A surfer bails out of a dumping wave at Pt Cartwright on the weekend.
A surfer bails out of a dumping wave at Pt Cartwright on the weekend. Mark Furler

Why surfers might want to bail out of work

IF one of your workers calls in sick this morning, it might be worth checking the surf.

And you could hardly blame them.

The Sunshine Coast has been enjoying some of the best swell it's had for a long time.

On the weekend, surfers were carving it up from Noosa to Caloundra with some of the favourite spots including Coolum, Alexandra Headland and Pt Cartwright.

Even if you're not into surfing, just watching them in action under the sun can be therapy in itself after a hectic week at the office.

Surfing action at Pt Cartwright
Surfing action at Pt Cartwright Mark Furler

A group of surfers at Pt Cartwright turned it on for our camera, soaring into the air, and crashing off dumping waves.

Over the weekend the final round of swell from Cyclone Donna intermingled with a short range pulse of south-easterly swell as a low moved across the coast and perched itself between Australia and New Zealand.

Surfing action at Pt Cartwright
Surfing action at Pt Cartwright Mark Furler

Winds were moderate and southerly throughout Saturday concentrating the best action on the southern stretches.

This morning there's still almost a metre of easterly swell and the wind has been offshore since about 8pm Sunday night.

The light westerly winds are providing super clean, fun beach breaks right along the Coast's open stretches and there's even some action on the more exposed point breaks.

Winds are actually expected to stay offshore all day - light south-westerlies are predicted for the afternoon - and if that holds up there's the possibility of a rare afternoon glass off.

On Tuesday, winds are again predicted to be favourable however most sites are forecasting a drop in swell - back down into the one to two foot range.

And that's expected to continue for the rest of the week as we veer towards flat winter conditions with light winds for the foreseeable.

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