tops 20 feet

THE Mooloolaba wave buoy has recorded sets to just under six metres in height off the Sunshine Coast in 32 metres of water today.

Maximum wave heights have subsequently fallen to around four metres with the average of the third highest number of wave heights measured in a 26.6 minute period staying at around 2.25 metres.

The highest wave recorded at the Mooloolaba buoy was a 12.1 metre monster on March 5, 2004, with more recently a 9.2m wave on May 1, 2015, placed fourth on the top 10 list and an 8.2 metre set on June 1, 2016 coming in at number nine.

Thursday has provided the largest waves of the current east south-easterly swell which has peaked and was expected now to make way for a more dominant southerly swell which would reach two metres off shore.

The BoM had forecast for the east, south-easterly to range from 1.5m to 2.5m on average through Thursday before shifting more easterly into Friday where it would fade to 1-1.5 metres by the afternoon.

Sunshine Coast Daily predicts the run of waves on our beaches would continue through the week in the 1-1.5 metre range with a few surprise sets pushing through.

Early wind shifts to the south east on both Saturday and Sunday meant surfers who weren't in the water early on the beaches would be forced to the crowded, though protected point breaks for their fun.


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